Outdoor Program

Seeing Our Natural Connections

The Outdoor Program, which is open to all students in Middle and Upper School, provides a range of opportunities for students to experience the natural environment beyond the city. Together, we build snow caves, raft on the Yakima River, bike around Lopez Island – and that’s just the beginning. With one-day and weekend-long trips throughout the year, the Outdoor Program encourages physical activity and serene reflection – and supports students' awareness that they live within an ecosystem.

These trips are designed to develop life-long recreational skills and habits that are safe and ecologically sound, with an emphasis on environmental ethics. Students can participate in the Outdoor Program on a trip-by-trip basis to earn credit toward the P.E. requirement.


Backpacking in the Cascades

The two-day Alpine Backpacking Trip at the start of the school year is a Northwest tradition, giving students the chance to participate in an overnight trip in the North Cascades before snow starts to fly in the mountains.


Snowcamping on Mount Baker

The Mt. Baker Igloo Trip focuses on practicing snow camping in a safe environment. Students construct their own snow shelters, which they camp in that night, and also enjoy cross-county skiing and snow-shoeing. All students attend classes on winter safety and snow shelter construction as a prerequisite of the trip.

Our greatest hope is that these outdoor trips plant seeds for the future. We want our students to develop a lifelong passion and love for nature.

Jeremy DeWitt

Science teacher and Outdoor Program Trip sponsor

Outdoor Program