Outdoor Program

Seeing Our Natural Connections

The Outdoor Program provides a range of opportunities for students to understand, interact with, and care for themselves, each other, and the natural world. Together, we go on one-day and weekend adventures to build snow caves, backpack on the Olympic Coast, bike around Lopez Island—and that’s just the beginning. Through time spent in the outdoors, students develop empathy, respect, humility, self-awareness, a sense of humor, as well as communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. Further, our trips are designed to develop life-long recreational skills and habits that are safe and ecologically sound, with an emphasis on environmental ethics and a sense of wonder for the places around us. All trips are open to Middle and Upper School students and most do not require previous experience.

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

Upcoming Trips

Outdoors Program Camping101

Oyster Dome Hiking and Camping: Sept. 21-22

Come camp along the shores of Puget Sound at Larabee State Park and hike up the Oyster Dome. The “Dome” has fantastic views over the San Juans and the Skagit Valley. The purpose of this trip is to get outside and to learn or review essential camping skills, such as cooking, tent set up, and packing a pack. This trip will prepare you for future Outdoor Program Trips and connect you with other outdoor-interested students and the Outdoor Program leaders.

Outdoor Program Alpine Backpacking

Alpine Backpacking in the Cascades: Sept. 28-29

The two-day Alpine Backpacking Trip at the start of the school year is a Northwest tradition, giving students the chance to wake up in the heart of the North Cascade mountains. We hike 4.5 miles into our camp, carrying everything we need for the night. Once at our destination, we explore the area, appreciate the golden larch trees and alpine plants, and make dinner together. This trip provides the unique opportunity to explore the ecosystems of the alpine wilderness and enjoy the towering views of the surrounding peaks.

Dayhike

Cascades Day Hike: Oct. 26

Join us for a day hike along trails near the Snoqualmie Pass area, a unique opportunity to witness the transition from fall to winter within forest and alpine ecosystems. We will hike between three and six miles during the day. Our specific route will be determined during the week leading up to the trip, based on weather and trail conditions. All levels welcome and encouraged!

Urbanbikeride

Urban Bike Riding Adventure: Nov. 2

Explore Seattle by bike! Experience the bike paths, back streets, and waterfronts of our beautiful city! The route will be determined based on experience levels, weather, and student preference. Potential stops include: local bakeries, urban farms, Discovery Park and the Ballard Locks, West Seattle via the ferry, the Arboretum, the Sculpture Park, etc. This trip is a great chance to discover the outdoors without leaving the city! 

Contact

Please email Sophie Daudon, Outdoor Program Coordinator, with any questions.

Outdoor Program