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


Lopez Island Bike Trip: Feb. 29-March 2, 2020

Join us for a biking trip in the San Juan Islands! We will ride on Lopez Island, exploring the farms, town, and rolling scenery by day and staying at the house of a Northwest School family overnight. This trip is a great chance to explore a unique part of the Pacific Northwest ecosystem and partake in some longer rides. Open to all levels.


Olympic Coast Backpacking Trip: April 18-20, 2020

We will be backpacking and camping on the rugged and stunningly beautiful northwest coast of the Olympic Peninsula. From the trailhead at Lake Ozette, we will hike about three miles on relatively flat terrain out to coastal campsites in the Sand Point or Cape Alava areas. Once we establish our campsite(s), we will take hikes along the beach to enjoy the scenery in this primitive coastal area that has been preserved in its wilderness status.


Urban Biking - Ice Cream: April 26, 2020

Join the Outdoor Program for our second urban bike ride of the year! Back by popular demand, this adventure will focus on discovering the best ice cream of Seattle by bike. We will enjoy the Burke-Gilman trail and check out the bike trails of north Seattle.

Ski Bus: Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 28, March 6, 2020

Join the Northwest School Ski Bus for night skiing at the Summit at Snoqualmie. The bus will leave Northwest after school on Friday evenings, and students will have the time to ski for three or four hours. Students attending these trips must be proficient enough to ski independently. There will be a ski rental option.

To sign up for the ski bus, your parent/guardian simply needs to fill out a permission form for you on My BackPack. There will be forms for each date posted. Have questions about accessing My BackPack? Click here.


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

Outdoor Program