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.

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


Mt. Baker Snow Camping Trip: Jan. 18-21, 2019

Come to Mt. Baker and snow camp with the Northwest School Outdoor Program! The focus of this trip will be practicing snow camping in a safe environment. Students are expected to construct and stay in snow shelters on Saturday night. After sleeping in the shelters Saturday night, we then partake in the outdoor recreation opportunities (typically the lift area, cross country skiing and/or snowshoeing) in the alpine valley on Sunday.

For interested students: Attendance at required classes on winter safety and snow shelter construction will be a prerequisite for participating in this trip.  Likewise, previous participation (preferably within the last year) with the Outdoor Program is expected.


Snoqualmie Pass Cross Country Skiing Trip: Jan. 26, 2019

Ready for some winter fitness? Interested in a scenic day in the mountains? Eager to escape from the city rain to a winter wonderland? Come cross country skiing with the Outdoor Program. The trip will head to groomed trails in the Snoqualmie Summit area that are suitable for classic and skate skiing. This trip is open to all skiing levels.


Cascades Snowshoe Trip: Feb. 9, 2019

This trip offers the chance to get outside, enjoy the Cascade Mountains in the winter time, and revel in the beauty of the snow! We will take a short snowshoe, between two and five miles, and enjoy the views and snow playing opportunities along the way. Open to all levels.


Lopez Island Bike Trip: March 2-4, 2019

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.

Ski Bus

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 potentially be an option to sign up for lessons on some evenings and to rent skis depending on interest and availability.

Dates in 2019: Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, March 1

Questions? Contact Sarah Eklund.


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

Outdoor Program