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


Urban Biking Trip - April 18

Experience the bike paths, back streets, and waterfronts of our beautiful city.We will meet at Gasworks Park and Ride to Golden Gardens. Along the way, we will stop at Un Bien to pick up to-go sandwiches. After lunch and exploring at Golden Gardens, we will bike back to Gasworks.


Lena Lake Backpacking Trip: April 24-25

This two-day backpacking trip will give students the chance to wake up lakeside in the heart of Pacific Northwest forests and mountains. We will hike about four miles into our camp, carrying everything we need for the night. Once at our destination, we will explore the area, appreciate the nearby streams, lakes, and plentiful shades of green. Finally, we will make dinner together, in small “food groups.”


Other Trips

  • TBA Outdoor Trip: May 15-16

A few notes regarding this experience and COVID-19:

1. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 case numbers and risk factors in King County as the trip date nears. While we hope for the best, we also prioritize the health and safety of our students and faculty. With that in mind, we want to remind you that this trip may be cancelled if the risk of COVID-19 transmission becomes too high.

2. With the help of Sierra Maxwell, our Health Coordinator, we have drafted a set of Outdoor Program COVID-19 Guidelines. Part of the pre-trip meetings with students and faculty will be to review and set expectations for following these guidelines.

3. Students and families encouraged to provide their own transportation, the NWS has limited capacity to provide transportation on our buses. If this creates a barrier to your student coming on the hike, please let Nathan Franck know.


Please email Nathan Franck, Outdoor Program Coordinator, with any questions.

Outdoor Program