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


Mt. Baker Snow Camping Trip: Jan. 24-26,2020

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.


Dark Sky Star Gaze and Snowshoeing in the Cascades: Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020

Celebrate the wonders of winter with the Outdoor Program on our first ever stargazing and snowshoeing adventure. We will depart school Friday afternoon and head to Eastern Washington, where we will take advantage of the new moon and dark night sky to admire the stars. We will stay indoors and then head back towards Seattle on Saturday, stopping for a short snowshoe (between 2-5 miles) on Snoqualmie Pass on the way home.


Snoqualmie Pass Cross Country Skiing Trip: Feb. 8, 2020

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.

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