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

Lopezislandtrip

Lopez Island Bike Trip: June 5-6

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 camping at Spencer Spit State Park by night. This trip is a great chance to explore a unique part of the Pacific Northwest ecosystem and partake in some longer rides. 

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.

Contact

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

Outdoor Program