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

Next Trips


Lopez Island Bike Trip

Saturday, 5/21 – Sunday, 5/22

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.

This trip is a great chance to explore a unique part of the Pacific Northwest ecosystem and do some longer rides. Biking experience is required for this trip. You should be comfortable biking for two hours continuously (and then be able to imagine biking for another two hours after a long break) and have enough balance on your bike to be able to carry some weight, as we will be carrying some of our gear with us from the ferry to the campsite. More details regarding pre-trip requirements coming soon. More details, including the packing list an be found here


To attend this trip, students MUST attend 2 meetings:   

1.       Friday, May 13th, 3:00-3:30pm in Taussig – REQUIRED Trip Meeting 

2.       Friday, May 20th, 3:00-3:30 pm in Taussig – REQUIRED Trip Meeting 

3.       Monday, May 16th - Parent Permission Forms Due (Found on Mybackpack's parent portal) 


Photos: David Hellman and Alex Bracken.

About 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. We have a set of Outdoor Program COVID-19 Guidelines for program participants. Part of the pre-trip meetings with students and faculty will be to review and set expectations that follow these guidelines.


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

Outdoor Program