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

Outdoors Program Camping101

Intro to Hiking and Camping: Sept. 25-26

Trip Description: Mark your calendars! Everyone is invited to join us for this first Outdoor Trip of the year. If you have been hiking or camping a bunch before, great! If you've never been hiking or camping before, awesome! This trip is designed to engage both the seasoned veterans and students trying their first outdoor trip. If you are new to camping or hiking, we will work with you to teach you all the skills you need to be successful on a day-hike in the beautiful pacific northwest. Then, we will teach you how to set up a tent, create a meal plan and shop for camping food, and finally, how to safely prepare a meal using a camping stove. Don’t worry if you don’t have the gear, we have a lot of gear to lend! **Please note that the evolving rate of COVID-19 in the county and state may dictate that we change this to a day-trip.

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Fall Backpacking Trip: Oct. 2-3

Join us on October 2-3 for the Fall Backpacking Trip. For this trip, we will backpack in to a camping destination, stay the night, and hike out in the morning. Come enjoy Northwest forests and fresh fall air. This trip is open to 6th - 12th grade students who have prior experience with the NWS Outdoor Program or backpacking.

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.


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

Outdoor Program