The worthy endeavors of Outdoor Education

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We choose to start each academic year with trips not because it’s easy, but because it is a worthy endeavor. By spending our first full week of school out on trips, we send a powerful message to ourselves, our students, and our community about what we value.

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We value community – trips make it easy for the ‘new kid’ to become just another member of the class much more quickly than would otherwise be possible.

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We value connection – trips provide opportunities for teachers and students alike to share new, often challenging experiences.

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While teachers are often perceived as ‘experts,’ trips in particular provide opportunities for teachers to show that they, too, are also learners.

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We value the development of a sense of place – throughout Middle School, our students explore and experience a wide variety of local environments and outdoor pursuits, from Mt. Rainier to the Salish Sea.

This fall, our fifth grade students explored Mt. Rainier, including visiting Paradise and the Grove of the Patriarchs.


Our sixth grade students learned to rock climb and went hiking in the North Cascades, our seventh grade students backpacked to a variety of alpine lakes, and eighth grade students enjoyed team building and sea kayaking at Camp Orkila!


Sarah Path, Director of Outdoor Education