Ecosystem Explorations

4TH - 6TH GRADE

A strong focus on science and the natural and cultural history of the North Cascades provides the academic foundation of this Mountain School program. Days are spent hiking on trails that surround the Learning Center. Hands-on educational activities along the trail introduce students to mountain ecosystems and provide an up-close look at diverse ecological communities in the North Cascades. Topics of study include: wildlife of the North Cascades, biodiversity, food webs, glaciers and geology, watersheds, cultural history, ethnobotany and forest ecology. Students will bond as a group as they work, learn, reflect and play games together in a wilderness classroom.

Mountain School Resources

The Mountain School Blog is a way that students can stay connected to their experience. The blog tell what current Mountain School students are doing as well as tells of recent events and happenings up at the Learning Center. Mountain School students, teachers and classes are encouraged to submit posts about their Mountain School experience!

Mountain School blog

From field study to evening programs, this document shows a typical Mountain School program.

Mountain School program schedule

Mountain School Video (6:08)

MM-MS-thumb.jpgLearn more about Mountain School with this fun video by Omar Garcia and Michelle Tamez. 6:08Watch Video

 

MM-MSTV-thumb.jpgProduced by KCTS 9 Seattle for the "North Cascades: People, Places and Stories", this episode examines Mountain School. 4:54 | Watch Video

Mountain School: A 7-million-acre campus for kids

DIABLO LAKE — To truly learn about the great outdoors, one has get out into it and experience the sights, sounds and smells. T

ouch the bark, feel the moss, hear the birds, feel the breeze.

Children who attend Mountain School can do just that.

The school is a 7 million-acre campus with the North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center serving as its lecture hall. “

We are very fortunate to be able to offer this program,” said Institute’s program coordinator Chris Kiser. “It’s an opportunity for students to make friends and learn about themselves as well as the outdoors. They learn all about producers, consumers and the ecosystem.”

Mountain School packs a lot into three days. The focus is on science, and the natural and cultural history of the North Cascades.

— Skagit Valley Herald, 10/24/14

Field Guide to North Cascades Institute
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