Instructors

Students arrive at the Learning Center with their school group and are divided into small trail groups with approximately a one-to-five adult/student ratio. Teachers and chaperones are an integral part of Mountain School, participating fully in all activities. North Cascades Institute education staff design lessons, provide leadership and train instructors at Mountain School. Mountain School instructors include North Cascades Institute staff, graduate students enrolled in the Masters in Environmental Education program through Western Washington University and National Park rangers. All instructors have CPR and first-aid certification. In addition, all instructors have Wilderness First Responder (WFR) training, an advanced 80-hour first-aid certification.

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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