Snow Science Curriculum

We provide  snowshoes, in-class orientation & on-snow field session, trained instructors and use of Mt. Baker Ski Area lodges and access to terrain.

Schools provide transportation, teachers and chaperones.

Students provide lunch, outdoor winter clothing and a willingness to learn!

Day 1 : Classroom Session

A Snow School instructor will visit your school to provide an introduction to snow science and help prepare your students for their field session. Classroom visits are approximately 45 minutes & are typically scheduled for the week before your field session.

Day 2 : Field Session

Students visit the Mt. Baker Ski Area and work together in small teams to carry out field investigations related to the importance of a healthy watershed for human, plant and animal communities.

During the programs, students will

  • Make environmental observations including weather, terrain and snow crystal morphology 
  • Collect snow algae and black carbon samples for ongoing citizen science with WWU
  • Gather and analyze snowpack data
  • Investigate winter adaptations among local plant and animals
  • Have fun snowshoeing!