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 classroom at your school and provide an introduction to snow science and help prepare your students for their field session. Classroom visits are approximately 45 minutes & are scheduled the Monday, Tuesday and/or Wednesday 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 on-going citizen science with WWU
  • Gather and analyze snowpack data
  • Investigate winter adaptations among local plant and animals
  • Have fun snowshoeing!

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