While at Mountain School, students spend the majority of their time outside, hiking on trails and exploring mountain ecosystems first-hand through interdisciplinary activities. Experiential, hands-on activities in science, math, art, social studies and conservation fill days to the brim. Program activities extend through the evening. Mountain School curriculum is aligned with the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements, Grade Level Expectations and the Measurements of Student Progress and High School Proficiency Exams.
There are two Mountain School programs available as either a three or five day option:
A three-day experience is our standard program. Five-day programs can be developed based on your school’s interests and needs. Longer programs allow additional time for exploration and study such as digging deeper into explorations and studies, taking longer hikes and including more team building and reflective activities. Canoeing on Diablo Lake (weather permitting) is also an option for schools.
Pre- and Post-Trips:
An important piece of the Mountain School experience are the connections students make between their lessons learned in the North Cascades and their communities back home. These connections are fostered through pre- and post-trip classroom visits from Mountain School instructors. Some school groups may be able to participate in our post-trip Mountain School Stewards program where the class will join in conservation projects near their schools. Projects include eradicating invasive species, planting native plants, trail restoration and other activities to help conserve and restore neighborhood natural areas.