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Mt. Baker SnowSchool

Applied science for local students in the mountains

Mt. Baker SnowSchool is an outdoor winter learning adventure combining applied science education with snowshoe-powered exploration. Middle and high school students and their teachers engage in research and hands-on learning around the themes of weather, watersheds and climate. Students from Western Washington University are trained by Institute staff to serve as program instructors, and work alongside snow scientists from Northwest Avalanche Center to engage students in an exploration of the winter environment that encourages curiosity and wonder through applied science.

Students receive two sessions—a classroom session focusing on weather monitoring and predictions, public lands and watersheds, and a full day at the Mt. Baker Ski Area participating in real world data gathering through the lens of snowpack analysis, snow algae sampling protocols, snow/water equivalency and watershed health.

Mt. Baker SnowSchool encourages active, healthy lifestyles through winter recreation and fosters a sense of place and connection to community. The program serves students from all backgrounds and introduces them, often for the first time, to the natural wonders of the North Cascades in winter!

View the SnowSchool Curriculum »

The 2017 season of snowschool is finished. We'll be back next year!



North Cascades Institute admits students and participants of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military or marital status, age, sensory, physical or mental disability.


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For more information, please contact our School Outreach Coordinator, Codi Hamblin, at (360) 854-2598 or send her an .

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