Outdoor Program

Seeing Our Natural Connections

The Outdoor Program provides a range of opportunities for students to understand, interact with, and care for themselves, each other, and the natural world. Together, we go on one-day and weekend adventures to build snow caves, backpack on the Olympic Coast, bike around Lopez Island—and that’s just the beginning. Through time spent in the outdoors, students develop empathy, respect, humility, self-awareness, a sense of humor, as well as communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. Further, our trips are designed to develop life-long recreational skills and habits that are safe and ecologically sound, with an emphasis on environmental ethics and a sense of wonder for the places around us. All trips are open to Middle and Upper School students and most do not require previous experience.

Our greatest hope is that these outdoor trips plant seeds for the future. We want our students to develop a lifelong passion and love for nature.

Jeremy DeWitt

Science teacher and Outdoor Program Trip sponsor

Upcoming Trips

Cascade Day Hike: October 23

Join us for a day hike and lunch beside an alpine lake! This is a unique opportunity to witness the transition from fall to winter within Pacific Northwest forest ecosystems. We will hike about 5.5 miles round-trip to and from Talapus and Ollalie Lakes. This is a gentle trail with gradual elevation change. All levels are welcome and encouraged! 

Student Requirements:

Attend both required pre-trip meetings:  

1. Friday, 10/15 from 3:00 – 3:30 pm in Taussig 
2. Friday, 10/22 from 3:00 – 3:30 pm in Taussig 
3. Complete the Gear Request Form during the first meeting (even if you don't need to borrow any gear)
4. Students must communicate with trip leader before the meetings if they cannot make them – failure to do so may result in their removal from the trip roster. Please direct questions to the trip leader (contact info listed on the form below). 



Urban Bike Ride: Nov. 6

Explore Seattle by bike! Experience the bike paths, back streets, and waterfronts of our beautiful city! On this bike ride, you will have the opportunity to ride your bike in an urban environment in places you might not ride on your own. Throughout the ride, you will see the city through a new lens, highlighting public space, enjoying a sense of place, and experiencing art!  

Students will meet leaders at Jefferson Park. From there, we will take the Chief Sealth trail south to Kubota Gardens. After exploring Kubota Gardens, we will bike to a lunch spot (tbd) to pick-up some take-out and bike to Seward Park to enjoy our food. From Seward Park, we will bike along the beautiful shores of Lake Washington to Genesee Park where students will be picked up by parents/guardians. 

To attend this trip, students MUST complete the following: 

  1. Attend 2 meetings 
    1. Orientation on Friday, October 29, 3:00-3:30 pm in Taussig
      Student Sign-ups for the trip will happen at this meeting
    2. Follow Up Friday, November 5, 3:00-3:30 pm in Taussig
  2. Complete the Gear Request form (available at the first meeting).

    A few notes regarding this experience and COVID-19:

    1. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 case numbers and risk factors in King County as the trip date nears. While we hope for the best, we also prioritize the health and safety of our students and faculty. With that in mind, we want to remind you that this trip may be cancelled if the risk of COVID-19 transmission becomes too high.

    2. With the help of Sierra Maxwell, our Health Coordinator, we have drafted a set of Outdoor Program COVID-19 Guidelines. Part of the pre-trip meetings with students and faculty will be to review and set expectations for following these guidelines.


    Please email Nathan Franck, Outdoor Program Coordinator, with any questions.

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