Cascade Mountain School
Cascade Mountain School is a community-based, outdoor science school for middle and high school students grounded in ecological and community values. Now in its fourth year, the school offers seven- to 14-day courses where the outdoors serve as the classroom for students as they learn about climate change, watershed science, sustainable agriculture and more. Cascade Science School is a project of the Mt. Adams Institute, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the connection between people and the natural world. Learn more: cascademountainschool.org In one program, participants hike and glissade on the flanks of Mount Adams while learning about, among other things, the mountain’s retreating glaciers. In another program, students bike from farm to farm in Washington’s Trout Lake Valley, and discover how their food gets from farm to table. This year's camps include: Mountain Camp for Middle School Students: June 28-July 3. Adventurous middle school students will love this new camp. We’re hosting a 6-day, 5-night adventure camp that includes whitewater rafting, spelunking in lava tubes, hiking to mountaintop vistas, biking through the valley, and learning watershed science. We’ll be based in the White Salmon River Valley in Trout Lake, Washington. 8 hours of service credit are available. Sustainable Agriculture Course: July 5-18. This for-credit course for students age 15-18 is based in Trout Lake, Wash., at the base of Mt. Adams. Students dig into what agricultural sustainability means at the individual, local and global scales while farming, cooking and bicycling around this beautiful valley. High school science credit, college credit and 20 hours of service credit are available. Mt. Hood Watershed Science Camp: July 20-31. This adventurous, science-based camp for students age 14-18 explores the Hood River watershed. This camp is in partnership with Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon. Students start on the flanks of Mt. Hood and backpack, bicycle, and raft down the Hood River while learning how this rich ecosystem functions. College credit and 20 hours of service credit are available. Farm to Table Bike Camp for Middle School Students: July 26-31. This fun-filled camp for students age 12-14 is based in Trout Lake, Wash., at the base of Mt. Adams. Students farm, cook and bicycle through a beautiful organic valley while having conversations about food and food choices. 8 hours of service credit are available. Mt. Adams Field Ecology Course: August 2-15. This for-credit course for students age 15-18 is based on Mt. Adams and in Trout Lake, Wash. Students get a hands-on field science experience working alongside professional scientists and learn about climate change, glaciers and mountain ecology. High school science credit, college credit and 20 hours of service credit are available.