Climbing volcanic trails. Making fresh mozzarella cheese. Bicycling through alfalfa fields. Hunting for salmon.
Cascade Mountain School isn’t your typical summer camp. It takes a roll-up-your-sleeves and get-your-hands-dirty approach to outdoor education.
“The only way to learn about and appreciate the local landscape, the food, the fresh water, and other natural resources, is to get out and meet the geologists, biologists, farmers and cheese makers in our community,” said Emily Goodwin, the creator of Cascade Mountain School, which is based in Trout Lake, Wash., and Hood River. Cascade Mountain School’s field ecology and watershed science programs are guided by a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum. The for-credit courses meet national and Oregon and Washington high school science standards. This year’s course offerings are:
Mountain Camp for Middle School Students: June 28-July 3, based in the White Salmon River Valley; 8 hours of service credit are available.
Sustainable Agriculture Course: July 5-18, for-credit course for students age 15-18, is based in Trout Lake. High school science credit, college credit and 20 hours of service credit are available.
Mt. Hood Watershed Science Camp: July 20-31, for students age 14-18, explores the Hood River watershed. College credit and 20 hours of service credit are available.
Farm to Table Bike Camp for Middle School Students: July 26-31, for students ages 12-14, based in Trout Lake; 8 hours of service credit are available.
Mt. Adams Field Ecology Course: Aug. 2-15. This for-credit course for students age 15-18 is based on Mt. Adams and in Trout Lake. 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.
Want to know what it’s like to spend a day at Cascade Mountain School? Join our upcoming community outing. Spend a day rafting down the Klickitat River on May 9, learning about salmon restoration efforts with a watershed specialist. The cost is $12 per person. To learn more or register, visit cascademountainschool.org or call 503-358-1949.