Classes by Category

Outdoor Education

Classes for Ages 6-14

Our summer Outdoor Education program takes advantage of our spectacular Northwest location, providing myriad opportunities for students to learn and grow in a variety of natural environments. Classes offer practice in teamwork, cooperation, physical fitness, decision making, and leadership as well as fostering an appreciation for the natural world.
 
For our older students, this program offers more challenging wilderness experiences. Students will learn basic outdoor survival skills—with a focus on safety, always our primary concern—and push themselves to master new skills and try new activities, gaining insights into group dynamics and their own capabilities.
Introductory Rock Climbing
Ages 10-14
June 17-21
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
$425
Instructor: Mattie Carruth
This class offers a thorough introduction to the sport of rock climbing. Students will learn the proper techniques, form and safety skills necessary for top-rope climbing and bouldering, including how to tie knots and use equipment properly. We will spend much of our time at a local climbing gym; equipment is provided. Students should bring a lunch and water bottle each day, wear comfortable clothing, and be ready to have fun!
 
Leavenworth Adventures
Ages 12-14
June 24-28
Monday 9:00 a.m. through Friday 4:00 p.m.
$975
Facilitated by Mattie Carruth
This trip is geared to the adventurous outdoor enthusiast! We will spend the week exploring the outdoors surrounding beautiful Leavenworth. We’ll be camping at Eightmile Campground next to the Icicle River. Each day we will experience something new, including day hikes, rock climbing, white water rafting, sightseeing in town, and relaxed river tubing.
 
Backpacking on the Olympic Peninsula
Ages 11-14
July 8-12
Monday 9:00 a.m. through Friday 4:00 p.m.
$850
Facilitated by Mattie Carruth
This journey starts with one day of car camping followed by three nights and four days of backpacking and exploring the incredible, wild beauty of the Olympics. Participants will learn essential backpacking skills, play in the greatest playground, and share stories around the evening campfires. This camp calls to all who seek adventure! No backpacking experience is needed. However, students must be able to carry their own 15-20 pound backpack for at least five miles and must provide basic backpacking gear. Please contact Lindsey Porter (lporter@evergreenschool.org) for a complete list of needed equipment.
 
Backpacking in the Cascade Wilderness
Ages 11-14
July 15-19
Monday 9:00 a.m. through Friday 4:00 p.m.
$850
Facilitated by Mattie Carruth
This extraordinary backpacking and camping journey begins with one night of car camping, learning all the essential backpacking skills, and then four days and three nights in the backcountry. Participants will explore the magic of nature through play while challenging their comfort zones and gaining confidence in the natural world and exploring a pristine area of the Cascade Mountains. This camp focuses on developing independent skills such as starting fires, constructing tents, cooking food, and packing bags. No backpacking experience is needed. However, students must be able to carry their own 15-20 pound backpack for at least five miles and must provide basic backpacking gear. Please contact Lindsey Porter (lporter@evergreenschool.org) for a complete list of needed equipment.

Day Hiking Basics
Ages 6-9
July 22-26
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
$385
Instructors: Melaney Mayne & Erik Eriksen
There’s no better way to spend summer days than hiking in and around our beautiful Seattle! These day hikes are light and simple, great for the young and beginner hiking enthusiast. This camp is designed to teach the value of hiking while enjoying the outdoors. Each morning we'll head out for a hike with plenty of rest stops, nature education, and fun along the way. Children must bring a light backpack to sufficiently carry their lunch and water bottle. They must also have tie-up sturdy sneakers or hiking boots. We'll be visiting parks with beach access, so plan to get a little wet and dirty each day!
 
Intro to Outdoor Living and Backpacking: Mt. Rainier
Ages 10-12
July 22-26
Monday 9:00 a.m. through Friday 4:00 p.m.
$850
Facilitated by Mattie Carruth
This is for the student who is ready to learn backpacking skills. We’ll have fun exploring Mount Rainier National Park. The first three days will be day hiking on trails throughout the park and we’ll spend the first three nights in a campground where kids will learn the basics of outdoor living such as cooking, water purification, navigation, and more. The students will have a chance to practice their new skills on an overnight backpacking trip for the final night from Thursday to Friday. Hiking and camping locations will be determined based on weather, trail conditions, and snow levels. Each participant must have basic backpacking gear, please contact Lindsey Porter, lporter@evergreenschool.org, for a complete list of needed equipment.
 
Hiking & Berry Picking
Ages 9-12
July 29-August 2
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
$385
Instructor: Lina Rose
Students will hike each day in search of outdoor beauty and nature's best snack: berries! Students will learn to identify common berries such as raspberries, strawberries, salmonberries, blackberries, loganberries and other berries that are in season depending on the weather. Hikes will vary between four and seven miles long. Students should wear sturdy sneakers or hiking boots and bring a water bottle and lunch.
 
Intermediate Rock Climbing
Ages 10-14
July 29-August 2
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m
$425
Instructor: Mattie Carruth
This course is for climbers who want to further their skills. The first three days will be spent focusing on climbing techniques at a local climbing gym. On Thursday, we will head out for a two-day climbing adventure exploring the outdoor crags of Mt. Erie. We will camp at a campground nearby so we can maximize our time on the rock. Students enrolled in this camp should have prior climbing experience. Contact Mattie Carruth (mcarruth@evergreenschool.org) if you have questions.




 
Hiking: Intermediate Skills
Ages 9-11
August 5-9
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
$385
Instructors: Melaney Mayne & Erik Eriksen
This week is designed for the student who loves hiking and is ready each morning to hit the trails! We’re teaching students about the value of natural spaces while simply enjoying the outdoors. Our outdoor education teachers always encourage students along to leave no trace while hiking, and to enjoy the beauty along the way. Each morning we'll head out for a hike with plenty of rest stops and nature education. Students must bring a light backpack to sufficiently carry their lunch and water bottle. They should also have tie-up sturdy sneakers or hiking boots.
 
Nautical Adventures
Ages 10-14
August 5-9
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
$425
Instructor: Mattie Carruth
Each day we will visit a different water destination and play in a different water vessel. Whether students are new to a sport or seasoned sailors, our lifeguard-certified instructor will be there to support them while they’re gaining valuable nautical skills. Activities will be dependent on weather conditions, but may include floating down the Snoqualmie River in inner tubes, kayaking in Puget Sound, or stand-up paddleboarding and/or sailing in Lake Washington. Participants should be enthusiastic about spending the full week outdoors. Please note that this camp is priced slightly higher due to daily equipment rental fees. Students must bring a swimsuit, light towel, daypack, full water bottle, waterproof shoes, light layers that can get wet, and a lunch.
 
Fly Fishing
Ages 11-14
August 12-16
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
$385
Instructors: Kiki Contreras and Brian Wagner- Fly fishing is a sport that teaches patience, improves motor skills, and fosters an appreciation for nature. No one can walk away from losing a battle with a stubborn trout without a deep respect for the fish! Students will learn the basics of fly fishing—setting up their rod and reel, knot tying, basic casting techniques, reading the river, and selecting the right fly. Discussion will also include the history of fly fishing, how it’s different from other kinds of fishing, and entomology. We’re going to have a fantastic week fishing each day!


The Evergreen School
15201 Meridian Avenue North
Shoreline, WA 98133
206.364.2650
The Evergreen School is a private, Seattle-area school  serving the needs of gifted students in preschool through 8th grade.