Olympic School Programs | Environmental Science

School & Group Environmental Science at Olympic

In North America’s best remaining example of temperate rainforest, students study along the Elwha River, increase their scientific literacy, and learn to understand their roles as environmental stewards.

Sample Day

One of the best ways to get a sense of how things go on our campus is to check out our daily schedule. Below is a rough sketch of what a typical day might look like for our environmental science participants.

6:30 - 7 a.m. Wake up

Students rise each morning and walk out of their cabins into one of the most stunning natural environments on the continent. They will use this time to shower, dress, and prepare for their day. 

7 - 8:40 a.m. Breakfast

The dining hall in historic Rosemary Inn seats 73 people. Breakfast is served in two or three shifts depending on how many students are on campus, at 7 a.m., 7:30 a.m., and  8 a.m., and typically lasts from 30 to 40 minutes. We work education on food and natural resources into our mealtimes, so come to breakfast prepared to start your learning!

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Instructional day

During this time you will be with your trail group of up to 15 students. Depending on your program, students may find themselves:

  • conducting research experiments of their own design
  • teaching their peers about an old-growth forest
  • participating in a stream biomonitoring project
  • studying soil invertebrates under a microscope
  • hiking up a mountain
  • analyzing the skins and skulls of Olympic mammals
  • paddling on Lake Crescent in a canoe
  • exploring tidepools
  • snowshoeing in the sub-alpine at Hurricane Ridge

Lunch is distributed to the hiking groups and is typically eaten out on the trail. Our educators provide the activities and curriculum while chaperones assist with group management and attend to the behavioral needs of individual students.

4 - 6 p.m. Recreation time and store hours

This is a time students can use to shower and change, work on journals, or play in the field. A school may also use this time for structured learning activities. Teachers and chaperones supervise during recreation time. If you are on the early dinner shift, you will have additional recreation time after dinner. The NatureBridge store will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

5 - 7 p.m. Dinner

Dinner, like breakfast, is served in shifts, beginning at 5 p.m. Dinner usually takes slightly less than an hour. Our food is nutritious, plentiful, and kid-friendly. Meals such as Teriyaki chicken, burrito bar, penne pasta with marinara sauce and the ever-popular pizza frequently appear on our menu. With advance notice, we can accommodate dietary restrictions.

7 - 8:30 p.m. Evening program 

Evening programs complement the material being presented during your day. These large group programs are engaging, educational, and inspiring. You may have a chance to hear Northwest Native American stories from a S’Klallam elder, hold a town meeting on a current environmental issue, or take a night hike. 

9 - 10 p.m. Off to bed

This is the time for students to use bathrooms, change clothes, and brush their teeth. Older students may use this time to study in the dining room or take some quiet time in the cabins. Teachers and chaperones supervise their students during this time. Lights out is typically 9:30 p.m.

“At NatureBridge, our students gain new appreciation for nature and outdoor experiences in a very real, authentic setting.  After practicing new habits of observation in field activities, they take away a new sense of sensitivity and responsibility about their world.” - Nikki, teacher, Miramonte High School, Orinda, California

Or inquire via phone:
Eva Foster


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