Morning: Gather in the dining hall for breakfast, pack backpacks, and prepare for the day.
Instructional Day on Trail: Spend the day in small learning groups led by a professional NatureBridge educator. Students engage in collaborative, authentic scientific learning experiences in a safe and supportive environment. These experiences are designed to support NGSS and student’s social and emotional development.
- Investigate old growth forests to evaluate the diversity of its living organisms.
- Bring earth science and geology to life through rock identification and interpretation of geologic maps.
- Paddle a traditional Salish-style canoe on Lake Crescent.
- Explore the Elwha River watershed to learn about environmental restoration and recovery.
- Hike to Mt. Storm King’s Lake Crescent lookout and observe impacts of altitude on a forest ecosystem.
- Study the waters of Lake Crescent and Barnes Creek to determine the health of the watershed.
Afternoon/Early Evening: Return to campus to reflect, relax, and unwind while school chaperones supervise. Family-style dinner in the historic Rosemary Inn gives everyone a chance to share their trail stories.
Evening: NatureBridge educators facilitate evening programs selected by group coordinators that could include a short night hike, Native American storytelling, or a town-hall style meeting on a current environmental issue. Students then return to the cabins and get ready for bed.