Rock On! Geology of the Cascades

Ages: 8-12

July 16-19, 2018

9 am to 3 pm (Mon-Thur)

 Join Cascade Mountain School for our geology-focused day camp at our forest campus in Trout Lake, Washington.  Under the towering ponderosa trees and amidst the sun-dappled meadows of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cascade Mountain School day camps unfold. All of the camps will include outdoor adventure and exploration, wading in the nearby shallow Trout Lake, creative artistic projects, games, laughter, and fun.


In this four-day camp we will look deeper into the Cascade Mountain range from bedrock to mountaintop and every formation in between. Students will engage all of our senses to better understand the nearly endless variety of minerals that form these beautiful volcanoes. Through experiential exploration we will answer questions big and small: Why are there so many kinds of rocks? How are they formed? Which one is the hardest?


So don’t take the ground beneath your feet for GRANITE! Come join us in Trout Lake to discover what rocks you’re really standing on. It will be a fun filled week of nature exploration, fun, friendship, and adventure.


Dates: Monday, July 16- Thursday, July 19, 2018

Time: 9 am to 3 pm

Ages: 8-12

Activities: hiking, geology, caving, field games

Instructor: Erin Downs, Cascade Mountain School Instructor

Location: Forest Campus, Mt. Adams Institute, Trout Lake, WA.

Cost: $300 per student plus fee for optional transportation.

Optional Shuttle: There is optional transportation for students from Hood River, OR and Bingen, WA for an additional fee. The payment for the optional shuttle is $12.50/day or $50/week per student.


Erin Downs

CMS Instructor

Erin is a Portland native who recently graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies. Her time as a camp counselor with outdoor school programs inspired her to pursue her own education and share her knowledge. Erin loves to share her passion for nature and all of it's intricate interconnectedness by engaging kids in movement, questions and critical thinking. Her approach to education is as hands on as possible because she believes we can all learn best by doing and that there is no better place than the wilderness for hands-on learning! 


Cascade Mountain School, a program of Mt. Adams Institute

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