Primitive Skills


June 22-25, 2019

9am to 3 pm (Mon-Thur)

All children are born scientists, learning the ways of the earth through observation and experimentation in the simple and practical skills of everyday life, always living in close relationship with nature.

Join Kelly O'Dowd, environmental educator, explorer and observer of nature, for a playful introduction to the basic wilderness skills.Through play, stories, demonstrations, and hands on activities, students will  be introduced to our essential human needs: shelter, fire, water, food, community belonging and expression, as they deepen their sense of connection to nature and each other.

Care taking, or stewardship, is the guiding principle of our time together as we explore outdoors and develop a shared understanding of our reliance upon the earth to meet our most basic needs. Students should expect hiking, water play, survival skills development, games and team building challenges in this fun week!

Dates: Monday, June 22- Thursday, June 25, 2019

Time: 9 am - 3 pm

Ages: 6-8

Activities: Shelter building, water and food collection, fire tending, group challenges, natural materials identification, music and crafts.

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.


Kelly O'Dowd

Environmental Educator


Kelly grew up as the middle daughter of a big family in New Jersey. She graduated college with a degree in International Relations and Anthropology. Her interest in the global network of people and places led her to an environmental study abroad experience and her own independent travel adventures. These experiences began to shape a passionate steward of the environment, driven by the curiosity to understand our world. Kelly has worked with children in traditional and experiential capacities over the years and enjoys the chance to share her love of nature through outdoor education in all CMS programs. Kelly moved to Washington two years ago to join the CMS team, where she shares her excitement for exploring new environments and personal growth with students of any age.


Cascade Mountain School, a program of Mt. Adams Institute

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