Nature makes the best classroom!

Cascade Mountain Schools' Outdoor School programs offer K-12 students the one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn hands-on environmental science, engage in meaningful stewardship projects, and to reflect on their own connection to the natural world.

We offer 3-5 day one-of-a-kind residential outdoor school programs for grades k-12 for up to 60 students. Longer and shorter programs are often available, upon request.

Our programs use the natural classrooms of the glaciated Cascade Peaks, the rushing White Salmon River, the old-growth Gifford Pinchot National Forest, and the community expertise of the Trout Lake Agricultural Valley.

All of our programs create opportunities for our fundamental education goals:


  • Cultivating individual responsibility; personal health and wellbeing

  • Excelling in scientific inquiry, systems thinking, and ecological literacy

  • Fostering creation of community and engaged community members

  • Understanding of the interconnectedness of the natural world to promote lifelong environmental stewardship and action

  • Connecting individuals with the natural world who are historically underrepresented in outdoor recreation and education

Program Overview

Areas of Study

Lodging & Meals

Sample Day

NGSS Standards

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Cascade Mountain School, a program of Mt. Adams Institute

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