Cascade Mountain School can host groups large and small. We have a primary residential forest campus as well as a farm campus and a contemplative campus available for our use. We also utilize our "wild campus"; the rivers, mountains, caves, forests, and farms of the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon and Washington. During the summer we can camp in the Gifford Pinchot National Forests, on the Yakama Nation, or in the Mt. Adams Wildernesses.
Forest Campus (accommodates 60 in bunk houses): Our Forest Campus is a five-acre rustic camp facility in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Trout Lake, WA, operating April through October. The beautiful Forest Campus includes three bunkhouses, a study hall, a mess hall, open fields, woods, and access to a nature trail. The facility has beds to sleep 44 people, but additional participants can be accommodated on the floor, or, if the weather permits, camping outside. The facility is exclusively used by Cascade Mountain School, but Forest Service rangers, biologists, and fire crews go to work nearby. The bunkhouses can house 12-16 people and include include bathrooms, showers. Each room, which is shared by two people, has two beds and a small amount of storage space. The rooms are clean, basic, and comfortable. Photo Gallery. Facility Information & Rate Sheet.
Wild Campus During our programs we immerse ourselves in nature, making use of the Trout Lake Valley, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and the Mount Adams Wilderness to learn, explore and enjoy the natural beauty of the Cascade Mountains.
Farm Campus: Broadfork Farm is a twenty-acre working organic farm and homestead in the Trout Lake Valley. Broadfork Farm employs the principles of ecological agriculture to raise sheep, pigs, hens, meat birds, ducks, bees, fruits, and vegetables for friends and family. The farm offers a field for camping, an outdoor kitchen, outdoor showers and a small covered classroom space. Part of the historic dairy barn from 1880 has been converted in a beautiful indoor classroom, gathering, and dining space. The farm is the perfect location for students to learn by doing and dive into the natural rhythms of farm life. In addition to a lively curriculum surrounding ecological agriculture, students also assist with morning and evening farm chores. Photo Gallery.
Contemplative Campus: The Trout Lake Abbey is a 23-acre organic farm and spiritual retreat center located a few miles bike ride from our Farm Campus. The Abbey can host 16 participants in simple yet elegant indoor facilities, either in personal contemplative huts or in shared single-sex bunkhouses. The facility can also accommodate up to 60 campers. The Trout Lake Abbey supports a working organic farm, an animal welfare certified egg production facility, alpacas, an orchard, a pond, a bed-and- breakfast, and a hostel. The amenities at the Abbey include: an indoor classroom space, a commercial kitchen and eating area, laundry, and indoor bathhouse. The classroom space boasts a stunning view of Mt. Adams. A Buddhist temple and labyrinth are available for use for