One of the most unique attributes of an Explorer West Middle School education is the value of our Outdoor Education Program. It provides our students with some of the most important experiences of their young lives outside of the classroom and continues to grow in scope and size. It gives them an opportunity to connect in spectacular ways with their peers, their teachers, and their outdoor community.
Students participate in a progressively challenging curriculum that starts in 6th grade with an introduction to the outdoors while camping at Fort Worden State Park, extends to winter snowshoeing and cross country skiing, and culminates in 8th grade with a challenging 20+ mile backpack trip along the Olympic Coast. Our Head of School Barbara Frailey went to Ross Lake on her inaugural Explorer West outdoor ed trip. Here’s a short video about her experience.
The program focuses on integrating skills from previous years (ie. camp cooking, trail maintenance, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, etc.) and building on those skills in order to provide students for further opportunities at self-sufficiency, community building, leadership, and a greater appreciation of wild places.
One of the main goals of our program is to prepare our students for a lifetime of safe, fun, sustainable outdoor adventures in the beautiful, variable, and wild Pacific Northwest.