Mountain School, North Cascades Institute

18519814_10212466530283419_4024166802402600875_nI taught two seasons of Mountain School, North Cascades Institute’s flagship K-12 outdoor education program, while completing a residency at NCI’s Environmental Learning Center in North Cascades National Park. As a Mountain School instructor I used experiential, inquiry-based learning techniques to teach elementary, middle school, and high school students about concepts in ecology, biology, geology, and Northwest history.

Dates: September 2016 – May 2017

Location: North Cascades National Park, WA

Activities: I led outdoor trail groups of students in grades 5-7th at North Cascades National Park. Students attended three days of class at the Park (one full day and two half-days), exploring the local environment and learning about forest ecosystems. Lesson themes included the water cycle, rock cycle, food chains and food webs, plant and animal adaptations, and developing observation and inquiry skills.

Schools involved: 

September 12-14th, Carl Cozier Elementary

September 14-16th, Jefferson Elementary

September 19th-21st, Skagit Adventist

September 21st-23rd, Methow Valley Elementary

October 3rd-5th, Happy Valley Elementary

October 17-19th, Lowell Elementary

October 19th-21st, Islandview Elementary

October 31st-November 2nd, Evergreen Elementary

March 20th-21st, Cascade High School

April 17th-18th, Silver Beach Elementary

April 26th-28th, Centennial Elementary

May 17th-19th, Roosevelt Elementary

May 31st-June 2nd, Washington Elementary