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Trout Lake adventures by bicycle

This summer, Cascade Mountain School will host the second annual Farm to Table Bike Camp.

From July 7 to 13, middle and high school students will explore Trout Lake, a quiet agricultural valley, by bicycle. “Base camp” will be Trout Lake Abbey, a working organic farm. Each day, campers will adventure by bike to a different farm, getting their hands dirty farming while learning about food production and organic agriculture.

Afternoons will be dedicated to recreation, relaxation, and caretaking of animals at the Abbey. In the evenings, meals will be created from the day’s harvest.

Participants will have a chance to learn about a diverse spectrum of agriculture — organic dairy, artisan cheese making, beekeeping, vegetable and herb growing, as well as pastured livestock for wool and meat production.

Cascade Mountain School, a project of Mt. Adams Institute, is a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) focused educational program for middle and high school students grounded in ecological and community values.

Cascade Mountain School offers students the opportunity to apply scientific and mathematical concepts to real-world issues in an academically rigorous learning environment that is kinesthetic, healthy, and holistic. Cascade Mountain School students develop skills for a changing world in which they must be able to act nimbly, think creatively, and synthesize information.

Cascade Mountain School is also offering two other residential programs for middle and high school students this summer.

• Hood River Valley Science Camp July 21-36: Students will explore the Hood River Valley learning about salmon, climate change, and watersheds while backpacking, camping, and kayaking along the Hood River.

• Field Ecology Academy August 4-17: Students will conduct ecological research while exploring alpine meadows, lakes, and glaciers of Mt. Adams, and collaborating with local scientists on relevant ecological studies. Students will walk away with a full semester’s worth of high school science credit.

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