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Science gets wild at Cascade Mountain School

Climbing volcanic

trails. Making fresh mozzarella

cheese. Bicycling

through alfalfa fields.

Hunting for salmon.

Cascade Mountain

School isn’t your typical

summer camp. It takes a

roll-up-your-sleeves and

get-your-hands-dirty approach

to outdoor education.

Attracting budding

scientists, aspiring farmers

and everything in-between,

it’s one of the most

adventurous ways to earn

academic credits within

an hour of Portland.

“The only way to learn

about and appreciate the

local landscape, the food,

the fresh water, and other

natural resources, is to get

out and meet the geologists,

biologists, farmers

and cheese makers in our

community,” says Emily

Goodwin, the creator of

Cascade Mountain School,

a nonprofit organization

based in Trout Lake and

Hood River

Cascade Mountain

School provides hands-on,

science-based outdoor education

to middle and highschool

students. Now in its

third year, the program offers

one- and two-week

courses focused on field

ecology, watershed science

and sustainable agriculture.

In one program, participants

hike and glissade

on the flanks of Mount

Adams while learning

about the mountain’s retreating

glaciers. In another

program, students bike

from farm to farm in

Washington’s Trout Lake

Valley, and discover how

their food gets from farm

to table.

Registration is currently

open for the 2014 year of

Cascade Mountain School.

Five programs for middle

and high school students

run from June to August.

Need-based scholarships

are available on a case-by-case

basis.

Two upcoming community

outings are open to

former and prospective

students, parents, teachers

and mentors. Spend a day

on a Trout Lake farm May

10 or go rafting down the

Klickitat River May 17.

Each trip is $5 per person

and lunch is included.

These outings are made

possible by funding from

the Alpinees Outdoor Education

Fund of the Gorge

Community Foundation.

To learn more or register,

visit cascademountain school.org or call 503-358-

1949.

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