Education Programs

What We Do

Mt. Adams Institute’s education programs, formerly known as Cascade Mountain School, are placed-based outdoor science education opportunities for students. We are dedicated to inspiring curiosity about the natural world through outdoor exploration and adventure. Our camps promote individual responsibility and personal growth; fostering creation of community and understanding of the natural world; and excelling in inquiry, systems thinking, creativity, and sustainability studies.

Our Education Programs Are Many Things:

We offer a variety of day and overnight summer camps for ages 6-14. All of our camps incorporate outdoor exploration, fun, environmental stewardship and hands-on learning! Topics include, but are not limited to: food systems and ecological agriculture, watershed science, mindfulness and personal health, wilderness survival skills, natural arts and crafts, and tinkering.

Summer camps utilize the Mt. Adams Institute 5-acre forest campus located behind the Mt. Adams Ranger District Office in Trout Lake, Washington in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest as home-base. The beautiful rustic forest campus includes three bunkhouses with bathrooms and showers, an intern office, a mess hall, open fields, woods, and nature classroom spaces spread throughout. Lying at the unique intersection of a fertile farming valley community, the dramatic glaciated peaks of the Cascade Mountain Range and the Columbia River Gorge; our programs use this landscape to explore, contemplate, play and understand our connection to the natural world.

Summer Camps:

Learn more about Summer Camps.
View our amazing photo gallery from past camps
Interested in serving an AmeriCorps internship as a summer camp educator? Click here to apply.

Partners & Sponsors

We partner with a variety of businesses, schools, farms, scientists and natural resources professionals to deliver hands-on learning opportunities to students. If you are interested in learning more about partnership opportunities, click here to contact us.

Our Other Programs

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