EPS Outdoor Education Program

Philosophy/Program Description

There is value in exploring the outdoors, connecting with nature, and being physically active. Our Outdoor Program provides a range of outdoor opportunities for our students.  The Outdoor Program includes Outdoor Adventures for both Middle and Upper School students during the regular school year with more intensive opportunities for extended trips offered each spring during EBC Week.  Our goal is to make these trips easy entry for young people with little or no experience and to help them become capable and confident with knowledge and skills to  enjoy in wilderness areas all over the world.

Below is a typical year-long calendar of outdoor events offered by the EPS Outdoors Education Program.  The exact events and programs vary from year to year.  Students are welcome to help initiate and organize outdoor events and outings.

Please watch the Weekly Student News and Friday Family email for notices about specific, upcoming outdoor opportunities.  These notices include details and links or instructions for registration.

If you have any questions, please contact Experiential Education Coordinator David Kelly-Hedrick.

Outdoor Program 2022-23 Calendar

EPS Outdoor Event Date
US Backpacking Fall Trip Saturday–Sunday October 1–2
MS Car Camping @ Mount Rainier
Cougar Rock Campground
Saturday, October 8–Sunday October 9
Fall Rock Climbing Trip?
Vantage, WA
Fall Colors Day Hike In the Mountains?
Other Fall Hikes with US Hiking Club and/or MS Outings
Saturday, October 22nd
Fall Mountain Bike Adventures
Fall Fishing Extravaganzas
Friday Night Ski Buses at Snoqualmie Pass
Depart EPS at 3:15 p.m.
Return to EPS at 9:30-9:45 p.m.
Thursday January 12
Friday January 27
Thursday February 16
Friday March 3
Crystal Mountain Ski Day
Leave EPS 6:30 a.m. Return to EPS @ 6:30 p.m.
March 18 (Saturday)
MS/ US Snowshoe Day Trip
To Snoqualmie or Stevens Pass
8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
February 4th (Saturday)
EPS Climbing Club
Bouldering and/or Climbing Clubs
Or other months/seasons
MS/US Climbing Day Trip to Vantage, Washington
Jointly run with staff from YMCA GOLD and BOLD
US Spring Backpacking Overnight
MS Spring Car Camping Overnight