The Beauty of Outdoor Learning

Whether right here on our own beautiful campus or the mountains, rivers, and deserts that surround us, we strive to nurture our students’ curiosity and help them feel at home in the outdoors. We introduce students to a range of activities and environments while challenging them to make meaningful connections to the classroom—and to their lives. We also teach about living in the desert and ways we can reduce our water consumption. Equally important, we help students gain an appreciation for the organisms that share our Southern Idaho home.


Helping Students Develop Character

As students take more responsibility for their own well-being, they become comfortable acting independently. New environments, new equipment, and new issues encourage them to become critical thinkers and work collaboratively as they solve problems or resolve conflicts together. Along the way, ice skating, snowshoeing, and nordic skiing help students develop good old-fashioned balance, stamina, and strength too. And with teachers and parents there every step of the way, students are able to grow in a safe, supportive environment.

Building Community

Our outdoor program fosters a unique sense of community between students, teachers, and parents who learn to trust, challenge, and support each other on trips. Whether laughing together after splashing through a rapid, working together to set up a tent, or telling stories around a campfire, every child and family is an integral part of the experience.


Elementary School Outdoor Education Activities

PreschoolRafting and outdoor education in the classroom
Pre-KindergartenRafting and rock climbing lessons
KindergartenRafting, Rock Climbing, and a Spring Outdoor Education Day Trip
Grade 1Rafting, ice skating lessons, and a Spring Outdoor Education Day Trip
Grade 2Rafting, nordic skiing lessons, and an overnight camping trip
Grade 3Rafting, nordic skiing lessons, and a three-day camp-based trip at Horsethief Reservoir
Grade 4Rafting, SnowSchool at Bogus Basin, and a five-day camp-based fall trip at McCall Outdoor Science School, Oregon Trail exploration day
Grade 5Rafting, overnight camping trip at Intermountain Bird Observatory, snowshoeing day trip, and a five-day camp-based winter trip at McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS)

Middle School Outdoor Education Activities

Grade 6Four-day camp-based trip to Yellowstone National Park, Southern Idaho camping and civil rights education trip, and ski/snowboard lessons
Grade 7Four-day biking trip on the Weiser River Trail, ski/snowboard lessons, Mountain Biking/Camping trip in the Owyhees
Grade 8Six-day river trip on the Main Salmon River, three-day winter yurt trip near Idaho City, and five-day backpacking trip along the Snake River in Hell’s Canyon National Recreation Area

High School Outdoor Education Activities

Grade 9Three-day backpacking trip in Central Idaho/Eastern Oregon wilderness areas and five-day backpacking trip in Grand Gulch National Wilderness Area (Utah)
Grade 10Three-day backpacking trip in Central Idaho/Eastern Oregon wilderness areas and five-day backpacking trip to the Rogue River Wilderness in Oregon
Grade 11Four-day Northwest College Tour, three-day winter camping, central Idaho backpacking trip, and four-day combined college counseling and outdoor education retreat at the YMCA Horsethief Camp
Grade 12Three-day backpacking trip to Eagle Cap Wilderness and Senior Trip to City of Rocks