Outdoor Pursuits It’s likely your teenager may have tasted just enough nature or outdoor activity to intuitively understand what they are missing. We’d like to help take them the next step forward. You as a parent have a choice and your teen has a chance - we invite your son or daughter to join us on a remarkable journey.
Outdoor Education Students seeking active learning in the outdoors come to Cascadia for training and instruction. Whether it is backpacking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, canoeing, camping or travel, students receive tremendous amounts of instruction – both personalized and in a group setting. Students learn concepts along with technical skills and they become competent in decision-making, judgment, and risk management. Our Cascadia courses feature sequential skill training that leads to proficiency in a variety of outdoor pursuits.
Leadership Development At Cascadia our programs have set opportunities for leadership development as a top priority. Using an experiential method of learning students put their egos in their pockets and begin viewing others as partners in order to develop trust, communicate effectively, collaborate, make decisions, and build shared visions. There is no better setting than the outdoors for students to come together, experience personal growth and have fun along the way.
Environment-based Service Learning Every Cascadia extended course (7 days or more) provides students an opportunity to participate in a thoughtfully organized service project. The project integrates meaningful environmental service with instruction and reflection to enrich their learning experience. Service learning acts as a springboard for becoming engaged in civic life serving the earth, communities, or other people.
Natural Awareness Every one of our programs include experiences designed to heighten awareness, stimulate the senses and initiate that spark of wonder, and give students a new appreciation for natural beauty. Special guest appearances, readings, personal journaling, discovery packs, moments for solitude, positive role modeling and contagious enthusiasm are all ingredients, and when mixed together, deliver surprising outcomes. Once students rediscover their relationship with the earth they tend to make serious life-long commitments toward preserving and protecting it.
Friendships, Fun and Adventure John Muir loved life and spent it exploring and roaming through America’s wild lands and engaging with the marvels of nature. The French saying “joie de vivre” might be a way to describe the spirit of John Muir. Roughly translated it means living life with a sense of excitement and energy.
We at Cascadia Adventure Education School make a special effort to nurture a culture of vitality, community, and zest by injecting lots of fun into the day, bonding and befriending each other, and throwing ourselves into the action. Needless to say our course instructors are experts in setting the stage for this type of culture we speak of... "Joie de vivre".