Hike Like a Girl

Lake Washington Girls Middle School’s outdoor program is one of the unique ways we offer our students opportunities beyond the classroom. Every summer, our teachers lead a variety of outdoor adventures, and any L-Dub student can sign up. We offer a rigorous financial aid package for these trips as we believe that every student should have the chance to experience the challenges and the excitement of living in a small group in the outdoors.

The scope of our outdoor education is expanding as we look for more opportunities to support the whole student. Our trips range from novice to advanced, and all expeditions expose our students to new environments and new outdoor and leadership skills. The outdoor program at LWGMS uses the principles of Leave No Trace in teaching students the skills for enjoying the backcountry and the outdoors. We cover all areas of outdoor education including basic first aid, water safety, cooking, map reading, and navigation in order for our girls to develop skills in environmental stewardship, self-confidence, self-sufficiency, community building, and leadership.

For beginners, we offer a trip to the Olympic National Park where students hike along the beautiful Washington coast and enjoy backcountry campsites with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. For intermediate adventures, students can sign up for a trip to Eastern Washington and spend a week enjoying the backcountry of Lake Chelan Recreational Area and into Stehekin, the heart of the North Cascades National Park. For the more advanced outdoor trips, we have offered backpacking in the Enchantments and in Glacier Wilderness as well as kayak expeditions in the San Juan Islands.