Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education

outdoor educationWe believe that God is revealed through his creations. “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you. – Job 12:7 Sunset Lake camp is blessed to have nearly 400 acres of wilderness to explore. This environment allows us to not only to teach about nature but to explore it. We believe that experience and observation of nature is imperative to a well-rounded education.

Field Trips
Field trips are a great one-day option to spend time outdoors learning about God’s creation. Bring a sack lunch and come prepared to spend a morning and afternoon exploring and learning.

Outdoor School
A three-day event (two half-days, one full-day) that is completely customizable. Choose from a selection of classes that best reflect what you are teaching in your class room. Spend two nights in our modern cabins and eat fantastic meals provided by our chef or use our kitchen to prepare your own food. Students will explore, learn, and grow while spending time in the beautiful setting of Sunset Lake Camp.

Click Here to view a sample schedule of our Outdoor Education School.

K – 4TH GRADE (Field Trips)

Wilderness Survivaloutdoor education
A survey of basic wilderness skills including: what to do when you are lost, fire building, water purification, and plant identification. This class will challenge students to think outside the box, develop observation skills and gain confidence in being in the woods. Roasting marshmallows will be a sweet reward after fire building.

Ephemeral Art
Ephemeral art is intended to be short-lived, or weather away. Sand castles and chalk drawings are common forms of this art. This class will experiment with various forms of working with nature to create ephemeral art and explore our role in God’s artwork (creation).

Forest Ecology
Sitting on the edge of the temperate rainforests of Mt. Rainier, students will study and explore the variety of plants and animals living in the Pacific Northwest. The walks will be easy and the scenery beautiful.

5TH – 8TH GRADE (Field Trips and Three-day Events)

shelter buildingWilderness Survival
A survey of basic wilderness skills including: what to do when you are lost, fire building, water purification, plant identification, and shelter building. This class will challenge students to think outside the box, develop observation skills and gain confidence in being in the woods.

Pond Life
Sunset Lake has two lakes and multiple ponds, rivers and swamps. Many creatures big and small can be found at these watering holes. We will explore everything from a one celled organism to the elk that visit these streams.

Orienteering 101
This class will give an introduction to using a compass, land navigation, map reading, and basic orienteering. Students will be challenged to use math and compasses to design their own small orienteering course that other students will navigate. Active participation of adult chaperones is required for this class.

Nature Sculpturing
Ephemeral art is intended to be short-lived, or weather away. Sand castles and chalk drawings are common forms of this art. This class will experiment with various forms of working with nature to create ephemeral art and explore our role in God’s artwork (creation). It also will include a survey of Andy Goldsworthy’s famous land art projects.

Forest Ecology
Sitting on the edge of the temperate rainforests of Mt. Rainier, students will study and explore the variety of plants and animals living in the Pacific Northwest. The hikes will be moderate and the scenery beautiful.

Geologystudents exploring
This is a survey of the geology of North American and in particular the Northwest. Students will get to find and identify rocks and land formations on camp. This class will show how fossils, layers of earth and rock formation indicate a young earth.

Pacific Northwest Native History
This class explores Native history and culture of Indians that lived in the Northwest. This class will include hikes to visit our Indian village and totem pole (pending completion). We will be focusing on how and where Indians lived and what they believed in.

Astronomy
Students will learn about constellations, planets and galaxies through the study of astronomy. Weather permitting we will take a night hike to point out constellations and look through a telescope.

Coal Mining and Geology
Wilkeson, Wa was once a hot bed of coal mining and lumber activity. We will look at the history of these two industries and explore the geology of coal. This class will include hikes to see several coal artifacts on camp.

5TH – 12TH GRADE (Field Trip)
Team Building Class
This is an experience that can help create a stronger sense of community, purpose, and problem solving. We strive to challenge a classroom and individuals to step out of their comfort zone in a safe and supportive environment to achieve the impossible. Students will be guided in debriefing their experiences and applying it to their life. This is a three hour class for a field trip, and the fee structure is different from regular field trip options.

 

Resources:

Sample 3-day schedule (link)

Health Forms (link)

Parent and student packets (link)

Chaperone packet (link)