Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education

Bring the classroom outdoors!

Students love Outdoor Education because it's hands-on, engaging, and fun. Fall classes develop positive bonds students and teachers can use all year. Spring classes give students an experience to look forward to all year long. The Warm Beach Camp Outdoor Education Program is affordable and custom designed to meet your education goals, including Gen Science Standards.

Diverse Ecology

Warm Beach Camp is located on one of the finest eco-systems in the Northwest for the study of marine estuaries, upland forests, and human impact on natural systems. The beauty of the 278 acre property overlooking Port Susan Bay provides a wholesome environment.

  • Saltwater Estuary
  • Freshwater Streams
  • Upland Forests
  • Agriculture fields
  • Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment

Curriculum

Teachers choose the curriculum topics and our outdoor educators teach the curriculum with your group’s teachers and chaperones participation.

  • Estuary Habitat Survey- Canoe the Estuary
  • Human Impact Studies
  • Wetland Ecosystems
  • Orienteering
  • Upland Forest Floors and Soils
  • Bird of Prey- Raptors or Owls
  • Habitat Restoration Project
  • The Game of Life (food chains & energy transfer)
  • Pioneer Skills Challenge
  • PDF of classes and descriptions

Recreation

Abundant recreation options are available and provide a fun way to enhance your group’s learning experience.

  • Canoeing
  • Heated Swimming Pools
  • Team Building or Cooperative Challenge
  • 40-foot Climbing Tower
  • High Ropes Challenge Course (12+ years old)
  • Recreation Fields
  • And more!

Designing Your Group’s Experience

Our staff can create a full package program for you, or work with you to customize your group’s experience.

Teachers choose the curriculum topics, recreation options, and work with our staff to put together a schedule to meet your goals.

Choose a length of stay.

Outline your goals for students.

Select curriculum topics and recreation.

Choose evening program activities. This can be run on your own, or with our staff taking the lead.

Overnight and Day Programs available. Overnight Benefits include:

Forming a positive learning community

Building social skills

Experiencing independent living

Includes lodging, meals, and access to recreational facilities and ecology

Contact us for full programs or do-it-yourself options.

-What Schools are Saying-

“We have been to Warm Beach several times and each time we are quite satisfied with our experience. This year the Outdoor Education program was excellent. Mary Pat did a great job planning the schedule and each of the instructors was personable as well as knowledgeable.” -St. Mark Parish School, Shoreline, WA

"I will definitely continue to include the Warm Beach Outdoor Education Program in our rotation of experiences for my multi-grade class." -Index Elementary, Index, WA

"We loved all the instructors.  Each different yet so engaging.  They know how to relate to our students.”

-Sunny Hills Elementary

“Everything at Warm Beach is beautiful and scenic! We had a blast walking and running on the trails. It was fun! Camp is one of the best part of our year as 5th grade teachers. The kids are still singing songs and teaching the younger students games. Warm Beach is the best!” ”

–Taneka, Cougar Ridge Elementary

Outdoor Education Leadership

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Mary Pat Sullivan

Outdoor Education Director

Mary Pat Sullivan has over 20 years of experience in Outdoor Environmental Education. She graduated from Huxley College in Environmental Science and Seattle University in Biology and Education. Mary Pat has taught outdoors in the Olympic Mountains, the foothills of the Cascades, and other marine habitats before coming to Warm Beach Camp in 2017. She has taught within a school district and for organizations that provide outdoor education to schools. Mary Pat finds joy and fresh insights from students while teaching.