Overnight Outdoor School Programs

Outdoor Schools are powerful experiences for kids. These multi-day overnight experiences are important sources of science education and academic enrichment, they help students develop positive connections to nature, foster awareness and appreciation for the outdoors, promote environmental stewardship, expose kids to healthy outdoor activities, and support positive social and community development.


Mount Rainier Institute programs engage students in science process skills, critical thinking, and adventures at Mount Rainier National Park. All in a fun, safe and inclusive atmosphere. Mount Rainier Institute educators will work with teachers to better integrate the Mount Rainier Institute experience into their classroom curriculum. Programs are adaptable for grades 4th-12th grade. Yep...high schoolers benefit from outdoor school too!


Programs are 4 days and 3 nights (Monday-Thursday), or 3 days and 2 nights (Monday-Wednesday & Wednesday-Friday). 4-day programs are given scheduling priority. 5-day and 1-day programs will be considered based on availability.


Tuition: Costs vary somewhat with program design and length. A typical 4-day program costs $395 per student. Mount Rainier Institute serves all schools: public, private, and homeschool groups. Scholarships are provided based on need. Mount Rainier Institute, the National Park Service and our partners are committed to subsidizing cost to ensure students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to participate. Please call (253) 692-4161 for additional information about tuition rates and scholarship information.


We are now registering groups for Spring 24 and the 24-25 school year. For more information or date availability please contact:


John Hayes

Mount Rainier Institute Director

Email: jhayes90@uw.edu

Phone:  (253) 692-4161

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The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.  Mount Rainier Institute is honored and grateful to provide programs that take place in the ancestral homelands of the Nisqually, Puyallup, Muckleshoot, Yakima, and Cowlitz.


Mount Rainier Institute provides outstanding nature-based education experiences that are rooted in science and nurture the next generation of environmental stewards and leaders.