Get outside with Cascade Mountain School!

At Mt. Adams Institute, the non-profit home and mothership of Cascade Mountain School, we believe in getting people, young and old, outside. There are a thousand different ways to experience nature and a million and one ways nature touches your heart.

We’ve got a busy and exciting September with three family workshops!

Family-Friendly Bike Ride and Farm Tour, Sept 16

Explore diverse organic agriculture in the picturesque Trout Lake Valley — pastured dairy, cheese making, medicinal herbs, and homesteading. Our bike ride is an an introduction to Trout Lake’s farming and farmers, local lore, ecological relationships, climate change, and the wonder of this place

Your guides are Kaye Jones and Adam Hyde, local famers and longtime students of ecological agriculture.

To participate, kids should to be able to ride a 10 mile loop independently. Alternatively, we recommend a bike trailer or tag-along style bike. Find out more and register here.

Mindful Backpacking Weekend, Sept 22-24

Need to take a break, marvel with nature, relax into your senses? We’re offering an adult (ages 15+) backpacking weekend coupled with meditation and mindfulness. Whether you are new to both backpacking and meditation or have lots of experience with both, you will have the opportunity to grow and learn in a supportive community on this weekend journey to explore both inner and outer wildernesses.

Instruction will be provided for both backpacking basics and sitting and walking meditations in the Buddhist tradition (no particular beliefs, worldviews or ideologies are needed; the practices offered will be appropriate for those of all backgrounds). In addition, we will have the opportunity to explore mindful listening, speaking and working practices. Find out more here.

Mushroom Lecture & Forage, Sept 30

Join mycologist Michael Beug, former Evergreen State College professor and author of award-winning book, “Ascomycete Fungi of North America: A Mushroom Reference Guide” for a lecture at the Mt. Adams Institute. The lecture will last from 9-11 followed by a mushroom forage afterwards (participants should bring a sack lunch). All ages welcome. Register here.

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