Environmental Connections Outdoor School

Imagine the satisfaction of becoming aware and knowledgable about nature. You could tell what season it is just by the smell in the air; be able to identify almost every native plant in the local forests, and tell which are medicinal or poisonous. What would it be like to know where you are only by the different sounds of the stream? Imagine being able to tell what animals have been around by their tracks, and what animals might be present by listening to the bird calls.

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Environmental Connections Outdoor School is an organization that strives to inspire youth’s connections with the natural world around them. We appeal to the interests of students in teaching about the world through a sensory and interdisciplinary approach.


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We are based out of Olympia Washington, and we serve a large portion of the Puget Sound Region. Programs are offered for children as young as two and a half, through teenagers as old as fifteen. Most of our programs are for elementary-age children. We are proud to offer very low student:teacher ratios, and compassionate, enthusiastic, education that focuses on the development of the whole child.

We offer summer camps, and single-day programs throughout the year. From September to June, we offer Monthly programs in Olympia and the Seattle area. Contact us for more information, or to arrange a special program. We love to provide specialized programming for schools, girl/boy scout groups, birthday parties, etc. We can prepare programs around a specific topic, or offer you a choice of pre-designed programs upon request. 

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(This video features the summer camp students reciting their favorite latin name. They stand proudly in front of the madrone tree itself.)

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