Outdoor News

Join the Outdoor Club on this unique activity to learn night photography on Friday, April 30 to Saturday, May 1.  They will be camping out on Graduation Lawn in individual tents.  The activity is open to Upper School students, with a minimum of five students for it to happen.  Maja Rodell, an alumni and professional photographer, will be teaching a variety of photography skills.  Cost is just $10.00; see the Photo Overnight Flyer for all the details. 

The 3rd graders spent part of Friday, April 2 walking the Story Trail above campus and reading the story that is spread out over 16 reading posts along the trail.  See a Photo Gallery of them enjoying the story and the warm, sunny day before the start of Spring Break.

Whether spending time in the backcountry is your passion or your profession, you should never have to ask, "What do I do now?"  Prepare for the unexpected with this fun, hands-on introduction to wilderness medicine offered by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) at SGS on April 16-18, 2021.  See more details, including the NOLS course description and student information on the SGS Website Form.  This is open to the community at large; contact Melanie Mildrew with any questions.

The 4th graders split into teams to check the quality of the spring at the base of the hillside and the Little Spokane River by Graduation Bridge on Feb. 8.  They regularly measure water temperature, PH balance, and observe any creatures for signs of the water's health.  See a Photo Gallery of their investigations!

Originally set for April 1, this event has been postponed until after Spring Break. 

School students can learn the tricks of night photography on this overnight camping activity on the SGS campus.  Join the Outdoor Club to learn from professional photographer Maja Rodell (SGS Class of 2008).  The cost is just $10; parents must fill out the online waiver.  See Photography Overnight Info PDF for more details.

While grades 8-11 are taking the PSAT on Jan. 26, the 6th and 7th graders enjoyed Dragon Fun Day activities including Nordic ski races on the soccer field, a pickleball tournament in ESAC, and a Virtual Game that combined distance learning and in-person students.  See a Photo Gallery of the Nordic ski games.

Seven brave Upper School students, plus several hardy teachers and staff, floated down the Little Spokane River on the last Friday in January.  US Head Francesca Mulazzi said being outside together made it one of the best days of the entire school year for her.  "And because we saw birds!"  See a Photo Gallery of the float to the Painted Rocks and the start of their hike in the snow back to campus.

This time of year, there are lots of eagles along the Little Spokane River.  Upper School students can sign up to float the river on Friday, Jan. 29 at Noon by having their parents fill out the waiver on PowerSchool and emailing Melanie Mildrew.  We will be floating down and walking back instead of using vehicles.  Masks need to be worn while hiking back and are optional while on the river.  See more details at US Winter Float Info on the Parents Portal/Bulletins page.

Canada Geese Land on Campus

January 19, 2021

Canada Geese like to pause on the school's Graduation Lawn and soccer field during their mid-winter migrations.  See a Photo Gallery of them from last week.  Looks like they not only fly in straight lines, but walk that way too!

The 7th graders spent part of their Theme Day on Oct. 28 evaluating the health of riparian zones along the Little Spokane River.  Then to finish their work, the 7th graders pulled scotch broom, an invasive species of weed, from the slopes above the campus.  See photo galleries of them doing Riparian Zone Evaluations and Pulling Scotch Broom.

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