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The Connections Program

A collaborative effort among five community organizations reaching nearly all Blaine and Mount Baker District elementary students with outdoor education.

Each student receives 5-10 hours of outdoor instruction aligned with science standards taught in the classroom, with lessons ranging from investigating stream health to managing school gardens. This innovative approach to programming leverages several local groups to bring unique curriculum at each grade level, starting with local outdoor experiences on or near school grounds and building up to off-site excursions to the North Cascades National Park or Camp Saturna.


“During this pandemic, I knew it was going to be critically important to get kids outside. Kids need to get outdoors for not just their physical health, but their mental health.”

- Representative Alicia Rule

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