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Chimacum Middle School - Go Outdoors

Help Save our Middle School Outdoor Education Programs


For over 25 years, Chimacum Middle School has been proud to offer outdoor education programs for our 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students. Over the years we’ve seen firsthand how these amazing programs promote lifelong learning, teamwork, and a love of the outdoors.

These unique experiential learning opportunities help prepare our kids for success in middle school and give many their first opportunity to experience the natural world and life outside of Jefferson County.

As costs continue to rise, and our funding sources dwindle, we are turning to our community to help us raise the money we need to keep these valuable programs running.

Learn more about our programs below, and find out how you can make a donation or get involved in our fundraising efforts.


Right at the start of the school year, our 6th graders venture off to the Cispus Learning Center—a 68-acre campus close to Mt. St. Helens. During their 3 days at this residential camp, our kids get to hike, participate in a low-ropes challenge course, and learn about the natural world. Mentored by high school counselors, students come away Cispus profoundly changed, and better prepared for success at middle school and beyond.

    Chimacum Middle School Cispus Archery
      Chimacum Middle School Cispus Dock
  Chimacum Middle School Cispus Field Trip










Our 7th graders take to the seas for a 6-day program based at the Maritime Center in Port Townsend. Our kids learn to work as a team to sail their vessel, and get some great lessons in our area’s maritime and natural history. They even get to practice captaining a ship using a simulator! Art instructors from the Centrum organization round out the program with creative class time.


More information for parents / guardians about the Longboats adventure trip in May 2017

  Chimacum Middle School Longboats Sailboat   Chimacum Middle School Longboats Centrum Art Instructors
    Chimacum Middle School Longboats Ship Simulator Port Townsend









This academically rigorous 4-day residential adventure, based at Lake Crescent, sees our 8th graders making connections between science, math, culture and the natural environment. Our kids document data on the Elwha River recovery project and learn about the human impact on the environmental system. Outdoor challenges and class time build both teamwork and self-esteem, helping our kids be better prepared for the rigors of high school.

More information for parents / guardians about the Odyssey trip in June 2017

    Chimacum Middle School Odyssey Outdoor Challenge Teamwork and Self-esteem Building Class
    Chimacum Middle School Odyssey Lake Crescent Hiking Trail
  Chimacum Middle School Odyssey Elwha River Recovery Project










A donation of any size is greatly appreciated, and your contribution will help our kids become better students, environmental stewards, and members of our community.

Donations can be brought into the Middle School office, or mailed to:

ATTN: Trish DiPrete
PO Box 278
Chimacum, WA 98325

Please make checks out to Chimacum Middle School or CMS, with the memo or notation “Outdoor Ed Program”.

If you’d like to volunteer for any of our upcoming fundraising activities or have any questions about our outdoor education programs, please call either Amy or Trish at the school office at 360-302-5944, or drop them an email at amy_bartlett@csd49.org or mailto:trish_diprete@csd49.org.