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Odyssey is the 8th Grade Outdoor Education experience. Curriculum is combined with hands-on experience to bring education to life. Parents are asked to pay only a portion of the cost of this trip.  It is necessary to make our deposit to the NatureBridge facility early in the year, so the 8th Grade Team appreciates your paying this school expense promptly.  Payment can be made in increments, if need be.  Please contact the Middle School office at 302-5944 for more information. 

Odyssey:  2016-2017

Dates:  June 12 thru June 15. We leave Monday morning, June 12th, at approximately 8am from the Middle School and return on Thursday, June 15th, at approximately 2pm.

Location:  NatureBridge, an educational facility on Barnes Point, Lake Crescent. Facilities include bunkhouses, shower house, dining lodge, science labs, amphitheaters, meeting rooms, laundry, and access to sites such as Storm King Mountain, the Elwha River, Marymere Falls, Barnes Creek, Spruce Railroad Tunnel, and Lake Crescent.

Dining:  All meals are healthy and local or organic-based where possible. Meals include pancakes, eggs, sausage, cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, pizza, teriyaki, pasta, salad, vegetables, sandwiches, and garlic bread. It is a strictly peanut-free environment and gluten-free options are available at all meals. There is always a dessert available with each lunch and dinner. There is no limit on eating but waste is discouraged. Juice, milk, and water are available. Snacks are provided as well throughout the day.

Sample Dayhttps://naturebridge.org/olympic/school-group/sample-day

Webpage with Parent/Teacher Info:  https://naturebridge.org/olympic/school-group

Packing Listhttps://naturebridge.org/sites/default/files/Olympic%20Clothing%20and%20Equipment%20List_0.pdf   please consult a CMS Educator if you have any questions about this list.

Included:  4 days/3 nights food, lodging, and all of the field-based learning activities

Hosts:  NatureBridge Educators, CMS 8th Grade Educators and Counselor. The NatureBridge Educators are all certified Wilderness First Responders and all prescription needs are appropriately accommodated by the CMS staff.

Guest Speaker:  Depending on availability, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Elder Elaine Grinnell.

Cost:  $175, all inclusive.

Value:  Based on this page,  https://naturebridge.org/olympic/school-group/rates it would appear that a 4 day/3 night stay at this facility would cost approximately $325.