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Lower Clackamas River Summer Float

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Mon, 07/21/2014

Summer will have arrived and what better way to spend a summer day than floating down the Clackamas River with friends!  We'll do a 2.5 hour float down the Lower Clackamas from Carver Park to Riverside Park in rafts and inflatable kayaks! Our splashing and swimming will culminate in a picnic lunch in the park before we return home.  We'll leave Catlin Monday morning and be back mid afternoon. 
This trip is open to all Middle Schoolers, no experience necessary.  
Cost: $55

Klickitat River Whitewater Day Trip

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Sat, 05/17/2014

In whitewater rafting terms, the Klickitat River is considered a "continuous" whitewater river for its nonstop speed and action. There are so many class III rapids on this 18.5 mile stretch or the Klickitat River that we don't even try to name them all. Fast moving water, lots of splashy fun and amazing basalt head walls coming straight out of the Klickitat river and towering over our heads up to 200 feet is something you will not forget. Since this is an all-day event everyone gets to enjoy a bring your own picnic lunch on a sandy beach mid-way through your whitewater rafting adventure. We’ll leave on Saturday morning bright and early and be home by dinner.

This trip is open to all Middle Schoolers, no experience necessary.  

The cost is $85 per person

Financial Aid is available.  Contact Mary Yacob in Toad Hall. 

Trail of Ten Falls Day Hike Adventure (Silver Falls State Park)

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Sat, 05/03/2014

Join 7th grade science teacher Jesse Lowes and MS Spanish teacher Yen-Ling Wang on a fun-filled adventure to Silver Falls State Park. If you like waterfalls, beautiful landscapes, and spending time with fabulous people, then this is the trip for you!

From Catlin Gabel, we will drive southeast to Silver Falls State Park, where we’ll lace up our hiking boots, shoulder our day packs, and embark on a seven mile hike along, beneath and even BEHIND some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Oregon (and therefore…the world).  The snow will be melting in the mountains so the rivers will be gushing and the falls spectacular!  After soaking in the waterfalls (figuratively and perhaps literally) we’ll celebrate the end of our journey with a visit to the historic South Falls Lodge where prior intelligence has led us to believe in the existence of hot chocolate and baked goods.

We will leave Catlin at 8:30 a.m. and return to campus by 5 p.m. Students should plan on bringing a sack lunch, snacks, and a few dollars to trade in for treats at the lodge.

This day trip is open to all middle schoolers. The cost is $20

Email Renee to sign up: 
marlittj@catlin.edu

Trillium Lake Cross Country Ski Trip

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Sun, 01/26/2014

Join Len Carr for a fantastic winter adventure on the flanks of Mt. Hood!

Join us for a fantastic winter adventure on the flanks of Mt. Hood at Trillium Lake Basin. Students will have the opportunity to experience the wonders of exploring in the snow in a comfortable and supportive environment.  No XC ski or winter recreation experience is necessary. We will rent skis, boots and poles in Government Camp.  If you have your own gear – great – bring it. Once equipped, we will head to the Trillium Lake trailhead 2 miles east of Government Camp on US 26 where we will park at the snopark lot.  If the weather is clear, we will have incredible views of Mt. Hood. The plan is to ski around the lake and traverse Summit Meadow.

We will leave Catlin at 9am and return to campus by 4:30 pm.  Students will bring their own sack lunch and snacks. 

This day trip is open to all Middle School Students.  The cost for this trip is $30.

Financial Aid is available.  Download the form below and return it to Toad Hall.

8th Grade Horsetheif Overnight Trip!

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Sat, 04/05/2014 - Sun, 04/06/2014

Join us April 5 & 6 for an outdoor adventure in the East Columbia Gorge! We will leave Catlin at 730 and head to Columbia Hills State Park where we will view Pictographs, including an exclusive tour of “She Who Watches,” the premier pictograph of the Columbia Gorge. We will rock climb at Horsethief Butte and explore this amazing basalt formation. We will camp on the shores of Horsethief Lake at Columbia Hills State Park and enjoy an evening of campfire stories, s’mores and stargazing. Sunday we will have options of hiking, more rock climbing and/ or visiting The Columbia Gorge Discovery Museum returning to Catlin Sunday afternoon.
This trip is open to all 8th Graders.  No experience necessary. 
Trip Cost $50

7th Grade Girls Horse Ranch Trip

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Fri, 02/14/2014 - Sun, 02/16/2014

Let's head out to the magical Ekone Ranch for horseback riding, exploring, hiking, good food, and campfires!

Ekone Ranch is located on 1060 acres of permanently protected forests, meadows, and steppe at the edge of the Columbia River Gorge in south-central Washington State. It’s also home to 20 horses, most of whom have been raised and trained on the ranch.

We'll ride horses (weather permitting), play games, hike, explore the ranch, do some sketching, and carry on our girl trip traditions!

This trip is open to all 7th Grade Girls. No experience necessary.

The cost of the trip is $90. (Add $80 to ride a horse, we'll ride weather permitting) Financial aid is available, download the form below and return it to Toad Hall

8th Grade Graduation Mt St Helens Climb

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Sat, 06/14/2014 - Sun, 06/15/2014

All 8th graders are invited to come and take part in this Outdoor Program tradition.  We will attempt to climb to the summit of this Northwest landmark, and will hopefully have a chance to peer down into the impressive crater.  On June 15th, our enthusiastic group will drive up to the climber's bivouac where we will set up our camp with many of the other climbers who will be poised to hike the mountain the following day.  With a bright and early start, we will make our way through the forest until reaching timberline where we will then gain the prominent Monitor Ridge.  The ridge should still have plenty of snow on it, which will make our walking a lot easier.  We will continue up the mountain, reaching as high as we are able.  After some glissading on the descent, we will get back on the bus and head back to Portland for some well-deserved rest.

There is no experience necessary, and you do not need to be an athlete to complete this climb. You do need to be in good physical condition and willing to work hard in a group setting.

The cost of this trip is $125.  This fee covers permits, transportation, instruction, and most food.  Financial Aid is available (download the form below and return it to Mary Yacob)

 This trip is only open to graduating 8th graders.

7th Grade Opal Creek Ancient Forest Adventure

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Sat, 05/31/2014 - Sun, 06/01/2014

We'll spend 2 fun filled days exploring Opal Creek.  Opal Creek and it's neighboring Bull of the Woods Wilderness make up the largest contiguous area of low elevation old growth in Oregon! We'll hike in and sleep in a cabin at Jawbone Flats, an old mining camp.   By day we'll hike into the wilderness, exploring peaks, streams, history, and life in the rainforest. By night we'll gather in our cozy miners cabin around good food a crackling fire and friends to tell stories and play into the night!

We'll leave Catlin at 9am Saturday, drive south and hike into Jawbone Flats. We'll return by 4:30pm on Sunday.  This trip is open to all 7th Graders 

The cost is: $75 (financial aid is available: download form below and return it to Mary Yacob)

Cape Lookout Adventure

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Fri, 12/20/2013 - Sat, 12/21/2013

Start off your winter holiday with a trip to the beach. This trip travels to Cape Lookout State Park to stay in a yurt. We’ll hike to a high viewpoint at the end of the cape, passing a WWII plane crash site along the way. Explorations along the beach may turn up interesting jetsam tossed ashore by winter storms. We’ll feast festively, play games in the long, dark evening, and sleep snug and dry in the yurt, whatever the weather. On Sunday we’ll explore other sites along the Three Capes Scenic Route, and stop for a tour (and ice cream sampling!) at the Tillamook Cheese Factory before returning to Catlin Gabel. 

The trip is open to current seventh grade students.

The cost of the trip is $85 and includes all food (except a sack lunch the first day), yurts, staffing and transportation.

 

Explore Forts and History at the Beach

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Sat, 12/07/2013 - Sun, 12/08/2013

History comes alive!  Oregon is home to so much war history, fortifications and exploration history-- and we are going to explore it!  On this trip we will travel west to Fort Stevens State Park on the north Oregon coast.  We'll stay in a yurt at night - but during the day we'll explore various World War Two gun emplacements, old barracks, and hidden tunnels.  We'll visit Fort Clastop and see the very spot where Lewis and Clark spent the long winter of 1805.

We will eat our breakfast and lunch as a group and go out to a local restaurant for dinner.  At night we'lll gather in our yurts and play games before we turn in for the night.

The trip is open to current 8th grade students only!

The cost of the trip will be $70 for the two days.  

Any questions?  Contact Peter Green at Greenp@catlin.edu.

White Salmon Whitewater Day Trip!

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Sun, 06/29/2014

Adventurous Middle Schoolers will leave Catlin Gabel Sunday morning and drive to our raft put-in on the White Salmon river in Husum ,WA. Our outfitters will set us up and provide brief river training in Husum, and we’ll hit the river.  The class III rapids of the White Salmon River will get us working as team and whet our appetites for whitewater.  This is a gorgeous stretch of river that offers continuous excitement.   After the river trip we will head to Beacon Rock for an exhilarating  ascent before heading home to Catlin.
This trip is open to all middle schoolers.

The trip cost is $80

Financial aid is available download the form below and return it to Mary Yacob in Toad Hall

Questions? Contact Renee Jenkinson

6th Grade Beach Boys

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Sat, 04/12/2014 - Sun, 04/13/2014

6th Grade Boys get ready for two fantastic days at Beverly Beach which stretches from Yaquina Head all the way to Otter Rock! We'll hunt for agates, check out a 14,000 year old fossilized Sitka Spruce root, explore tide pools and hunt for fossils.  After a day of exploring and beach play we'll settle into our Yurts nestled among the trees.  We'll eat good food, enjoy our friends, play games, and fall asleep to the sounds of waves crashing.  On the way home we'll see what sea life we can find in Marine Gardens tide pools!
We'll leave Catlin at 9am Saturday and return by 4:30 PM Sunday.  
No experience necessary, this trip is open to all 6th grade boys.  

The cost is $60

Financial aid is available, download the form below and return it to Mary Yacob in Toad Hall

Questions? Contact Renee Jenkinson

6th Grade Girls Beach Trip

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Sat, 11/16/2013 - Sun, 11/17/2013

6th grade girls will head out to Nehalem Bay on Saturday morning and kick off our weekend’s adventure.  Expect games, obstacle courses, exploring, treasure finding, and tasty food.  At night we'll have a bonfire on the beach and laugh into the night with new and old friends.  We'll sleep in yurts with the sound of the ocean and on Sunday we'll hike up Neakahnie Mountain where the Tillamook Indians believe their most powerful god resides.  Some believe there's buried treasure from a Spanish ship wreck buried on the mountain.  Our treasure will be the breathtaking views of the coast from the top.
We'll leave Catlin at 10am on Saturday and return by 3:00pm on Sunday.  There is no camping experience required for this trip, just a desire to have a great time.  

This trip is open to all Sixth Grade Girls. The cost is $60

Financial aid is available, download the form below and return it to Mary Yacob in Toad Hall

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Questions? Contact Renee Jenkinson

Rafting on the Deschutes River

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Sat, 10/12/2013 - Sun, 10/13/2013

This is the classic river trip in Northern Oregon.  We'll spend a full day- Saturday - rafting down this mystical desert river.  The group will paddle the boats through rapids ranging from Class 1 to Class 4.  Each raft will have an experienced adult guide in the boat.

The plan is to board the big yellow school bus and head east to the quaint town of Maupin, Oregon on Saturday.  Eighth grade teach Jesse Lowes will lead the group. Once there we will load up our fine crafts with gear and begin the float downstream.  The day will take us through a variety of rapids from "easy" to "requiring your attention" under the leadership of professional guides from All Star Rafting."

That night we'll camp under the stars after preparing a delightful, filling and nutritious meal.  After dinner we'll hike up the nearby hills or explore along the riverbank and railroad tracks.

The second day presents us with the opportunity to explore some of high desert around the Deschutes River.   We plan to be back at school about 2:30 pm on Sunday afternoon.

Students must be comfortable in water situations and willing to help paddle the raft during the day trip.  No previous rafting experience is necessary.

The trip is open to current Middle Schoolers.

For information, contact Jesse Lowes

The cost of the two day trip is $120.

 

Sixth Grade Farm Trip

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Sat, 10/05/2013 - Sun, 10/06/2013

Join us for an overnight at Duyck's Peachy Pig Farm for a great introduction to the Catlin Outdoor Program.  Let's take advantage of (hopefully) one of the last beautiful weekends this fall by spending a couple days outside.  We will harvest our dinner, cook a fresh feast, watch the farmers prepare for nut harvest, play outdoor games, sleep under the stars, and feed pigs, chickens, ducks, horses and goats.   All sixth graders are encouraged to sign up!  We’ll leave Catlin at 12pm Saturday and return Sunday by 5pm.

This trip is open 6th graders only.  No experience necessary. 

Trip cost: $40

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Financial Aid is available.  Print the form below and turn it in to Toad Hall.