Kick off the new school year with an adventure. Oneonta gorge is a slot canyon with an impressive waterfall at the end. Sheer cliff walls loom over you the entire way in. The hike is not far (only about a half mile), but the trip is a real adventure. The route takes us from trail, to climbing a log jam, to the last section: where we need to walk in the river to find the hidden pool and waterfall! Be ready to get wet! We will leave Catlin at 10am and come back by 3.
If you're interested, email Renee at firstname.lastname@example.org and return the attached waiver by Thursday the 13th (I have a box in the Middle School Office).
Have you ever wanted to hike all the way from Seaside to Cannon Beach, passing over the beautiful coastal headlands and through stands of wind-swept sruce trees? On this two-day adventure, we will have the chance to explore this famous coastline and camp along the way! The Oregon coast is full of hidden treasures, and all Middle School students are invited to join the Outdoor Program for a weekend of exploration. Bring your camera, hiking boots, and frisbee!
This trip is open to all Middle School students. The estimated cost for this trip is $45, which includes transportation, instruction, and most food. Interested students should email David Zonana (email@example.com) to sign up.
What a great place to explore in the Summer sun! Over the course of three days, we will head to the Clackamas River watershed, south of Mt. Hood, and hike into beautiful Serene Lake- one of the great gems of the Pacific Northwest. This wonderful, and seldom-visited lake is part of the newly designated Roaring River Wilderness. Along the way, we will hike to Rock and Upper Rock Lakes, before ending at the shore of the legendary Serene lake. We'll pitch our tents in an amazing campsite, build rafts and hang out in the sun. During the evening we will cook a fine dinner over our trustee little camp stoves. Marshmallows, s'mores and storytelling around the campfire will close each perfect day. This area is rich in wildlife and features to explore, including newts, floating logs, and old-growth forests..
This trip is open to all Middle Schoolers. You do not need to be an expert backpacker, but students should be comfortable in the outdoors, and eager to learn and work hard.
The estimated cost of the trip is $90. Interested students should email David Zonana (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up.
Keep your fingers crossed for spring sunshine on this exploration of the central part of the state. This trip is open to all Middle School students. On Saturday, we will load up the bus and head down to the canyons of the Deschutes River outside of Bend. Our first stop will be the beautiful Meadow Camp along the Deschutes River Trail. A short walk will lead us to the base of rimrock, where we will set up a few ropes so that students can try their hand at rock climbing. After an afternoon of teaching, learning, and climbing in the sun, we will head to a campground for the night. Sunday will be filled with hiking and exploration of the Whychus Creek canyon and the spectacular Alder Spring. We will return to Portland by 6pm on Sunday.
The estimated cost of this trip is $60. Students should bring a lunch for Saturday. All interested students should email David Zonana (email@example.com) to sign up.
Portland is vying for the crown of "Bicycle City USA" and its crown jewel is the Springwater Corridor. On this trip we will meet at Catlin Gabel in the morning and drive in our little school bus over to the Sellwood area. Once there our group will mount our trusty bicycles (road bikes or mountain bikes ae fine) and start off on this magnificent trail. The best part is that the route is almost flat! We will travel through neighborhoods on this newly paved bike path, past industrial installations, through farmlands and frolicking horses and all the way out to Boring. The entire bike trek will take about five hours and will cover perhaps twenty miles. The strength of the group and the weather conditions will determine exactly how far we go, so students need not worry about it being excessively challenging.
The trip is open to Middle Schoolers. Students should be in good physical condition and certainly must be comfortable riding a bicycle for most of the day. Students should plan to bring their own bicycles.
The cost of the trip is $10 and does not include lunch.
To sign up, send an email to Greenp@catlin.edu
Get outside on on the weekends! This is what makes Oregon so great! (even though the hike is in Washington) Dog Mountain is the gem of the Columbia Gorge. In the spring hikers will find this moderately difficult hike covered with an unparalleled show of wildflowers in bloom. Our little group from Catlin Gabel will meet at the school on Saturday morning and drive out to the trailhead. We'll grab our day packs and water bottles and hike up to the top- where the views up and down the gorge are fabulous.
This trip is open to Upper Schoolers and Middle Schoolers.
The trip is FREE.
To sign up, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for a glorious day of skiing the gentle slopes around Trillium Lake, near Mt. Hood. Students will ride the school bus up to Government Camp where we will rent skis, boots and poles. The cost of the rentals is included in the trip cost. Students will ski through the old growth forests and along the roads around the Lake for the balance of the morning and early afternoon. We will break for sack lunches, brought from home, along the way.
It will be a great opportunity for students to experience the joy of being with their friends in the outdoors during the winter months. No previous cross country skiing experience is necessary, though participants should be comfortable with spending a day in the snow in potentially cold weather. The leader of the trip will be Len Carr.
The cost of the trip is $30, which includes skis, boots and poles.
The trip is open to Middle School students.
To sign up, send an email to Greenp@catlin.edu
Calling all students in the 6th Grade class! The Outdoor Program will be taking a group of adventurous students on a beautiful daytrip to the shores of Lower Twin Lake on Mount Hood. We will stop and rent snowshoes in the town of Sandy on the drive up and do a short lesson on donning and travelling in these useful devices. The trail winds through beautiful Mountain Hemlock forests that are draped in Old Man's Beard. We will have lunch at the lake, play in the snow, and maybe even build a snowman before heading back to the bus. This is a beautiful area that is worth visiting in all seasons.
This trip is open to 6th graders only. No experience necessary. The estimated cost for this trip is $30. This includes cost includes equipment rentals. Financial aid is available.
Please contact David Zonana (email@example.com) to sign up!
Unforgettable views of Mount Hood from a Forest Service Lookout.
Join us for a wonderful winter trip that will allow you to actually sleep in a Forest Serivce lookout- thirty feet above the surrounding landscape. This trip will involve a 70 mile drive up to a sno-park near Clear Lake southeast of Mt. Hood. Here the group will put on its cross country skis (which we will stop and rent in Sandy) and ski on Forest Service roads for about four miles to the lookout. Most of our time after that will be spent frolicking in the snow, practicing skiing, and hanging out in the lookout. Students will cook dinner and breakfast for the group, and sleep in the lookout. Card games will be played.
Students do not need to be experienced cross country skers, but definitely should be comfortable being in the snow and in cold environments. We will rent ski gear on the way, which is included in the price of the trip. There is a nice warming fire in the lookout, though once the fire goes out at night, it will be chilly.
The trip is open to Middle Schoolers.
The cost for the trip is $70 and includes food (except a sack lunch on Sunday), skis, boots, poles, and lodging.
To sign up, send an email to David Zonana (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Upper School Climbing Club will also join the Middle School group and older students will help mentor younger ones.
The club will meet on the following Thursdays from 3:15 - 6:00 pm: 1/05, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/02, 2/09, 2/16.
Contact David Reich for Climbing Club questions and to sign up! email@example.com
Winter along the Crooked River
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to scale the beautiful rock faces of central Oregon?
Have you ever wondered what the high desert looks like in the winter? Come join the outdoor program for a weekend of rock climbing and hiking in central Oregon, and you can find out. No climbing experience is necessary.
The plan is to head over the mountains on Saturday morning in a small yellow school bus, arriving about 11:20 a.m. We'll grab harnesses, shoes, and helmets (provided upon request) and make the short walk to the rock. Students will get a day of personalized rock climbing instruction on Saturday. On Sunday we will hike along the beautiful Deschutes River in Tumalo State Park .
Saturday night we will cook a big meal and sleep indoors in yurts at Tumalo State Park.
The trip is open to Middle School students.
The cost of the trip is $60. Financial aid is available.
Email David Zonana (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up!
Bike along an abandoned railroad
No need to watch and listen for trains. This abandoned, 21-mile railroad offers scenic and incredible biking on the way toward the Coast range. We will load our bikes into a trailer, board the activity bus and head toward L.L "Stub" Stewart State Park. Once at the trailhead, we will roll up our pant legs and start riding North along the peaceful Banks-Vernonia State Trail to the town of Vernonia. We will bike aroiund the lake outside of town and stop for a a satisfying lunch break and a vigorous game of frisbee in the park before turning around and heading back toward the bus. We will return to Portland tired and content.
There is no experience necessary, and you do not need to be an athlete to join this ride. The cost of this trip is $25. This fee covers, transportation, instruction, and snacks. This trip is open to all Middle School students. You can sign up by sending an email to David Zonana at zonanad@Catlin.edu .
6th Grade Farm Visit Overnight
All 6th grade students are invited to join us for a beautiful Fall weekend for two days of laughing, exploring, eating great food, and learning about life on a local organic farm. We will transform ourselves into farmers for an amazing overnight on Duyck's Peachy-Pig Farm in Cornelius, which offers orchards, hiking, farm animals, and a pumpkin patch.
The plan is to board an activity bus at 11:00am on Saturday and head to the farm for a day of harvesting, tending to animals, and learning what it takes to run a productive farm. We will camp Friday night in the orchard, and will be rewarded for our work with a big farm breakfast on Sunday before doing more exploring.
We hope to be back to Catlin Gabel by noon on Sunday. We will leave the weekend with new friends and a new connectedness to our food and the places where it is grown.
The cost for this trip is $40. Please send an e-mail to David Zonana to sign up.
Join us on this 4.5-mile hike to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Oregon! The falls dramatically cascade down a basalt rock-face, surrounded by a wooded cathedral. We may even encounter late-season backpackers circumnavigating Mt. Hood on the Timberline Trail! What more could we ask for on a crisp fall day?
We will meet at Catlin in the theater lot at 8:30 on Saturday, November 5th, and make the easy drive to the trailhead. We’ll head down the lush green trail toward the cascading falls, where we’ll stop for a leisurely picnic lunch and plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. We’ll be back on campus around 3:30, and will call from the road with the exact time.
Students will have a chance to learn about several ecological topics along the way, including wildfire ecology, old growth forests, alpine wildflowers, and climate change.
This hike is open to all middle school students. No experience is necessary, though students should be in good physical condition, ready to work well in a group setting, and prepared to hike 6-7 miles. Cost of this trip is $30, which includes transportation, permits/fees, and leadership. Financial aid is available.
This trip will be led by Erin Goodling. Email David Zonana at email@example.com to sign up.
What an awesome introduction to backpacking! Come join us at one of the gems of the northwest in the Columbia River Gorge. The Eagle Creek Trail is one of Oregon's most spectacular pathways, passing half a dozen major waterfalls. It's also the perfect spot for aspiring young backpackers to try out the sport, since the trail is relatively level and doesn't gain too much elevation. We will hike in about 4 miles, explore the area, skip rocks below the legendary punchball falls, and bask in the sun. We'll pitch our tents in an established campground Monday night, and then wake up to a delicious breakfast and make our way back out the way we came on Tuesday during the day.
No experience or special equipment is necessary, but students should be in good physical condition and able to follow directions.
The trip cost is $55 and covers transportation, instruction, most food, and permits.
Email Erin Goodling at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for this amazing experience!