Friday, May 24, 2013
This summer, Cascade Mountain School is hosting its second-annual Farm to Table Bike Camp from July 7-13. The camp gives middle and high school students the opportunity to explore the Trout Lake area by bicycle, with a base camp located at Trout Lake Abbey, a scenic organic farm at the base of Mount Adams.
Each day campers will bike to a different farm and will get their hands dirty while learning about food production and organic agriculture. Afternoons will be dedicated to recreation, relaxation, and caretaking of the animals at the Abbey. In the evenings, campers and staff will create meals from what was harvested during the day. Participants will have a chance to learn about a diverse spectrum of agriculture: organic dairy, artisan cheese making, beekeeping, vegetable and herb growing, as well as pastured livestock for wool and meat production.
CMS, a project of Mt. Adams Institute, is a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-focused educational program for middle and high school students grounded in ecological and community values. In addition to the bike camp, CMS is offering two additional programs for students of the same age: a July 21-26 science camp (students will explore the Hood River Valley learning about salmon, climate change, and watersheds while backpacking, camping, and kayaking along the Hood River) and an Aug. 4-17 field ecology academy (students will conduct ecological research while hiking, backpacking, exploring and camping near Mount Adams).
For more information or to register visit
school.org. For information about the Mt. Adams Institute, visit mtadamsinstitute.com.
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