Alzar School Campus
Thrive at a campus that supports learning, collaboration, and adventure.
Alzar School is located along the banks of the Payette River in Cascade, Idaho (see Google Map). Sitting on over 100 acres of property, we enjoy 1.3 miles of river frontage. The school is located within 45 minutes of two ski resorts and sits just west of the largest wilderness area in the continental U.S. (The Frank Church Wilderness). We are also less than two miles downstream of a world class whitewater park. Students and faculty all live right on campus, and housing is between the two main school buildings, the Confluence Building and the Headwaters Building.
Three fireplaces warm this cozy building where students spend most of their time during the academic day. Housing multiple classrooms, the dining room, and study spaces, this building was designed to create spaces for collaborative and independent work.
Faculty live on campus near the Confluence Building with 102 acres to explore as their backyard.
This trail follows the perimeter of the school’s property along more than a mile of river through dense forest and along a 20-acre beach. Wildlife abounds and great views of Snowbank Mountain and Colliers Peak are guaranteed.
Carved into the hill below the Confluence Building and yurts lies a fire ring with stadium seating looking out onto the campus green. Capture the flag, spike ball, and a host of other campus games are played here on the lawn.
During time on our Idaho campus, students live in yurts with up to eight classmates, each with their own bunk space and desk area. Yurts are equipped with a restroom (toilet and sink) and wood burning stove. Yurtlife is a highlight for many of our students and more images can be seen on the housing page.
Home to the Patagonia Learning Center, students and staff head here for community meetings, expedition briefings, and other large group gatherings. Staff offices, infirmary, laundry, and the guest suite are located in this building.
The first building you see as you arrive on campus houses our outdoor program, bouldering wall, and the accommodations for two faculty members. If you are headed out on an adventure or completing morning workout, it will likely involve a stop at the barn.
Co-founders Sean and Kristin Bierle invite students over in small groups throughout the semester for a home-cooked meal and lively discussion.
Each semester, we spend five to six weeks in Chile. For three weeks we make our home in the Lake District, specifically the towns of Choshuenco and Neltume. Here you can anticipate a more traditional academic day while getting to know the towns and the communities in which you reside. The natural beauty of glacial lakes, crystal clear rivers, and dramatic volcanoes provide inspiring classrooms. Both towns sit next to water at the base of the Mocho Choshuenco volcano.
A quiet lakeside town at the west end of Lago Panguipulli. Alzar School have been visiting Choshuenco with students since 2007 and return each year because the people and town are wonderful.
The Rio Fuy runs just behind your lodging in Neltume and flows into Lago Panguipulli in Choshuenco. The area offers world class whitewater to paddle, stunning hikes to waterfalls, and quaint towns to explore.
Students live in domos while in Netlume and spend activity periods playing pick up soccer games, hiking to waterfalls, trying all the candies Chile has to offer, and more. Students are on a block schedule for academics while in Choshuenco and Neltume.
Many tourists visit Chile simply to take this drive from Coyhaique to Villa O’Higgins. The landscapes are everything you would expect from majestic and wild Patagonia.
Chile’s newest national park founded by Doug and Kristine Tompkins is over 640,000 acres and was formally signed into protection as a national park by the Chilean government in 2018.
Chile’s largest river by volume is a teal aqua color that transforms as tributaries drain in and make their way to the town of Tortel. This river has a mellow section, which we use, and a famous expert only run upstream.