Experiential Outdoor Education
From rivers to trails, study in classrooms that inspire.
building skills, building confidence
At Alzar School, we use the outdoors as a platform for growth. Our expeditions are powerful experiences for students, and on campus there are opportunities to practices skills between expeditions. In the field, students learn that they are more capable than they imagined, and they develop technical skills that allow them to explore some of the world’s most beautiful places. During expeditions and through on campus programs, students rotate through designated leadership opportunities.
Students spend approximately five weeks of the semester in the field exploring the Chilean Andes and western landscapes. Specific expeditions vary depending on water levels and other considerations, but the semester may include paddling the Salmon River, exploring the Owyhee Desert, kayaking the Baker River in Patagonia, trekking in Patagonia National Park, and Wilderness First Aid and Swiftwater Rescue courses.
Beyond expeditions, the outdoors are integrated into the semester during after school and weekend activities. After class you may find yourself hiking on the campus trail, heading to the Barn to learn how to maintain WhisperLite stoves, or paddling at the whitewater park two miles upstream of campus.