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Wilderness First Aid and CPR Course

We are offering a Wilderness First Aid and CPR course on campus August 16 through 18, 2021.  Course hours will be 8:00am to 5:00pm on Monday and Tuesday and 8:00am to noon on Wednesday. The course will be administered by Wilderness Medicine Institute of The National Outdoor Leadership School (“NOLS”).  This course is important for faculty who plan to take students off campus to locations where emergency medical response times may be prolonged.  Please note you’ll be required to take a COVID test prior to the course. The course costs $275.
 
The course has a maximum enrollment of 30, so please complete your registration form as soon as possible if you are interested in taking the course. 
 
WFA certification is good for two years.  If you are WFA certified, you do not need to take the First Aid/CPR offered by the school each fall.  
 
Please contact Quierra Williams at Quierra.Williams@bush.edu or ext. 7751 if you have any questions.

To register please click here.

Welcome to Bush Summer Programs!

The Bush School Seattle Campus Summer Programs
Bush Summer Programs 2021 on the Seattle campus will only be available for students enrolled at The Bush School due to the COVID-19 health outbreak. We look forward to opening Bush Summer Programs back up to the larger community in Summer 2022. To provide an environment that allows the school to operate summer programs during the COVID-19 health outbreak, we have made a number of updates to our normal program operations that meet the school’s health and safety protocols, following the recommendations of government and public health officials and the guidance of the school’s Health Panel. 

Registration for Bush Summer Programs opened on Monday, March 15. Bush parents, please check the latest Blazer Bulletin, Summer Programs Resource Tile, or the Divisional Resource Tiles for the registration link. Programs are open for Bush students K-rising Sixth Grade. Upper School summer courses are available as well for rising Ninth-Twelfth Grade students. 

The Bush School Methow Campus Summer Programs
The Bush School offers summer programming at our Methow campus to provide school-age children the opportunity to explore the Methow Valley’s environment, history, and culture, and to learn new skills. Each camp is led by an experienced instructor, with assistance provided by additional qualified staff.

Camps use The Bush School’s campus in Mazama as a base, but also venture to destinations around the valley to explore the session’s chosen theme. Campers can expect to be outside in any weather, and be active and engaged. Each camp, listed below, runs Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with transportation available to and from the Winthrop barn. Campers bring their own lunch and water bottles. All camps are $225 per week.

Register for Bush Methow summer programs by creating an account here. Registration will open on Monday, March 29 at 8:00 a.m. Feel free to email or call Methow Program Manager Hilary Kaltenbach with questions at 509-919-2444

Art in Nature, Session One 
Dates: July 5-8
Instructor: Christa Culbert
Grades: 2-3
If you love art and the outdoors, this camp is for you. We will learn about nature through a variety of techniques, materials, and projects, including (but not limited to) painting and clay. We will explore the natural world from The Bush School, bringing our art materials with us, creating projects inspired by nature.

Art in Nature, Session Two
Dates: July 12-15
Instructor: Christa Culbert
Grades: 4-6
If you love art and the outdoors, this camp is for you. We will learn about nature through a variety of techniques, materials, and projects, including (but not limited to) painting and clay. We will explore the natural world from The Bush School, bringing our art materials with us, creating projects inspired by nature.

Fly-fishing, Session One
Dates: July 19-22
Instructor: Jonathan Stratman
Grades: 3-6Mayflies, wooly buggers, and cutthroat--oh my! In this fly-fishing camp, you will learn about aquatic insects in the Methow Valley, how to tie your own flies, and how to cast with a fly rod. You will also learn what fish eat, how to "read" water, and how to wade safely. We will have three on-the-water experiences when you will have the opportunity to catch fish on flies that you’ve tied.

Finding Your Way
Dates: August 2-5
Instructors: Sophie Daudon & Daniel McGill
Grades: 5-8
Ever wonder how you could navigate the wilderness without being on  a trail? What you would do if you were lost in the woods with nothing but a map and a compass? Explore the hills and forests of the Methow Valley, learn to read topographic maps, and use compasses to know where you are and to get to where you want to be! 

Fly-fishing, Session Two
Dates: August 9-12
Instructor: Jonathan Stratman
Grades: 3-6
Mayflies, wooly buggers, and cutthroat--oh my! In this fly-fishing camp, you will learn about aquatic insects in the Methow Valley, how to tie your own flies, and how to cast with a fly rod. You will also learn what fish eat, how to "read" water, and how to wade safely. We will have three on-the-water experiences when you will have the opportunity to catch fish on flies that you’ve tied.