Fifty years ago, 200 sixth graders from three Washington
schools participated in the first-ever outdoor
education classes at “Camp Casey.” That tradition
continues today, as schools — public, private, and
homeschooling groups — bring their students to
Casey, allowing them to enhance classroom learning.
Teachers regularly use Casey’s natural resources to
expand their curriculum on Washington state history,
geology, and marine biology. In fact, only a 5-minute
walk takes students to Fort Casey State Park, where
students can climb to the top of the Fort Casey lighthouse
or explore World War I era cannons and fortresses.
Traveling only 3 miles to Coupeville with their
teachers, students enrich their Washington state history
lessons with a visit to the Island County Museum.
For lessons in marine biology, students can also learn
from Casey’s outdoor education specialist, who’s
available to teach three special classes, or assist teachers
in identifying sea, plant, and animal specimens.
OUTDOOR EDUCATION CLASSES
Casey’s outdoor education specialist offers these
three unique classes, giving students hands-on
opportunities to bring classroom learning to life:
Sea Lab. A one-hour class limited
to 35 students per class with
a lecture, lab tour of the aquarium,
and a time for questions
Beach Seine. A one and half hour class limited to 60 students
per class. Using a motorboat near shore, the
instructor drags a 150-foot net through the water,
which students help pull ashore from the beach.
Students examine the
fish and marine life as the instructor
describes them. Afterwards, the
specimens are released into Puget
Sound or put into containers for
transport to the Sea Lab. Beach Seine
is dependent on weather conditions
and low tide.
Forest and Meadow Walk. A two-hour class limited to
60 students per class. Students are taken on a guided
walk to observe and learn about the plant and animal
life in and around the heritage forest and meadows on the Conference