After School Programming
GPI is partnering with Stillaguamish Athletic Center (SAC) to offer swimming lessons at a discounted rate. Lessons would be either Mondays & Wednesdays, or Tuesday & Thursdays in the evenings. The cost is $48 per child for 8 one hour lessons (20% discount). GPI would also provide the van for transportation. We are seeking volunteers to drive. Email us to sign up for lessons or volunteer.
River Rafting Program
GPI helps engage youth in learning about river-based ecology and local history while experiencing the joy of recreating in their backyard through place-based learning. Students learn about the skills involved in rafting while also participating in team building exercises that in turn empowers as well as strengthens communication and leadership skills.
Similar to the River Rafting program, this introduces youth to canoeing as a form of recreation as well as a way to learn about the area’s rivers, natural habitat, history and cultural significance of canoeing to the local tribes. Additional goals include empowerment, leadership and communication.
Youth are provided a range of hiking opportunities suited for all skill-types to learn about the area’s ecology and local history. GPI arranges for a diverse group of experts on these subjects to join the students while also enjoying the thrill of being in the great outdoors. Having the ability to touch, smell and even taste what grows in our mountains make science all the more fun!
Similar to the Hiking Program, students will explore trails rife with chantrelle mushrooms, learning how to identify, sustainably pick, and properly cook them. They will have the opportunity to learn about not just the general ecology of the mountains and valleys, but also about the historical importance of mushroom hunting to the Darrington and tribal communities for many generations.
A special thank you to the Sierra Pacific Foundation for funding our after-school programming.