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.