Garfield Outdoor Education (GOE) is a student-led outdoor education program based out of Garfield High School. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and are one of the largest student run organizations in Washington, with over 350 members. We run a variety of trips that are open to all Garfield High School students. Our mission is to encourage environmental awareness, leadership, diversity, self-confidence, and knowledge of the outdoors. We help to build a sense of community, which may not otherwise be found in a high school environment.
Our trips range in activity from rock climbing to snow camping, basic survival skills to kayaking, and hiking to alpine climbing. We run several trips around Washington as well as a Spring Break trip to Moab, Utah. For more information about trips and other GOE activities, see the Trips page. All trips are entirely planned and run by student staff, with a number of adult chaperones who supervise the activities.
All student staff have completed our Wilderness Survival and Advanced Survival, which are outdoor skills oriented trips, as well as the staff training program. All staff have also completed first aid training, with all Team Staff being Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Mountaineering Oriented First Aid (MOFA) certified. Our Executive Committee of thirteen student staff oversee and run most of our trips and specific organizational aspects of GOE. Our adult adviser is Scott MacGowan who has a strong background in outdoor education and leadership.
GOE strives to accommodate the needs of all students. We have scholarships and fundraising opportunities for all trips so that all students may participate in our program. We also have a large inventory of gear that ranges from rock climbing harnesses to more basic gear such as backpacks and sleeping bags, which are available for students to borrow for trips. For more information on gear, contact Aaron Schechter at 206-331-0895.
For the continued success of our program and to allow anyone to go on our trips, your help is appreciated. In kind and financial donations help sustain funding that trip proceeds don't cover, and information on helping in such an awesome way is available on the home page. $45 will cover a full scholarship for a 3 day survival trip.
Drug policy: GOE is a drug-free organization. We do not tolerate any form of drugs or alcohol and there are strict consequences for bringing these substances on GOE trips. If you're on staff and you're caught with illegal substances, you will face a 1 year suspension from the program, lose your staff position, and face any school consequences. Campers will receive a 1 year suspension from trips if they violate the drug free trips rule, along with facing school consequences.
Students on GOE trips are still subject to ALL school rules and restrictions, and will be punished accordingly if found to be disobeying Garfield protocol.