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Outdoor Programs

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“Not all who wander are lost.”

              J.R.R. Tolkien

The mission of the Outdoor Programs is quite simple – “Get more folks outdoors. Our belief is that everyone is capable of enjoying the outdoors with a little guidance, proper gear, and a positive attitude. 

Outdoor recreation is our passion.  Come join us and explore your wild outdoors.

Summer Programs - Registration starts April 28 at 10:00am.

Summer 2016 Recreation Connection - Complete Catalog

Summer Camps

Summer Boating Programs

Summer Outdoor Youth Programs

Summer Outdoor Youth and Adult Programs

Winter/Spring Programs - Registration is ongoing

Winter/Spring 2016 Recreation Connection - Complete Catalog

Outdoor Programs can be found in the following three sections:

Winter/Spring Youth Programs (see pages 16-18 for Outdoor classes, including ski bus)

Winter/Spring Youth & Adult

Winter/Spring Boating

For more info please contact Jeff Ozimek at jeff@biparks.org

Check out this article about our Outdoor Programs Coordinator from the Kitsap Sun!



“Skiing is a dance and the mountain always leads” – Author Unknown

What better way to spend a white winter than out on the slopes? Bainbridge Island Parks and Rec provides transportation to and from the mountain on a ski bus. There are two mountains we visit – Steven’s Pass and Crystal Mountain. Steven’s Pass is one of the Northwest’s premier resorts offering 10 lifts, over 1,125 acres of skiable terrain, and 37 primary runs. Crystal Mountain offers bigger runs, fewer crowds, and 3,100 feet of vertical descent. Tear up the powder for six full hours with 11 lifts, one gondola, over 2,600 acres of terrain, and 53 runs. Seats fill quickly and space is limited!

Ski Bus

Pricing – We have a terrific relationship with Stevens Pass, Crystal Mountain and Lyon’s Ski School, allowing us access to special discounted pricing. We pass on all these savings directly to you. No markups. Sign up for one or all six weeks! The more you ride Ski Bus, the cheaper each week becomes.

Lift Tickets – Lift tickets or a season pass is required to access the mountain. We offer special discounted pricing for both Stevens Pass and Crystal Mountain.

Equipment – Participants are responsible for providing their own equipment and labeling it with their name/phone number. We recommend renting through us in order to get each resort’s mountain shop steeply discounted rentals exclusively for our ski bus.

Lessons – It is strongly recommended that students new to skiing/snowboarding or ages 9-12 enroll in multi-week lessons. These group lessons are taught by professional instructors and tailored to each student’s ability level/age. Students in lessons may free ski/ride with a buddy as time allows before and after lessons.

No Lessons – Participants new to ski bus this year who do not plan to enroll in lessons will need to take a short proficiency assessment the first day, demonstrating that they can turn right, turn left, stop, control their speed and know the “Your Responsibility” code. Students failing to meet these recognized safety standards will not be allowed to ski/snowboard or will have to enroll in a lesson at cost to the parent. Refusal to take the proficiency assessment is grounds for dismissal from the ski bus with no refund.

Refund policy – A full refund, minus a $5 administration fee, will be granted if withdrawing before the registration deadline. Once the deadline has passed, refunds will not be granted. The District reserves the right to dismiss a participant without refund if the participant fails to abide by “The Code of Conduct” agreement. If weather or road closures cancel a trip, a pro-rated credit will be refunded for the missed day.

Snow Train

Join Bainbridge Parks and Recreation as we take the Amtrak Train to Whitefish Resort (formerly Big Mountain) Montana for several awesome days of Rocky Mountain powder skiing and snowboarding. Located just west of Glacier National Park in the Flathead National Forest, we will be staying at the deluxe Kandahar Lodge. Ski in/Ski out from the lodge right at the mountain resort area. Enjoy the hot tub after a day on the slopes and complimentary continental breakfast each morning.

Trip Details – Ski Train includes R/T transportation via Amtrak from Edmonds to Whitefish, Montana, R/T shuttles to and from the train station, 3 nights lodging at The Kandahar Mountainside Lodge, 3 of 4 day all mountain lift tickets, continental breakfast for mornings, nicest hot tub mountainside, welcome reception and a BIMPRD trip coordinator.

Pricing – Our outdoor recreation relationship with Whitefish Resort allows us access to special discounted pricing. We pass on all these savings directly to you. No mark-ups.

Lift Tickets – Three days of lift tickets are included in the price. There is an option to purchase an extra lift ticket if desired.

Equipment – Participants are responsible for providing their own equipment and labeling it with their name/phone number. If you would like to rent ski/snowboards in Whitefish, we can provide information for that.

Cost – Pricing is based on double adult occupancy. Save significantly by planning with friends and family who rooms with whom! Rooms can accommodate between two to eight people.

Please contact Jeff Ozimek at (206) 842-2306 x115 or jeff@biparks.org if you have questions or need assistance.

Ski Bus Chaperones

Chaperones are the heart and soul of any successful ski bus. They have the unique opportunity to create and foster positive relationships with their group not only as a mentor, but also as a role model. Our chaperones are selected not only for their ability to manage a youth group effectively and to create lasting relationships, but also to help get youth active outdoors. It’s all about the kids.

An attempt will be made to ensure an equal mixing of male and female chaperones on each bus.

Ski Bus Chaperone Form
Volunteer Application
Background Authorization Form

Contact John Hawkins
Ski Programs Coordinator



Our backpacking and wilderness programs are one-of-a kind experiences that reward participants with the very best that the backcountry has to offer. To best enjoy each experience, participants should appropriately match their ability level to each trip’s unique physical and environmental challenges. Group size ranges from 4-10 participants. Price includes transportation, outdoor gear, camping permits, and park entrance fees. Participants must have taken Backpacking 101 to join backpacking trips or have trip leader approval.

Don’t let a lack of gear stop you! Try out our equipment for free. Our Outdoor Gear Bank has backpacks, tents, sleeping pads, trekking poles, and much more to borrow for free!

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Come explore some of the best mountain biking Washington has to offer with us! Bring a working bike and helmet. Rides are geared towards group ability. It is recommended to have a tire repair kit on hand for flats. Transportation provided unless otherwise noted in the course descriptions.

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These programs emphasize on-the-water time, expanding skill sets, and practicing safe kayaking. Fees cover all technical gear for day trips, camps, classes, and expeditions. Rain does not cancel programs; severe weather does.

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We’ve doubled our fleet, doubled our instructors, and doubled our classes for better one-on-one time between our instructors and your child! Sailing camps are taught by US Sailing Certified Instructors.

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Unique programs with a wealth of fun engaging information. Led by experts in their corresponding fields, you’ll come away with an entirely new appreciation of the natural environment.

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Get outside, breathe the fresh air, and connect back to the land as we explore the rich bounty of the Northwest’s wild and cultural foods. If you haven’t discovered the joys or benefits of foraged foods and wild medicines, this is your chance.

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Volunteering with the Outdoor Programs can be very rewarding. See new sights, learn new skills, make new friends, and build your experience helping with youth backpacking trips, adult kayaking classes, or family bike rides. We are looking for enthusiastic, passionate folks who want to share their experience, knowledge, and talents with program participants.
Volunteer Duties
Often times, volunteer serve as assistant instructors during programs and trips. This can often entail carrying a spare group medkit, extra supplies, acting as a sweeper, assisting in any field instruction, doing head counts, helping participants adjust their equipment, and/or any other minor issues. The overall goal is to ensure everyone is having a safe and enjoyable time on the program.
There is no cost to the volunteer to participant on a program. The Outdoor Programs will cover any preplanned expenses such as travel, equipment rental, lift ticket, etc.
How to volunteer
Please print and fill out a volunteer application. Make sure to include all applicable information. Drop the application off at the Strawberry Hill Park office with a cover sheet labeled, “Attention Jeff Ozimek – Outdoor Programs”.
The process
Expect to hear back within approximately two weeks about any volunteer requests. While we prefer to have skilled volunteers helping in areas of their own expertise such as snowshoeing, kayaking, or hiking, we have accommodated folks with less experience in areas they would like to learn while they help others.
For more information, email jeff@biparks.org or call (206) 842-2306 x115.



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