Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit.

Edward Abbey, the Thoreau of the American West

We couldn’t agree with Edward Abbey more. We take our students on two extended trips into the great outdoors: a fall hiking trip and a spring kayak trip.

These expeditions provide physical and mental challenges intended to bring out the best in individuals and the groups in which they work and play; challenges that call on the values on which IPS is founded: wisdom, courage and integrity. Students and staff also have a chance to get to know one another informally, outside the classroom.

In sharing hard work, fears and triumphs, hot meals and stories around a campfire, students and teachers build mutual trust and respect that carries into the classroom when they return to school.

How to pack a back-pack for an expedition

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