Seattle Explorers

Seattle Explorers

Youth aged 10-13 are invited to join a community of other outdoor enthusiasts. No experience or skills needed to join - we will teach all the skills necessary to participate in activities. The group meets once at month at The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center to learn skills and goes on 1-2 outings a month.

YOUTH-DRIVEN, ADULT-GUIDED

Explorers is a year-round outdoor adventure program for youth aged 10-13 looking to learn new outdoor skills and make lasting friendships with fellow adventurers. While there is a focus on developing climbing skills for those who are interested, the program and activities rotate with the seasons and include outings for all interests. Parents are not required to attend outings but we do encourage their participation. This is a great opportunity for you to get outside with your Explorer!

For the 2020/2021 year, Explorers will be divided into two cohorts: Explorers for ages 10-11 and Junior MAC  for those who are 12-13. This will allow us to give more families more opportunities to get outside. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Member Services!

Note: Explorers or Junior MAC membership is $1,000  annually for families joining in the fall. Families joining in the winter will be prorated. Families will have the option of paying up front or paying the annual fee in a series of installments. This is an annual, not monthly, club.

TYPICAL OUTINGS

Activities: Hiking, Rock Climbing, Cross-Country Skiing, Rafting, Snowshoeing, Snow Caving, Camping, Kayaking, Exploring in just about any capacity!

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Check out the photo gallery below to see highlights from the 2019-2020 season. Trips included a weekend at Baker Lodge building snow caves, climbing at Vantage and Leavenworth, and much more! 

Explorers Adventure Photos

HOW DO OUTINGS WORK?

Seattle Explorers are based out of the Seattle Program Center in Magnuson Park. Explorers meet monthly on Wednesday evenings, can participate in monthly skill-building workshops, and have the opportunity to go on one or more weekend outings a month.

Outings are organized by our staff and parent volunteers and chaperoned by at least two adults. Outings range from single-day hikes, paddles & climbs, to multi-day hiking, climbing, or camping trips.  Some trips have a maximum capacity, while others are open to as many youth and adults as want to attend. 

HOW DO I KNOW THIS IS THE RIGHT PROGRAM FOR MY FAMILY?

Explorers is a club and requires a time commitment and annual program fee of $1,000 (which can be paid in monthly installments). In return, members gain a community of outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy spending time learning skills and getting outside together. As families grow through our programs, lifelong friendships are built. When graduates of our teen program come home from college, they meet up with other Mountaineers friends to go hiking, backpacking, and climbing. This program is just the beginning.

In order to build a cohesive community, registration is available only in September and January. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE september 2020 NEW MEMBER MEETING

HOW DO I GET MY FAMILY INVOLVED IN Explorers?

To get involved, first you'll need to sign up for a Family Membership with us. Once you have created your new account, add your kids to your account by clicking on the "Membership" tab and adding a family member. 

Here is an FAQ on that process. 

Next, please take our new member survey which will help staff learn what members are interested in. The survey will answer some of your preliminary questions and give you an idea of what to expect from the club. We're looking forward to a great season!

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE NEW MEMBER SURVEY

I'M 100% SURE I WANT TO REGISTER FOR Explorers THIS YEAR

Great! Then let's go ahead and get started.

First - sign up for a Family Membership with us (here's the FAQ again). 

Next - register for the New Member Meeting and take the new member survey.

Later - After the new member meeting and the new member survey, register for Explorers here or Junior MAC here (links will become available when courses are posted in late summer 2020)!  

Email our member services team at  with questions or for more information.

PLEASE NOTE:  Explorers membership is $1,000 in total for the year. 

PARTICIPANTS MUST ENROLL ONLINE. PAYMENT IS DUE BY THE 5TH OF EACH MONTH. BECAUSE EXPLORERS IS A YEAR-ROUND PROGRAM, PARTICIPANTS CAN ONLY ENROLL IN SEPTEMBER (BY OCTOBER 1) AND JANUARY (BY FEBRUARY 1). SEE PAYMENT FORMS FOR CANCELLATION POLICY DETAILS.