Steve and Kim Bondi have sold the North Cascades Basecamp near Mazama to the Bush School in Seattle, which will use the facilities as a satellite campus, the Bondis said this week.
In a newsletter on the basecamp website, the Bondis said the sale closed on July 18 and is effective Monday (Aug. 15).
The Bush School will use the site for its environmental education programs. The Methow Trails public access trailhead will continue to provide access to recreation trails and the Methow Conservancy’s conservation easement on 20 acres of riparian and floodplain habitat will continue to be in effect, the Bondis said.
Percy Abrams, head of the Bush School, said in a letter that “We are excited to begin our work in Mazama and the Methow Valley, and our intention is to steward the property as the Bondis have and to maintain the relationships and friendships the Bondis developed.
“Our aim is to share with our students and faculty the beauty of the region and to participate in and learn from cultural, political, economic, social, and artistic offerings in Okanogan County,” Abrams said.
The Mazama satellite campus is a natural extension of Bush’s 92-year history of experiential education, Abrams said. “The Mazama satellite campus will inspire a new generation of environmental stewards who will protect the natural beauty and resources of our region and the world,” he said.
The Bondis have owned the basecamp for about six years. It was started in the 1980s by Dick and Sue Roberts. The European-style lodge offers accommodations and a variety of educational programs. It is also available for events.
The Bondis, who have two children, will continue to live in the valley.
The Bush School, which has grades kindergarten through 12, describes itself on its website as providing “a progressive, inquiry-based, student-centered program focused on participatory learning.”