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Chase Buffington


Director of Cispus Learning Center

Chase joined the Cispus Learning Center in the summer of 2009 to 2011 as the Challenge Course Manager. Then pursued personal business and construction as Pacific Cascade Canopy Tours, travelled the United States implementing zip-line canopy tours, specifically at the home base of Explore Brown County, Indiana. Holding claim from 2011 to 2013 the longest, tallest, and fastest zip-lines in the state. Like a boomerang, a desire to come back home in Washington led to the general manager position at the Cispus Learning Center in 2014 and eventually becoming the director in the fall of 2019. Chase’s passion is sharing in facilitation while utilizes resources in experiential education in the outdoors.


  • Oversee operations and manages the Granger-Thye special use permit with the Forest Service.
  • Manages finances, marketing, and program deliverables to groups utilizing the physical site.
  • Lead program facilitator and inspector of the Challenge Course and Rock Wall Program.
  • Provides local community engagement, school services, and provides support to Lewis County Public Health and Human Services. 

About Chase

Chase Buffington is currently serving his 6th year as vice-chair school board member for Morton School District, vice-president of the White Pass Scenic Byway, and is currently the steering chair for the Washington Outdoor School Consortium. Went to school at Eastern Washington University (EWU), bachelors of Outdoor Recreation and awarded Outdoor Recreation Major of the Year 2007. Chase minored in Challenge Course Management, certification level II.

Served as a wildland fire fighter for the Pacific Cascade Region with the Department of Natural Resources and as a lead counselor for the WSU 4-H Forestry Education Program in Wenatchee, WA. Is a member of Association of Experiential Education (AEE), Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT), and Leave No Trace Principals (LNT). His wife is a math teacher at the White Pass School District. They have two beautiful sons named Weston and Owen.

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