With the outdoors as a backdrop for learning, Keystone Science School inspires curiosity and critical thinking through the lens of science to change lives and strengthen communities.
By 2020, Keystone Science School will reach beyond its 23-acre campus to bring high-quality science and sustainability programming and experiences to diverse communities across the country.
With upgraded energy-efficient facilities for faculty and participants, KSS envisions enhanced program offerings, increased community partnerships, and broader funding opportunities.
KSS’s leadership in the industry will be recognized and our staff sought after to provide guidance in the areas of science and outdoor education, partnership development, and financial sustainability.2022-2024 STRATEGIC PLAN (PDF)
We change lives.
It’s a lofty claim, but we know that people are impacted through their experiences at Keystone Science School. Our lives have been transformed and we inspire others to reflect, grow and change as well.
We foster open, honest relationships.
We care about each other and those we serve and strive to be approachable, friendly and authentic in all interactions. We believe that being mindful leads to higher levels of professionalism and instills trust.
We are different together.
We actively create environments that are just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive. We are dedicated to providing outdoor experiences that are culturally relevant to all participants.
We strive for excellence.
We maintain high expectations for ourselves and seek challenges for the betterment of those we serve. We embrace an entrepreneurial spirit and incorporate innovative ideas into our programs.
We find joy in teaching and learning.
We live our mission and bring fun and laughter to everything we do, every day. We’re academic, but far from boring.
We ask questions and seek solutions.
We inspire critical thinking in each other and those with whom we work. We provide the tools to learn how to think, not what to think by presenting topics and issues in an inquiry-minded way.
We are accountable.
The numbers are equally as important as the mission. Transparency is critical and we keep a close eye on financial success.
Founded in 1976 by Robert W. Craig, Keystone Science School has taught scientific principles and leadership skills to young people, teachers, and community members through engaging hands-on field experiences. KSS was founded on the belief that leaders should approach decision-making with a healthy respect for scientific inquiry, collaboration, and civic engagement.Read Full History
The Hot Pink Gorilla has been wandering the hills of Keystone, Colorado for as long as the Keystone Science School has been around. The HPG frequents the KSS campus, and for many years campers have been conducting research trying to find out more about this unique creature. Campers have set HPG traps and have seen much evidence (handprints, banana peels, scat, etc.), but no one has been able to successfully come into contact with the HPG. Many campers are curious about where the HPG comes from, the reason for the pink color of its fur, and its relationship with the elusive Grape Ape. Each summer, campers are given the opportunity to search for the HPG, follow evidence & make hypotheses.
2022 Annual Report
2022 was our Year of Community - a fitting tribute to the Science School’s journey building past the impacts of the pandemic. Our successes would not have been possible without the support of everyone who makes up our community from our funders to our donors, to our staff and board, and the youth and families that continue to enjoy the KSS Magic.View the 2022 Annual Report
KSS in the News
Check out KSS's appearances in news media like the Summit Daily here.Learn More