NKJN Program Reconnects a Generation to the Outdoors

At the beginning of the 2017 year, Keystone Science School (KSS) received approximately $30,000 annually for five years in new funding from the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) competitive grant program, which aims to reconnect an entire generation with the great outdoors. The funding came through Thorne Nature Experience’s Nature Kids/Jovenes de la Naturaleza (NKJN) program which provides programming for students in grades K-12 with a focus on backyard to backcountry programming. There are over 75 partner organizations and Keystone Science School is excited to be one of the many program partners with a focus of providing backcountry experiences.

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Reflecting on Our 2018 Impact

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We are excited to share that we reached more than 8,700 youth and adults in 2018 through our three program areas: School-Based Programs, Camp and Adventure Programs, and Education Programs.

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Girls in STEM: Health Care

By Carrie Scheick, Program Coordinator

Girls in STEM has a goal of inspiring young women to engage with STEM subjects throughout their education career. Our next Girls in STEM program is April 27th and has a focus on careers within landscape design and architecture. Check out our website to register.

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Our Girls in STEM Health Care program last weekend was certainly one to remember! This program was incredibly impactful thanks to our program partners - Summit Orthopedics, Kaiser Permanente, Colorado Mountain College, and St. Anthony Summit Medical Center. With their help, this experiential learning program was taken to a whole new level. It was so encouraging to meet and interact with local professionals in the medical field; we learned that there are a lot of different options in the way that you can care for people.

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Girls in STEM: Snow Science and Safety

By Carrie Scheick, Program Coordinator

Girls in STEM has a goal of inspiring young women to engage with STEM subjects throughout their education career. Our next Girls in STEM program is March 8-10th and has a focus on first aid and careers within the healthcare industry. Check out our website to register.

Snow pits, avalanche dog demonstrations, and cross-country skiing, oh my! This month we kicked off our 2019 Girls in STEM programs learning about Snow Science and Safety.

On Friday evening, we had two professional STEM Mentors present about their careers. Lindsay Wiebold, Arapahoe Basin Ski Patrol, shared about her work on the slopes keeping guests safe and completing anything having to do with ski area avalanche mitigation. She shared her medical and rescue training, as well as her previous ski patrol experience. She taught the girls about snowpack stability and created an avalanche model with sugar, flour, and a shoe box.

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There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather, Only Bad Clothing

Keystone Science School is soliciting outdoor gear for our students and campers who do not have the appropriate outdoor clothing for their outdoor education programs. We have more information on our website about the details of the items we are requesting. You can drop off any donated gear at Keystone Science School or Epic Mountain Gear in Frisco.

IMG 0456There’s the common sentiment of “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” We all know that adventuring outside with the proper gear makes the experience much more enjoyable. Think about the last time you played in the snow and had cold hands and feet.

What was more memorable, the views or being cold? It was probably being cold. Does this memory affect your decision the next time it’s cold when deciding to go outside?

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