Deserts and Dinosaurs

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Keystone Voyagers is a new camp program where we’re taking the traditional Keystone Science School Discovery Camp on the road. The Voyager program is the perfect mix of Science, Adventure, and FUN! Campers sleep in tents, hang out by nightly campfires and spend their time exploring the wild landscapes of Colorado and Utah.

One of our favorite programs is our Deserts and Dinosaurs Keystone Voyage, where campers will adventure in Dinosaur National Monument. Upon arrival to Keystone Science School voyagers will quickly prepare before hitting the road for many scenic stops along the way. Once at Dinosaur National Monument, voyagers will get to know the desert and the ancient history of the desert by rafting, horseback riding, and hike through one of the most pristine national monuments in the United States.

Here’s the full itinerary and click here to come VOYAGE with us!

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H2O Outdoors: Teaching the Next Generation About Water Management

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Keystone Science School in collaboration with Colorado River District, Aurora Water, and Denver Water recently worked together to educate selected high school students about Colorado water management as part of the H2O Outdoors program. The program is not just about educating youth, but engaging them in the discussion so that they can work to solve water problems our state might face in the future.

Our discussion around water is framed with the following facts; the population is projected to increase, but our supply of water is a relatively constant. Once the students gain this foundation for the discussion, they learn about all the various perspectives of water management and the stakeholders who represent those various positions and interests, along with all the current principles of water management currently being practiced. Students learn about trans-mountain diversions, conservation measures, incentive-based policies, and even the intricacies of agricultural irrigation efficiencies. On the last day of the H2O Outdoors program, students are charged with developing recommendations for water management within Colorado. Students are finally given a voice!

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10 ways to help your camper get the most out of the Summer of Imagination 2017

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Whether this is your child’s first time coming to camp or their tenth summer, here are a couple tips when planning for the Summer of Imagination whether it be day camp or overnight camp.

Before they go:

  1. Include your kid in the decision process: When selecting a camp program, let your kid get involved so they can find their perfect summer camp experience. It is important they get to pick a camp experience that excites them.                                                         
  2. Pack the Essentials/Non-Essentials: One of the easiest ways to make sure your kids feel comfortable is to make sure they have all the necessities. Essentials camp items: a flashlight, bug repellant, warm clothes, and sunscreen (check out our packing list here). Non-essential camp items: favorite stuffed animal, blanket, or a lucky trinket can make a big difference to a child that has never been to camp. Encourage your child to bring one item that will make them feel at “home” while they’re at camp. *Make sure to include your child in the packing process so they know where all their things are. 
  3. Talk Before: It is always a good idea to talk to your kid about what to expect at camp. Tell them it is normal to experience homesickness. All adults and kids get homesick. Talk about how they can stick it out and make the most of their camp experience.

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Science Beyond the Classroom for all Summit County Third-Graders

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Third-Grade Mountain Ecology is a dynamic outdoor education initiative unique to Summit County

It was not class as usual for all third-grade Summit County School District students as they participated in Keystone Science School’s Third-Grade Mountain Ecology School Program during the last week of March. Instead of learning in the classroom, students bundled up for the outdoors and learned about the mountain ecology of Summit County.

This experiential learning opportunity was made possible by a generous donation from Vail Resorts EpicPromise Foundation, supporting this field-based program since its inception. For more than fifteen years, Third-Grade Mountain Ecology has impacted over 3,000 eager students in our community.

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The Hidden Purpose of CLAW

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On Monday of our Discovery Camp Deluxe session, the first question we hear from campers is, “Are we having CLAW this year?” Of course, we always answer, “Nope we’ve changed the Deluxe schedule this summer.”  They know we’re lying, but they play along anyway.  Half the fun of CLAW is the anticipation!

Wait just one second… What is CLAW?  Camp Legends and Warriors, CLAW, is Keystone Science School’s color war program.  It is a 2-3 day heavy competition where the camp is split into four teams and everything done at camp is for points.  The intensity and commitment of the campers and counselors is indescribable. 

Let’s take a walk through CLAW.  During what would be a normal camp program, perhaps movie night, there is a strange occurrence.  The movie suddenly stops.  The campers begin to make noise, what’s going on?  There’s a moment of static and BAM! The letters CLAW appear on the screen.  The room erupts in screams of delight.  The games are about to begin.  The Discovery Camp Manager reveals the teams, their CAP-tains (counselor assistant program), and their mascots.  Once all the logistics have been announced, it is full out warfare. 

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