Girls of the Gore

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The Summer of 2017 was a summer of firsts - for me personally and for Keystone Science School. For me, it was my first summer living and working in Colorado. For KSS, it was the first summer there would be an all-girls wilderness trip: Girls of the Gore.

Both my co-leader, Sara, and I were excited to be leading the first ever all girls trip at KSS. Sara was one of the wilderness leaders who proposed the idea at the end of the previous summer, so she was excited to see the idea come to life. I have worked with all-girl populations throughout my career and always found it super rewarding. I was looking forward to the new experience of an all-girls backcountry trip.

We were off to a rainy start as we loaded up our backpacks in the van and left KSS and civilization behind. We drove to Cataract Lake to camp for the night; we would head into the backcountry the following morning. Upon arrival at camp, we taught the girls how to set up their tents and went over the basics of backcountry cooking. It was a summer of first for our girls as well, as most of them had not been on a wilderness trip before; these outdoor skills were new to them. After dinner, we played a “Women in the Outdoors” trivia game to start the conversation about barriers women face in the outdoor industry. The girls enjoyed the competition and surprised by some of the statistics. Did you know that Outside Magazine’s photos only feature women 11% of the time?

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Looking back at Key Issues Institute 2017 from Alison Roper

IMG 0249There is a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr., that says, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way”, and this quote perfectly describes the Keystone Science School and my experiences in its teacher education program this past month.  So few people become well known for their generous acts of charity, however, each person can do their small part that will synergistically combine to help make this Earth a better place for all living things that inhabit it.

I teach at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Towson, Maryland and I was given an opportunity to attend a professional development in Keystone, Colorado that was generously sponsored by W.R. Grace, a company that develops high-performance specialty chemicals to improve products and processes of customers around the world.  This company is based nearby in Columbia, Maryland.

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Girls in STEM Fascinating Foods


Girls In STEM Facebook Event Fascinating FoodCome join Keystone Science School on October 7 for another fun day of learning, tasting, testing, and exploring the chemistry and science behind the foods we eat.

Do you know where your food comes from or how it’s made? Without the help of food scientists, food technologists, chemical engineers, and food flavorists, we would not have the food the US and the world relies on to survive. Without food science, there would be no way to keep fruits and vegetables fresh, food would look and taste bad, food would cost a lot of money, food would be unsafe to eat, and there would not be enough food to support everyone. Food scientists are responsible for developing safe, nutritious, and tasty foods and innovative food packaging.

Clearly, food scientists make a huge difference. In fact, many different careers and areas in STEM can be applied to food science and technology. For instance, a chemical engineer can create new ways to process and package food. While a food scientist could work at NASA to develop ways to keep food fresh for NASA’s five-year mission to Mars. In addition, a food technologist could innovate the meat industry by finding a way to grow cow meat in a laboratory. 

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Golfing with a KSS twist!

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SESSION 2: KSS Golf Club!
Dates: Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30
Fee: $500

FORE! Join us for a week on the green. Learn and expand your golf skills through physics and practice as we explore Keystone Ranch Golf Course. Campers will take a look at wildlife and the habitat golf courses in the Rocky Mountain create as they hit the links daily. 

Leadership Focus: Respect



Keystone Science School strives to meet our mission through the motto, “Science, Adventure, FUN!” This summer we are introducing a new program focused on broadening our campers’ perspective through the game of golf. In our world, we often look to play, have fun, and be outside within our recreational activities. There are times that our hobbies and activities can sometimes be a detriment to our natural habitats. Golf is a game that often gets a bad reputation when it comes to environmental stewardship. They are often seen as a green oasis in the middle of the desert, a flattening of the landscape when trees are cut for new courses and a massive spreading of chemicals to make grass grow, be green, and stand up to shifting temperatures throughout the summer. While golf can have a negative effect on some environments there are strategies golf courses and superintendents can take to create and maintain golf courses in harmony with local environments.

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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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