Our Campus


The Pennington Campus

Welcome to Keystone Science School’s Pennington Campus, a breathtaking haven perched at an elevation of 9,200 feet in Colorado’s Snake River Valley. This 23-acre campus, steeped in the history of the Old Keystone Village—a former railroad and sawmill site supporting silver and gold mining—offers a unique opportunity to explore the natural and cultural heritage of Summit County amidst majestic mountain ranges.

Named in honor of Ty Pennington, a cherished supporter and friend of KSS, the Pennington Campus serves as a testament to our commitment to education and adventure. Thousands of students and adults visit this extraordinary locale each year, immersing themselves in an environment that fosters learning, discovery, and appreciation for the region’s rich history.

Our state-of-the-art facilities include modern log-style dormitories, a central dining hall, well-equipped classrooms, an outdoor amphitheater, and an observatory. Beyond the contemporary amenities, the Pennington Campus stands as a tribute to the legacy of the Old Keystone Village and the enduring spirit of the land.

In acknowledging the cultural tapestry of this region, we also pay homage to the Ute tribes, who have resided here for generations. Their presence adds an additional layer of depth to the educational experiences offered at our Pennington Campus, enriching our understanding of the land’s history and significance.

Embark on a journey of exploration and education at Keystone Science School’s Pennington Campus, where history, nature, and the legacy of the Ute tribes converge to create an unforgettable learning experience.

Our outdoor Campitheater and stage where campfires and talent shows are held.


We hold our Talent Shows and Campfires at our Campitheater tucked into the trees.


We have an observatory with a telescope allowing campers and students to explore astronomy.

The Launchpad on campus with our observatory and yurt.


The Launchpad is our outdoor group meeting and play space with a basketball court.

Camper aiming at the archery target during Camper Choice

Archery Range

We have an archery range where many campers experience their first time shooting a bow and arrow.

Henry dorm in the snow of winter

Log Style Dorms

Campers can stay in one of our log-style dormitories, featuring bunk beds, restrooms with showers and a community space. There are two dormitories, Bighorn Dorm and the Henry Dorm. 

The entrance of the Ponderosa tent in Snake River Village

Snake River Village

Get a unique camp experience and stay in one of our authentic canvas tents, adjacent to the beautiful Snake River. Our tents are on raised, wooden platforms and each camper gets a cot and room to store their equipment. 

Snake River

Our campus borders the Snake River allowing participants to study aquatic ecology and fish!

The front lobby of our Tieken office building

Tieken Place

Built in 2018, Tieken Place hosts our admin staff and is the headquarters for campus pickup and dropoff.


Take Interstate 70 West to the Dillon/Silverthorne exit, Exit 205. This exit is approximately 75 miles west of Denver and is approximately a 1 ½ hour drive. Go left off of the exit onto Highway 6. Take Highway 6 East about 6 miles to Keystone. At the only stoplight in Keystone (W. Keystone Rd.), turn right and then an immediate left. Go one-half mile to Soda Ridge Road and turn right. Soda Ridge Road ends at the Keystone Science School (approximately 1.1 miles). Parking is to the left immediately after passing the Keystone Stables.

Science School Strolls

This summer we are celebrating how community members like you make Keystone Science School a wonderful place to inspire young people to be curious learners.

We’d like to invite you to Science School Strolls taking place Mondays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 11am and 1pm this summer.

Join us to learn about KSS’s historical campus, see Day Campers enjoy campus, and take in the beauty of our 23-acre campus. On Monday afternoons campers play games to get to know one another and on Wednesdays campers enjoy Skills Day when they practice all the classic camp activities including Archery and Fishing!

3D Tours

View these virtual 3-D tours and learn more about our campus!

Dining Hall