Category: About KSS


  • Exploring the Historic Cabins of Keystone Science School Campus

    Exploring the Historic Cabins of Keystone Science School Campus

    Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Keystone Science School campus holds a rich history within its collection of cabins. These cabins, once integral to the operations of the surrounding town of Keystone, now serve as a testament to the area’s past, offering a glimpse into the lives of early settlers, loggers, and…

  • The Story of Keystone Science School (Part 1)

    The Story of Keystone Science School (Part 1)

    Join us on a journey through time as we explore the fascinating history and enduring legacy of this iconic institution.

  • Camp Legends and Warriors (CLAW)

    Camp Legends and Warriors (CLAW)

    Every summer at Keystone Science School, with the backdrop of towering pines and the pristine waters of Dillon Reservoir, a legendary event unfolds at Discovery Deluxe – Camp Legends and Warriors, or CLAW for short. It’s a time when campers become entwined in an epic battle of camaraderie and competition, where alliances are forged, challenges…

  • Photo Recap 2023: Adventures

    Photo Recap 2023: Adventures

    Embark on an exhilarating journey through the best moments of Adventures 2023 with captivating photos that capture the thrill of exploring Colorado’s stunning parks, monuments, and most scenic natural environments by foot, rope, and watercraft. From thrilling outdoor escapades to moments of discovery, each snapshot encapsulates the joy of exploration and shared experiences. Get ready…

  • Photo Recap 2023: Pathfinders

    Photo Recap 2023: Pathfinders

    Enter into a visual journey through the highlights of Pathfinders 2023 with captivating photos that showcase the fun and unity. From outdoor adventures to team challenges, each picture encapsulates the joy of shared experiences. Get ready for more thrilling adventures in 2024 as we dive into new memories together!

  • Photo Recap 2023: Day Camp

    Photo Recap 2023: Day Camp

    Experience the best moments from Day Camp 2023 through lively photos that showcase the fun and camaraderie. From games to outdoor adventures, each picture captures the joy of summer days spent together. Get ready for more thrilling experiences in 2024 as we create new memories!

  • Photo Recap 2023: Discovery Camp

    Photo Recap 2023: Discovery Camp

    Explore the highlights of Discovery Camp 2023 through dynamic photos that capture the fun and unity. From outdoor adventures to games, each picture embodies the joy of shared experiences. Get ready for more excitement in 2024 as we make this upcoming summer one for the books!

  • Camp Day: Where Costume Fun Reigns Supreme

    Camp Day: Where Costume Fun Reigns Supreme

    As the week draws to a close at KSS Day Camp, all eyes are on the grand finale: Camp Day! It’s the ultimate celebration before saying goodbye, where laughter and excitement fill the air. One of the most anticipated aspects of Camp Day is the tradition of wearing costumes.

  • A Keystone of Our Community: Summit Day Camp

    A Keystone of Our Community: Summit Day Camp

    The heart of Keystone Science School lies in being a part of our community. We strive for ways to better support our local families, and our biggest contribution is Summit Day Camp. This program serves not just as a place for fun and learning but as a crucial support system for families, especially those in…

  • 2023 Donor Impact Report

    2023 Donor Impact Report

    Hear from our board chairman, CEO, read financial data and more in our 2023 Donor Impact Report

  • Ready, Set, Pack: Your Ultimate Guide to Discovery Camp Essentials!

    Ready, Set, Pack: Your Ultimate Guide to Discovery Camp Essentials!

    Summer camp is a time-honored tradition that offers unforgettable experiences and memories for campers of all ages. Whether you’re a first-time camper or a seasoned veteran, packing for summer camp can sometimes feel overwhelming. Fear not! In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to pack for a successful and enjoyable summer…

  • The Impact of Girls in STEM

    The Impact of Girls in STEM

    Hear from Anna, our School Year Program Manager, on the impact Girls in STEM at KSS has on the kids that experience it!

  • Favorite Themed Week of Camp – Part 2, Day Camp

    Favorite Themed Week of Camp – Part 2, Day Camp

    Now its time to hear from our Day Camp staff on which themed week of day camp is their favorite!

  • Favorite Themed Week of Discovery Camp

    Favorite Themed Week of Discovery Camp

    What is your favorite themed week of Discovery Camp? Hear from a few of our staff about what theme they like the most!

  • Unveiling the Summer Camp Legends at Keystone Science School

    Unveiling the Summer Camp Legends at Keystone Science School

    Picture this: a summer camp where adventure meets whimsy, and every corner of Keystone Science School is alive with the antics of legendary figures. KSS introduces a unique twist – the presence of Camp Legends who play an integral role in shaping the campers’ adventures. In this blog, we unveil three iconic figures that roam…

  • The Value of Our Outdoor Education Programs

    The Value of Our Outdoor Education Programs

    Our multi-day field trips offer more than just a break from the traditional classroom; they are an opportunity for transformative learning and personal discovery.

  • Favorite Day of Camp – Part 2, Day Camp

    Favorite Day of Camp – Part 2, Day Camp

    Now its time to hear from our Day Camp counselors on which day of camp is their favorite!

  • The Impact of Summer Camp

    The Impact of Summer Camp

    Hear from our Ian, our Summer Programs Director, on the impact summer camp at KSS has on the kids that experience camp!

  • Favorite Day of Discovery Camp

    Favorite Day of Discovery Camp

    What is your favorite day of Discovery Camp? Hear from a few of our staff about what their day they like the most!

  • Year in Review 2023

    Year in Review 2023

    Check out Keystone Science School’s 2023 Year in Review video! Witness the impact on participants, students, staff and families in their own words. It has been another great year at KSS – from our educational programs to transformative outdoor experiences, and we extend heartfelt gratitude to our donors and partners whose generosity made this impact…

  • Get to Know Our New CEO, Kim Krebs!

    Get to Know Our New CEO, Kim Krebs!

    Watch this short video to get to know our new CEO, Kim Krebs, and hear what she thinks of KSS since starting here a little over 6 months ago. Kim’s impressive career includes years of experience leading nonprofit organizations focused on early childhood education and outdoor recreation. In her most recent position, she was CEO…

  • 2023 Summit School District Partnership 

    2023 Summit School District Partnership 

    2023 Keystone Science School and Summit School District Partnership Summer 2023 at Keystone Science School was a resounding success as we once again collaborated with the Summit School District (SSD) to host ten weeks of Summit Day Camp for elementary students and eight weeks of Pathfinders Day Camp for middle schoolers. Our mission, in partnership…

  • 2023 Summer Camp Impact Report

    2023 Summer Camp Impact Report

    As autumn draws to a close in Summit County, our team finds itself in a moment of reflection upon the remarkable summer we experienced at KSS this year. With the theme “Summer of Soaring,” we are awestruck by the positive impact of our summer camp, surpassing our highest expectations, thanks to our campers, camp families,…

  • Our Mission & Values

    Our Mission & Values

    What do the mission and values of KSS mean to the people who work here? Watch this short video to find out! Click here to learn more about our mission, vision and values. Donate here to help support our mission.

  • Meet our new CEO, Kim Krebs!

    Meet our new CEO, Kim Krebs!

    As you may know, Ellen Reid who successfully led Keystone Science School for over 15 years has recently moved on to other endeavors.The Board of Directors initiated a national search with assistance from Philip DeBoer and Sara Garlick, of DHR Global, a national consulting firm, for her replacement and is pleased to announce the appointment…

  • Leadership Framework 

    Leadership Framework 

    This is not a specific curriculum or lesson, but rather a framework with a foundation of 5 elements of leadership that can be applied to any program/age/activity. As students progress through camp, adventure, and school-based programs, they will become familiar with the 5 elements and have opportunities to grow within each. This framework is meant…

  • 2022 H2O Outdoors Final Report

    2022 H2O Outdoors Final Report

    H2O Outdoors is a 3-day program teaching high school students about the many uses of water and the policy which surrounds how Colorado’s water is managed. Throughout the program students learn about careers within water management, conduct field-based research, and visit several key locations in Summit County as they learn about the various stakeholders who…

  • 2022 Beyond the Classroom Final Report 

    2022 Beyond the Classroom Final Report 

    Beyond the Classroom 2022 was a sucess! We are happy to bring back this program since it was last held in 2019 before the pandemic. We had 15 teachers attend from 8 different schools and 3 different states. Beyond the Classroom provides teachers with all the tools necessary to facilitate a complete unit on environmental issues…

  • 2022 Girls in STEM Final Report

    2022 Girls in STEM Final Report

    Keystone Science School believes in empowering girls by engaging them in hands-on, real-world activities to show STEM is relevant and fun in an ever-changing world. According to the National Education Association, “girls who learn in all-girl environments are believed to be more comfortable responding to questions and sharing their opinions in class and more likely…

  • 2022 Year in Review

    2022 Year in Review

    Thanks to the support of our donors and community members, Keystone Science School was able to rebuild our programs this year. In fact, donor support lifted our efforts to restart programs. We served 3,500 youth this year–a 50% increase from 2021. Next year, we are poised to run our first full calendar year of programming…

  • 2022 Summit Day Camp Final Report 

    2022 Summit Day Camp Final Report 

    Since 2015, Keystone Science School has partnered with Summit School District (SSD) to offer 10 consecutive weeks of Summit Day Camp to its students. This enriching outdoor education program is exclusive to SSD students, serving up to 75 students per day. The program offers consistent and affordable care to working parents. A sliding fee scale…

  • 2022 Summer Camp in Review

    2022 Summer Camp in Review

    Summit County has settled into the winter season, and the staff find themselves reflecting on the incredible summer we had at KSS this year as we continue to rebuild and restart programming after the pandemic. The theme for camp this year was the Summer of Community, and as we look back on the impact from…

  • Board Member Yanitza Rivera on our JEDI Commission

    Board Member Yanitza Rivera on our JEDI Commission

    Yanizta Rivera, one of our KSS Board Members and a member of our new JEDI Commission, shares her thoughts on the importance of our efforts in Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. With Spanish as her first language, she has personally experienced the difficulties of language barriers. As a board member of The Keystone Science School…

  • A New Chapter at KSS

    A New Chapter at KSS

    Keystone Science School is an incredibly special place. Its location in Keystone, its community of people, and its mission to inspire curiosity and critical thinking through the lens of science make it so. Since 1976, the School has offered interactive, experiential educational programs. This year, as the organization re-emerged from the pandemic stressors, the School…

  • Mission Moment: Social Emotional Learning

    Mission Moment: Social Emotional Learning

    Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. It is the process through which young people and adults thrive personally and academically, develop and maintain positive relationships, become lifelong learners, and contribute to a more caring, just world. SEL is important because it advances educational equity and excellence by establishing…

  • Our Inclusion Policy

    Our Inclusion Policy

    At Keystone Science School, we believe camp and outdoor education is for everyone! We create spaces of true belonging in which campers, students, and staff can be their authentic selves while experiencing the magic of camp and the outdoors. We strive to make everyone in our community feel comfortable, supported, and validated, regardless of their…

  • Our Staff – Why They’re Awesome and the Experience Needed

    Our Staff – Why They’re Awesome and the Experience Needed

    At the Keystone Science School, staff are certified and trained extensively in preparation for the summer months. They go through pre-hire screenings, must meet minimum job requirements, and spend two weeks in staff training before campers arrive. Job Requirements: To be eligible for a summer job at KSS, applicants must meet certain requirements. Staff Training:…

  • The Intentionality of KSS Activities

    The Intentionality of KSS Activities

    Keystone Science School Summer Camp programs are full of fun games and activities but every activity is full of meaning and purpose towards a larger objective of helping youth develop more independence and confidence. Some of our most “campy” traditions are viewed by campers as simply fun activities but to our staff and parents these…

  • 2021 Summer Camp in Review

    With the first dusting of snow this fall sitting atop Loveland Pass, the seasons are finally turning and the staff find themselves reflecting on the summer. The theme for camp this past year was the Summer of Connection, and based on our review and analysis, not only were connections made, but lives changed and unforgettable…

  • Ty Pennington Remembered

    Ty Pennington Remembered

    Keystone Science School’s dear friend and generous supporter, Ty Pennington, passed away in April 2014. While he was taken from us too early, his contributions and spirit will always be remembered. Ty was a kind and generous man with a firm belief in community, family, and helping others. The first day he walked onto KSS’s…

  • Happy Birthday to our Founder and Friend!

    We are excited and honored to be celebrating the birthday of our founder and friend, Robert W. Craig, who turned 90 years old this month. Craig, who most frequently describes himself as the “ultimate accidental tourist,” served in the U.S. Navy as an officer on an attack cargo ship (AKA 80), graduated in biology and…