3 girls take notes during a class field trip to Keystone Science School.

Mission Moment: SSD Mountain Ecology


Summit County students from local schools once again had the incredible opportunity to immerse themselves in nature through our Mountain Ecology program at Keystone Science School this winter and spring. Thanks to the unwavering support of Vail EpicPromise, this initiative has continued to thrive, enriching the educational experiences of young learners across the county.

Tailored to complement elementary school curricula, our program extends beyond the confines of traditional classrooms, inviting students to explore the wonders of their own backyard. Out on the trail they delve into the intricate dynamics of our natural environment, gaining invaluable insights into topics such as climate change and forest preservation.

We were delighted to welcome students from local schools, including Frisco Elementary, Silverthorne Elementary, Breckenridge Elementary, Upper Blue Elementary, Dillon Valley Elementary, and Summit Cove Elementary. Their enthusiastic participation and eagerness to learn further underscore the importance of hands-on, experiential learning in fostering a deep appreciation for our planet.

As we reflect on another successful season of the Mountain Ecology program, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to Vail EpicPromise for their steadfast commitment to education and environmental stewardship.

Funding Support
Thank you to our 2024 Summit School District Sponsors

We are so thankful for the support of our sponsors in our effort to teach our local students about their backyard.

Copper Environmental Foundation
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Climax Molybdenum logo
Alpine Bank
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We are so thankful for our Summit School District Partnership sponsors! If you are interested in supporting this program please contact our Development Director, Owen Dodd at ododd@keystonescienceschool.org or call (970)513-5833.