Camping Field Trips


Overnight Camping Field Trips
throughout Colorado

KSS camping-based overnight field trips offer the same great outdoor and environmental education experience as our cabin-based overnight programs with the added bonus of sleeping in tents at campgrounds throughout Colorado.

Build-Your-Own Field Trip!

Build your own customized field trip.
Choose your location and curriculum that fits your class.

Colorado National Monument

Dates: March 1st – October 31st
Group Size: up to 50 students
Curriculum: Desert Ecology, Desert Geology, Desert Watersheds

Summit County

Dates: May 19th – Sept. 20th
Group Size: up to 60 students
Curriculum: Mtn Geology, Aquatic Ecology, Watersheds, Forest Ecology

Staunton State Park

Dates: April 1st – October 31st
Group Size: up to 50 students
Curriculum: Geology, Forest Ecology

State Forest State Park

Dates: Year Round (Cabins), May 1st – October 31st (tent camping)
Group Size: up to 30 students
Curriculum: Forest Ecology, Snow Science, Mtn Geology, Aquatic Ecology

Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Dates: May 19th – Sept. 20th
Group Size: up to 60 students
Curriculum: Mtn Geology, Forest Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, Watersheds

Rocky Mountain National Park

Dates: May 26th – Sept. 12th
Group Size: up to 65 students
Curriculum: Mtn Geology, Watersheds, Forest Ecology, Aquatic Ecology

Leadership Framework

Our Leadership Framework is meant to help instructors identify which elements of leadership are linked to the activities and programs they are leading and how to effectively teach valuable skills through activity facilitation, debrief and conversation.

Evening Programs

After the day’s activities are complete and dinner is cleaned up, the group will participate in our evening programs. This may include astronomy, night hikes, team building exercises, or a camp fire (depending on the fire ban status).

Backcountry Hygiene

While hygiene may look a little different on a camping-based program, it still is certainly a priority. We are sure to wash our hands with soap and water before every meal, brush our teeth twice a day, and create clean environments for any first aid that needs to occur. Other hygiene is subject to facilities provided by the camping site. Showers are often not available. Read our blog on here.


Schools can meet us at our KSS campus, or head directly to the program camping location. Call us to discuss transportation!


Students will either sleep in 3-4 person KSS tents under the amazing Colorado sky or in some locations, rustic cabins. Each campsite has a short walk to bathroom facilities. KSS provides tents, kitchen gear, and sun/rain shelters.


Each meal will be prepared with students’ individual dietary restrictions in mind. Lunch will be a sack lunch which will be made by students themselves each morning.

Teacher Resources

Learn all that you need to know about preparing for a KSS program.

Financial Aid

KSS provides discounts to schools for the traditional two-night, three-day overnight programs. This based on need and are distributed to schools allowing them to distribute scholarships to students on an as-needed basis.

What’s Included?

We provide all of the necessary camping and kitchen gear. Students only need to arrive with their sleeping bag, pillow, and clothes for the program. All meals, instruction, and lodging are covered within the program costs.

In the words of teachers

“Staff. Staff. Staff. The interaction with our students was positive and encouraging, and our students showed a willingness to learn because the staff was engaging and positive.”
Graland Country Day School

“Great, both instructors knew what they were doing. Skilled at meeting students where they were at. Balance of content and meeting group norms. Everything felt streamlined.”

“Great field day, exploring the area. In previous years we came, we haven’t been directly to a site related to the student’s programming. We Love the hands on learning we do at KSS. Teambuilding activities were good. New stuff and content from staff too. Loved the flushed toilets. Loved the camping chairs, first time they had that. Postcards are a nice touch!”