Dorm Field Trips


Overnight field trips
at the KSS campus dorms

Utilizing our 23-acre campus and the surrounding area, our dorm-based programs are specifically designed to meet the goals of each school. KSS programs use local trails as outdoor classrooms to provide students with hands-on learning experiences. Students only need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, and clothes for the program and KSS will take care of the rest. All meals, instruction, and lodging are covered within the program costs.

Henry dorm in the snow of winter

Our Location

Keystone Science School Campus

At an elevation of 9,200 feet, Keystone Science School’s campus is nestled in Colorado’s Snake River Valley. The 23-acre campus is built on the site of the Old Keystone Village, a former railroad and sawmill site, which supported silver and gold mining. Today, majestic mountain ranges provide a dynamic setting for learning.
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Our campus facilities include two identical log-style dormitories, dining hall, indoor teaching spaces, outdoor amphitheater and more.
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Students will 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. Both dorms are located right in the center of campus near Rives Dining Hall. Each room sleeps four to five students and there are eight rooms in each dorm. Chaperones stay in a room with bunk-beds off of the community space. Take a virtual tour of our dorms.

Curriculum Options

Each of our programs contain elements of environmental science, social-emotional learning, community building, and outdoor experience. We have 6 curriculum topics to choose from.

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Geology
  • Winter Ecology & Adaptations
  • Watersheds &Water Management
  • Forest Ecology
  • Snow & Avalanche Science

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 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 winter months, we can dedicate portions of programming to teach students how to snowshoe and cross-country ski, and we provide all of the equipment for this unique learning opportunity.

Need more adventure?

Check out our camping-based field trips!

In the words of teachers:

“True outdoor ed, with lifelong skills. Kids grow as leaders, communicators, group members and problem solvers. It’s an experience that many will never have. Also builds confidence in our shyer students.”

– Charles World Hay School