Based at the Glacier Basin Campground in R.M.N.P. under 2 hours from Denver
May 26th - September 12th
6 - 65 students
Climbing, SUPing, Hiking
Mtn Geology, Watersheds, Forest Ecology, Aquatic Ecology
Bring your class outside to one of our nation's most stunning parks! Students will explore Rocky Mountain National Park and its rugged mountains, 100+ lakes and abundant wildlife on this camping-based field trip. Stay for 3 to 7 days, while the group develops rock climbing, hiking and paddleboarding skills.
You must book this location 6 months in advance.
On every climbing program students will learn the foundation of climbing skills, belaying, communication systems, and rock climbing movement.Learn More
at Grand Lake
We start by learning how to paddle forward, backward, and techniques for turning. We then have free paddle within boundaries, and then group games on the water.Learn More
Students will challenge themselves on a day hike while learning about the surrounding environment in Rocky Mountain National Park, which has over 315 miles of trails.
This curriculum rocks! Students will explore the earth’s geologic processes through place-based hands-on activities. Students will find and identify Rocky Mountain rocks and minerals to infer how they were formed and transported. Students will dig into the history of the Rocky Mountains and how the National Park landscape has transformed to make the mountains seen today.
Watersheds and Water management
With the continental divide running through the park, students will learn about the significance of the continental divide and its implications in the State of Colorado. Students will then learn how humans use and strategically manage the limited available water in Colorado. Groups will explore how important the Colorado River is to the entire Southwestern United States. With the headwaters of the Colorado River existing inside Rocky Mountain National Park, there is no better place to learn about watersheds and water management!
Students will observe the many intriguing organisms that are native to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and will understand how their unique traits help them survive and reproduce in their environment. Students will search for clues such as tracks and scat to infer what wild animals call the forest their home. As wildlife sightings are common inside of Rocky Mountain National Park, students may even get to safely observe wildlife while out on trail!
Students will examine how all things in aquatic ecosystems are connected. Through chemical, biological, and physical water testing, students are introduced to the aquatic environment. Students will search for aquatic macroinvertebrates, measure the rate at which a stream flows, and test for chemical levels in the water. Students will think critically about how their findings are indicators of environmental health, and discuss how human activity in their location may impact those factors.
We have 2 different camping options for this trip. The group can camp in the Glacier Basin Campground, or backpack into the backcountry!
Glacier Basin Campground
This campground is next to the parking lot, with 2 adjacent tent-camping group sites that hold 40 people each. Facilities include flush toilets and potable water.
Students will load their gear on their backs and hike into the field for an overnight backpacking trip.
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).
Our Leadership Framework has a foundation of 5 main elements. As students progress through Adventures, they will become familiar with the 5 elements and have opportunities to grow within each. This 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.
The elements of Leadership
Inclusion | Critical Thinking | Interactions | Personal Growth | Skill Cultivation
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.