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Staunton State Park: Camping Field Trip

Staunton State Park: Camping Field Trip

location icon Near Conifer, less than an hour from Denver

Dates Available
April 1st - October 31st
6 - 50 students
Activity Options
Climbing, Hiking
Curriculum Options
Geology, Forest Ecology

Get your class outside at Staunton State Park,a unique geological location nestled into the beginning of the Rocky Mountains. There are hiking trails, beautiful waterfalls and hundreds of rock formations for Geology lessons and rock climbing! This area has hundreds of student-centered rock climbing locations and routes that will help students progress their climbing skills.

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Activity Options

Rock Climbing

Students will learn the foundation of climbing skills, belaying, communication systems, and rock climbing movement.

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Hiking on trail

The group will challenge themselves on a day hike in the park, while learning about the surrounding environment hands-on along the way.

Curriculum Options

Desert Ecology
Mountain Geology

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. Rocks in Staunton State Park are known for their unique colors, shades, and even sparkles, and groups will have the opportunity to observe both the outside and inside of these rocks.

Desert Geology
Forest Ecology

On a hike guided by our instructors, students will observe the many intriguing organisms that are native to the front range of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and will understand how their unique traits help them survive and reproduce in their environment. During the winter, students will investigate how specific traits help animals survive in a cold and snowy environment, searching for clues such as tracks and scat to infer what wild animals call the forest their home. Staunton State Park is known for its raptor and elk herd sightings, so students may even have the chance to safely observe wildlife while out on trail!

Camping Location

Staunton State Park Campground

This site has hike-in camping sites within a 200 yard walk from the parking lot. Facilities include picnic tables, bear-proof storage bins and vault toilets. Campfires are banned at the park.

Evening Programs

Evening programs at the campsite

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).
* No Campfire programs, fires are banned at the state park. Can do different variations but no actual fires

Students on Evening Hike

Leadership Framework

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
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Important Info

Teacher Resources

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.