In Summit County, CO, around 1.5 hours from Denver
May 19th - September 30th
6 - 60 students
Climbing, SUPing, Hiking
Mtn Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, Watersheds, Forest Ecology
Summit County is a perfect spot to study environmental science in a high-alpine environment while having easy access to climbing, hiking and paddleboarding. The mountain landscape surrounding Lake Dillon creates an outdoor classroom which cannot be matched. Stay for 3 to 7 days in one of three campgrounds in the area.
on Zuma Wall & Haus Rock
On every climbing program students will learn the foundation of climbing skills, belaying, communication systems, and rock climbing movement.Learn More
on Lake Dillon
Paddleboarding is just a short walk away from the campsite. We start by learning how to paddle forward, backward, and techniques for turning. Once the basics are done, we allow for free paddle within boundaries and group games.Learn More
on local Summit trails
The group will push themselves a long day hike, similar to our camp Challenge hikes.
Students will explore the earth’s geologic processes through hands-on activities. Students will dig into the history of the Rocky Mountains and how the landscape transforms to make the mountains seen today. Students will also explore the significance of mining in the field of earth science, and learn about the importance of mining in Summit County’s past and present. Field groups may even get to explore trails that have old mining historic sites unique to Summit County.
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 humans impact those factors.
Watershed and Watershed Management
Students will be able to observe and model how water falls as precipitation then flows within different watersheds. With access to the Continental Divide, students will learn about its significance and implications in Colorado. With Denver’s largest reservoir centered in Summit County, students will get to learn the complexities of how humans use and strategically manage the limited available water in the state. Groups will also explore how important the Colorado River is to the entire Southwestern United States.
Students will learn about the many intriguing organisms that are native to Summit County’s forests and will understand how their unique traits help them survive and reproduce in their environment. With the varying elevations and life zones found in the county, students can see how organisms adapt to survive at high elevation. Using tree keys and measurement tools, students will gather valuable data about the forests they are in. Students may even get to observe wildlife firsthand!
We have 3 different camping locations for Summit County.
Peak One Campground
On the edge of Lake Dillon, Peak One campground has flush toilets.
Prospector Campground has pit toilets, and is within walking distance to rock climbing.
Snake River Village
Stay in canvas tents on the KSS Campus next to the Snake River in Keystone.
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.