Tag: outdoor education


  • Mission Moment: Alexander Dawson School

    Mission Moment: Alexander Dawson School

    Join us for a heartwarming mission moment as we delve into the unforgettable experiences of Alexander Dawson School during their Outdoor Education Field Trip at Keystone Science School. From exhilarating adventures in nature to hands-on scientific exploration, Alexander Dawson’s trip to Keystone Science School provided a platform for growth, discovery, and connection. In this captivating…

  • Mission Moment: Riverview School

    Mission Moment: Riverview School

    In this Mission Moment video, discover why Riverview School recommends our Outdoor Education program at KSS. Hear firsthand from students and teachers as they share their unforgettable experiences, newfound skills, and deep appreciation for the natural world. Get your class outside in the Rockies this school year! We have limited dates available so don’t wait…

  • Mission Moment: Collegiate Academy

    Mission Moment: Collegiate Academy

    Step into the shoes of a teacher witnessing the profound impact of outdoor education on their students during an unforgettable trip to Keystone Science School. In this video, hear a teacher’s heartfelt reflections on the transformative experiences shared by their students. Get your class outside in the Rockies this school year! We have limited dates…

  • Mission Moment: West Grand Middle School

    Mission Moment: West Grand Middle School

    Join West Grand Middle School students as they share their experiences from the Outdoor Education trip at Keystone Science School. Hear firsthand how this journey impacted them, fostering teamwork, resilience, and a deeper connection to nature. Get your class outside in the Rockies this school year! We have limited dates available so don’t wait to…

  • Mission Moment: Crest Academy

    Mission Moment: Crest Academy

    Join us for a heartwarming mission moment as we delve into the unforgettable experiences of Crest Academy during their Outdoor Education Field Trip at Keystone Science School. From exhilarating adventures in nature to hands-on scientific exploration, Crest Academy’s trip to Keystone Science School provided a platform for growth, discovery, and connection. In this captivating video,…

  • The Value of Our Outdoor Education Programs

    The Value of Our Outdoor Education Programs

    Our multi-day field trips offer more than just a break from the traditional classroom; they are an opportunity for transformative learning and personal discovery.

  • Mission Moment: Edith Teter

    Mission Moment: Edith Teter

    Exploring Nature, Inspiring Minds! Join us on a journey as Edith Teter Elementary share the magic of their Outdoor Education Field Trip. Hear firsthand about the unforgettable moments and discoveries that make learning come alive!

  • Mission Moment: Mackintosh Academy Boulder

    Mission Moment: Mackintosh Academy Boulder

    Mackintosh Academy attended our Outdoor Education program at KSS last week. Hear what some of the students had to say about the program in this mission moment video! Get your class outside in the Rockies this school year! We have limited dates available so don’t wait to get on the KSS calendar. Call (970) 468-2098…

  • Mission Moment: Evergreen Country Day School

    Mission Moment: Evergreen Country Day School

    Don’t miss this heartfelt testimony that highlights the magic of learning beyond the classroom. Discover the impact of Evergreen Country Day School’s outdoor education program at KSS through the eyes of one of their teachers. In this Mission Moment video, gain insights into the transformative experiences and valuable lessons students are embracing in the great…

  • KSS Transportation & Safety Measures

    KSS Transportation & Safety Measures

    Utilizing the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and surrounding areas, Keystone Science School programs love to take our students and campers off-campus to experience science, adventure, Fun! This brings up the question of how Keystone Science School manages risk around transporting students and campers in our 15-passenger vans. It is important to also note that all…

  • Mission Moment: Silverthorne Elementary Overnight 

    Mission Moment: Silverthorne Elementary Overnight 

    “It’s so crucial today for people to get outdoors, experience the world, experience the science of nature and leave their cell phones behind. Keystone Science School broadens the eyes, the mind and the soul of these young students to experience more than they ever knew was possible.” – Mark, Community Volunteer & Adjunct Instructor Silverthorne…

  • Mission Moment: 3rd Grade Mountain Ecology

    Mission Moment: 3rd Grade Mountain Ecology

    Do to the generous support of Vail EpicPromise, the students of Summit County Schools were able to attend our 3rd Grade Mountain Ecology program at Keystone Science School throughout this winter and spring. This program is designed to supplement the elementary school curriculum by taking students into their backyards to learn about our unique forest…

  • Outdoor Education Highlight: Watersheds & Water Management Curriculum

    Outdoor Education Highlight: Watersheds & Water Management Curriculum

    A few weeks ago, Katie – a science teacher from West Grand Middle school – brought her class up to KSS for an Outdoor Education field trip. She chose Watersheds & Water Management as their curriculum, and the class learned first-hand about water cycles, natural and renewable resources and conservation that paired with the in-class…

  • Girls in STEM: Snow & Avalanche Science Student Testimonial

    Girls in STEM: Snow & Avalanche Science Student Testimonial

    Girls in STEM: Snow & Avalanche Science was a success! Hear from one of our students about their thoughts on their experience in this video. Keystone Science School’s Girls in STEM: Snow and Avalanche Science focuses on addressing challenges experienced by women interested in pursuing STEM-specific education and careers. Participatibng girls learned about snow science…

  • Mission Moment: Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy

    Mission Moment: Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy

    Last week, Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy traveled all the way from Chicago to attend an Outdoor Education program at KSS. During the week, they learned about snow & avalanche science and were able to experience a lot of things that they had never done before. Thank you, Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy, for a fantastic week! We hope…

  • Mission Moment: West Grand Middle School

    Mission Moment: West Grand Middle School

    West Grand Middle School attended an Outdoor Education Program at KSS a few weeks ago. This trip helped make the outdoors more accesible to some students who lacked this access beforehand. During their time here they learned about Watersheds & Water Management, participated in a town hall activity, and learned to cross-country ski! We are…

  • Leadership Framework 

    Leadership Framework 

    This is not a specific curriculum or lesson, but rather a framework with a foundation of 5 elements of leadership that can be applied to any program/age/activity. As students progress through camp, adventure, and school-based programs, they will become familiar with the 5 elements and have opportunities to grow within each. This framework is meant…

  • 2022 H2O Outdoors Final Report

    2022 H2O Outdoors Final Report

    H2O Outdoors is a 3-day program teaching high school students about the many uses of water and the policy which surrounds how Colorado’s water is managed. Throughout the program students learn about careers within water management, conduct field-based research, and visit several key locations in Summit County as they learn about the various stakeholders who…

  • 2022 Beyond the Classroom Final Report 

    2022 Beyond the Classroom Final Report 

    Beyond the Classroom 2022 was a sucess! We are happy to bring back this program since it was last held in 2019 before the pandemic. We had 15 teachers attend from 8 different schools and 3 different states. Beyond the Classroom provides teachers with all the tools necessary to facilitate a complete unit on environmental issues…

  • Backcountry Hygiene: What steps can you take to ensure good hygiene health while in the backcountry?

    Backcountry Hygiene: What steps can you take to ensure good hygiene health while in the backcountry?

    Keystone Science School spends a lot of time camping in the backcountry whether it’s part of an overnight and challenge hike with Discovery Camp, or each car camping or backcountry experience on a KSS Adventure. No matter the program, KSS takes hygiene very seriously. By understanding how to maintain your hygiene and limit illness, we can ensure…

  • Mission Moment: What’s it Like Seeing Snow for the First Time? 

    Mission Moment: What’s it Like Seeing Snow for the First Time? 

    Snow is spectacular. That’s one thing most folks seem able to agree on. But seeing it for the first time ever, that’s beyond special. At Keystone Science School, we are beyond humbled to introduce at least a handful of students from around the state and country to snow for the first time each school year.…

  • What Skills Do I Need to Start a Career in Outdoor Education

    Here is a helpful list of skills to gain when considering a career as an outdoor educator or summer wilderness instructor. Make sure you’re prepared when we begin the summer hiring process. OBTAIN A FIRST AID CERTIFICATION Applicants are required to have a valid CPR certification and either a Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder…

  • A Day in the Life of an Education Program

    Cookie mining is a game where students learn about the mining history of Colorado and the effect mining has on the natural landscape. That’s right we use cookies to teach about mining because were the Keystone Science School and we do things a little bit differently. We take the classroom outside and students learn in…

  • Meeting a Tree

    SMS Natural Resources Day Over the course of three days this fall, 280 sixth graders from Summit Middle School ventured beyond the walls of their downtown Frisco facility to Keystone Science School’s small woodsy campus across the reservoir.The early October mornings were crisp but quite sunny, and everyone enjoyed striking views of Buffalo Mountain and…

  • Overnight School Field Trip Challenges

    Keystone Science School loves teaching environmental and outdoor education programs. It is our goal to make sure that every student has the opportunity to experience a unique field-based science program. We understand that organizing an overnight field trip is never an easy task for a teacher, administrator, or parent volunteer. We also understand that sometimes…

  • Making History With Water

    On November 12th, Keystone Science School was scheduled to run our annual H2O Outdoors program, an exciting grant-funded program for High School students made possible through key partnerships with Denver Water, Aurora Water, and the Colorado River District. Students from around the state applied to the program and, once accepted, were invited to come to our campus free…

  • The Power of Silence

    Working at Keystone Science School has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Everyday I get to have amazing experiences with children in an outdoor setting. As magical as it is, it can be easy to get bogged down with the details and intricacies of each day. It can be almost impossible to…

  • How Basin Voyage Changed Me

    As part of our Basin Voyage Program, participants were asked to write a final reflection paper on what they learned on their journey through the Yampa River Basin. The following paper is reprinted here with permission from Andrew Cook, Basin Voyage 2014 participant. Throughout this trip our group was presented with a number of problems. These problems…

  • Changing Our Water Future

    Have you ever seen a group of kids more excited to be with their state representatives? This is the kind of academic exhilaration inspired by our newest policy-based program, Basin Voyage. This hybrid program crosses the academic rigor of Youth Policy Summit with the kind of fun and adventure that any KSS camper can experience on…

  • Community Connections that Change Lives

    This week marks the close of KSS School Programs for the 2013-2014 school year. It’s been a great one and we look forward to many more. For years Keystone Science School has enjoyed a productive and mutually enriching relationship with Summit County School District through KSS’s unique School Programs. These local, grant-funded programs bring supplemental and…

  • Discovering Snow Science

    As part of our Community Programs at KSS we frequently collaborate with Girl Scouts of Colorado to offer weekend environmental camps. This letter came to Girl Scouts this spring from a chaperone parent who attended the Wonders of Winter: Snow Science and STEM camp in March with her daughter’s troop. We feel so lucky to have the…

  • What a Difference a Dollar Makes

    We work hard to create memorable experiences for our students. It is a collaborative effort from not only our staff but also our funders. The letter below is a passionate declaration from classroom teacher Jaime Baker of Welby Montessori, to a funder who provided a Schoolership that allowed her students to experience a KSS School Program. I…