Snow Day

It was a Thursday and it was a whiteout – one of the first major snowfalls of the season. Big, fat flakes fell heavy and thick and I thought for sure the School Programs instructors would cancel the hike planned for the day. Silly me. We layered up, packed our lunches, filled our water bottles and piled into vans. My group headed to Montezuma to hike the road leading up to Saints John. The snow was already 10 inches deep and still falling as we parked and began our 3 mile hike with close to 1,000ft of elevation gain. The students stopped every so often to slide down hills or flop down to make snow angels. At lunch we jumped up and down, ran around, and played games to keep warm as the snow piled up on our shoulders and soaked into our sandwiches.

3.11.14 SP field dayWe stopped at overlooks and old mines with the rocky peaks towering above us for lessons in geomorphology – the kids were learning about plate tectonics, rock layers, and other earth science principles. Our fearless school programs instructor, Rachel Zacher, kept the students engaged by making the lessons fun and inclusive. She had a practically magical way of dispelling whining by empowering rather than chastising the kids. She showed them that they had all the tools and skills they needed to take care of themselves and to my amazement they all rose to the challenge.

By the end of the hike I’d relearned a lot about the planet I call home, made some friends, and realized how amazing KSS really is. More than anything I came home that day with a buzz and excitement, not just about my job, but about life in general. I had that satisfying exhaustion that comes from trudging through deep snow for hours. I’d spent a day outside laughing and running and playing and focusing on how beautiful these mountains can be blanketed in fresh snow.

Looking forward to the year ahead

Campaign for KSS donors 3.4.14As I drove into work today I reflected on the fact that it is already March – how did that happen so quickly? It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in 2014 and now there is already talk of Spring and all the fun we have planned for this summer. March is a significant month for KSS, it marks our one year anniversary. Exactly a year ago Keystone Science School officially became an independent non-profit organization. I look back on the last year and feel relieved and excited. At times it seemed like we couldn’t keep up with all of the changes and extra workload of becoming independent, but now with hindsight, I look back with gratitude for all the support we received. Thanks to all the hard work that was put in by staff, volunteers, donors, and the community as a whole, KSS is stronger than ever. I look forward to the year ahead with excitement and a new found strength.

Be sure to mark your calendars with all the fun events we have coming planned in 2014!

What is Keystone Science School?

2.25.14 Follow MeKeystone Science School is so much more than meets the eye. It is more than 38 years of quality programming, more than 23 acres of campus surrounded by beautiful mountain views. KSS is an organization made up of amazing individuals – staff who are passionate about the work they do each day, a Board of Directors who understand and invest in the mission and vision, volunteers who go above and beyond what they’re called to do, generous donors who make it possible for us to continue our mission, and the kids who fill our campus with learning and laughter every day.

These are the people who embody our core values to change lives and foster open, honest relationships. To strive for excellence and find joy in teaching and learning. To ask questions and seek solutions, and to hold ourselves accountable for our actions and impact.

KSS changes lives through these relationships and people. We invite you to “Follow Me” as we take you out in the field with students, adventuring to the tops of mountains, traveling the country educating teachers, and frolicking around right here in Keystone.

Check in each Tuesday and join us for a new adventure!

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