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Outdoor Education Curriculum Themes

We collaborate with teachers to customize each program based on goals for their students. Each of our programs contain elements of environmental science, social-emotional learning, community building, and outdoor experience. Each small group will go out on a separate trail for their field day, where they will engage with the curriculum in an outdoor classroom.

In the spring and fall, students will hike on the trails. In the winter, teachers can choose to cross-country ski or snowshoe with their students. For every program, KSS provides the necessary equipment for the designated adventure. KSS instructors will provide students with the tools and extra gear they need to take care of themselves while spending time outdoors.

 

Core Competencies

 

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Environmental Science

Students will study standards-based environmental science topics through engaging place-based activities that cannot be facilitated in a traditional classroom.

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Outdoor Experience

Students will discover and become comfortable in the natural environment around them through games, guided exploration, and self-reflection with the goal of fostering a greater appreciation for the natural world.

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Social-Emotional Learning & Community Building

Students will learn about themselves and their peers through social-emotional learning and community-building activities.

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Teaching Styles

 

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    Exploration

    Students explore the curriculum theme through sensory-based activities, engaging games, and inquiry-based learning.

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    Environmental Issue

    Students study the curriculum theme through the lens of a stakeholder. Acting as their stakeholder, students discuss the issues and come together at the end of the program for a "Town Hall Meeting" to open a dialogue, collaborate, and offer solutions. This program teaches students to collaborate as opposed to compete in order to solve a challenging environmental issue facing their community.


Environmental Science Curriculum Themes

 

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    Aquatic Ecology - (Life Science)
    Only Available Spring & Fall

    Students will perform a stream survey and explore aquatic macroinvertebrates, stream health, and the interconnectedness of aquatic ecosystems in Colorado.

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    Forest Ecology - (Life Science)
    Available Year-Round

    Students will explore Colorado wildlife and plant ecology, adaptations, tracks and signs, and how the components of an ecosystem are interconnected.

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    Watersheds & Water Management - (Earth Science)
    Available Year-Round

    Students will explore how water collects into watersheds and how humans manage and conserve water resources in Colorado.

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    Geology - (Earth Science)
    Only Available Spring & Fall

    Students will investigate Rocky Mountain rocks and minerals, weathering and erosion, transformation of mountain landforms, tectonic plates, and Colorado’s rich mining history.

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    Snowpack and Avalanches - (Physical Science)
    Only Available Late Winter *Snow Required

    Students will dig snow pits and observe mountainous terrain to explore how snowpack, weather, and terrain contribute to avalanches and how avalanches affect communities.

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  • Interested in an outdoor education field trips? Get in touch today!

    We’re always happy to help plan your next outdoor education experience to ensure that your students have the best overnight field trip of their lives! Should you have questions about any step of the process, or associated paperwork, please contact us.

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