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KSS is running Outdoor Education programs during the 2021-2022 school year while adhering to COVID-19 health and safety standards. Please contact us at (970)468-2098 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions and to book your field trip today!

Outdoor Education and Environmental Science Field Trips for Schools

Keystone Science School is proud to provide schools with unique overnight field trips that combine Science, Adventure, and Fun! Each outdoor education and environmental education program we create is tailored to the goals of each participating school. Our programs are not just field trips but an extension of your classroom. Located in a high mountain environment outside Denver, our classroom is the forest, streams, and alpine tundra where students can be outside and adventuring through the mountains for a classroom-changing experience.

Dorm-Based Overnight Programs

Our dorm-based programs are the flagship program of Keystone Science School where each teacher designs the overnight field trip of their choosing. The KSS campus is the most popular of our dorm-based locations but teachers can also choose from a few locations based on their school size and desired location of their program. With each dorm location, students will experience the comforts of home including comfortable dorm style sleeping accommodations, hot showers, and meals served within an indoor dining hall.

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KSS is an experience that cannot be brought into a traditional classroom. This is an opportunity for students to be out up close and personal in nature. Connecting what's learned in the classroom to the real world deepens and enriches the curriculum.

Lowry Elementary

Camping-Based Overnight Programs

Our camping-based field trips are the same great outdoor and environmental education programs as our typical cabin-based overnight programs except students sleep in tents rather than in our dorms. As a teacher, you are able to choose not only the curriculum for your program but also the location. Each location is awe inspiring whether it is United States National Park or Colorado State Park. You can choose the location based on the available curriculum theme, desired adventure activity, or proximity to your school/Denver International Airport.

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KSS provides a forum for students to truly learn experientially. Many of my students said they wished every day could be like it is at KSS, and I do too. The stewardship combined with experiential ed is transformational!

Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen

Day Programs for Schools

Day programs include the same great experience as our overnight outdoor education programs but as a single day field trip. Our day programs can be offered on our campus or at a location closer to your school. Typical programs go from 9am-3pm. We can adjust times according to your program goals and logistical needs whether due to length of day or bussing requirements. The curriculum for each program can align with our traditional academic themes and adventure activities.

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The combination of learning, class- and team-building activities, outdoor adventure, and down-time in the dorm and on the playing fields was an extremely positive, even transformative experience for our students. I've heard them saying this has been their best school-related experience to date.

Polaris Elementary

Teaching Themes

Keystone Science School is best known for our programs and instructional offerings. Each program is custom designed to meet the goals of school whether those goals are academic, adventure, personal growth, or community minded. The one constant of all programs is the outdoors and a focus on activities and experiences which can not be provided within a classroom.

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Interested in bringing your school group to KSS? 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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