Colorado Mountain Club 39.7582° N -105.225° W

Description

The Colorado Mountain Club, based in Golden, was organized in 1912 and is dedicated to uniting adventure, education, and preservation of Colorado's mountains. The Youth Education Program (YEP) of the CMC provides hands-on experiences in the classroom and outdoors for over 7,000 Colorado youth from diverse backgrounds every year. By providing opportunities for active learning through experiential and adventure education, YEP ignites a connection to the outdoors for Colorado youth. Furthermore, YEP connects Colorado Academic Standards with the mountains, providing a unique avenue for improving academic skills. Programs take place at your school, the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, or a local open space or park. Many program options can be combined to create a unique day-long program.


Lunch Notes

AT THE AMERICAN MOUNTAINEERING CENTER: You may eat lunch in our conference rooms. Please help us protect our carpets and refrain from bringing any drinks other than water. If the weather is nice, you also have the option of eating outdoors in Parfet Park across the street from our building.

ON OUTDOOR FIELD PROGRAMS: We will eat lunch out of the trail. Please make sure each student has a packed lunch and is carrying it with them in a personal backpack.

Bathroom Notes

AT THE AMERICAN MOUNTAINEERING CENTER: We have Men's and Women's bathrooms on each floor of the building. The main bathrooms your students will use have 5 stalls each.

ON OUTDOOR FIELD PROGRAMS: Outdoor restrooms vary in their availability, from flush toilets and pit latrines, to using the privacy of a bush when away from modern conveniences at climbing sites. Many of our common field sites have at minimum a pit toilet at the trailhead. In the case students must use the bathroom away from a facility, instructors are fully trained in outdoor ethics and will help students maintain health and hygiene.

Info

710 10th Street
Golden, CO 80401

303-996-2745

registration@cmc.org

Subjects
Science, Ecosystems, Life Sciences, Animals, Adaptation, Weather And Climate, Climate, Conservation, Leadership, Team Building, Geology, Botany, Ropes Course, Math, History, Social Studies, Cultural Connections, Other, Counting, Measurement & Data, Geography, The Water Cycle, The Scientific Method, Earth's Systems, Physics, Biology
Activities
Field Trip, School Based Program, School Partnership, Internship, Professional Development
Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, K, 1, 2, Postsecondary, Adult
Cost
Scholarships Available, Reduced Price For Title 1 Schools
Accommodations
Esl, Outdoor Lunch Space, Cafeteria

Learning Experiences

Field Trip

Indoor Rock Climbing

Try top-rope climbing on our indoor wall at the American Mountaineering Center. Students over 11 years of age may also learn to belay depending on group size and length or programming. Climbing can be combined with a Science of Climbing class, slacklining, team building, or the Mountaineering Museum.

Subjects Covered

science, leadership, ropes course, team building

Grades
k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
60 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
120 min.

Outdoor Rock Climbing

Experience climbing adventures outside at a variety of field sites though the Front Range. Spend half a day outside honing your climbing skills, learning about Leave No Trace, and enjoying the outdoors!

*More advanced skilled-based classes (knots, belaying, techniques & rapelling) available upon request. Contact Schools & Groups Program Manager for more information!

Subjects Covered

science

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
12 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
150 min.

Slacklining

Test your balance on our slacklines! Slacklining combines the individual challenge of walking a tightened rope with the group dynamics of spotting by teammates to create a safe physical challenge. Slacklining is a great cross trainer for any sport with the ability to increase reaction time through the connection between the mind and the body. Can be accompanied with team building activities for a more well-rounded program. This program can be run at your school or at the American Mountaineering Center.

Subjects Covered

science, other, team building

Grades
k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
15 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
45 min.

American Mountaineering Museum

America's first and only museum dedicated to the heroism, technology, culture and spirit of mountaineering. From the storied history of the 10th Mountain Division to the daring first ascent of Mt. Everest, learn about Mountaineering's exciting history and meet larger-than-life figures and modern day heroes who have brought the challenge to where it is today.

This one-of-a-kind facility will allow visitors to live the ascent of the world's most inspiring mountains through educational displays, interactive exhibits, breathtaking photos and climbers' personal stories.

Jump a crevasse, hang out in a port-a-ledge and find your route up Mt. Everest!
Can be combined with rock climbing and team building for a full day exploring what it takes to climb a mountain.

To find out more:
http://www.americanmountaineeringcenter.org/museum.html

Subjects Covered

history, science, geology, social studies, cultural connections

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.

Hiking- Leadership/Team Building

Leadership/Team Building Hike- Build a sense of community while getting outside on a hike. Learn the 7 essentials of Leave No Trace and participate in group activities to become stewards of the land and build your leadership and teamwork skills. Available in the Fall (Aug-late Oct) and late Spring (end of April & May).

Subjects Covered

science, conservation, leadership, team building

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Capacity
60 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
180 min.

Hiking- Field Ecology

Get out on a hike in the mountains! Ecology Hike- Get out at a hike at Mt Falcon for gorgeous views of the mountains, learn basics of hiking safety, and learn about local flora and fauna. Available in the Fall and late Spring (last week of April & May).

Subjects Covered

science, ecosystems, animals, botany, conservation

Grades
k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Capacity
60 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
180 min.

Hiking- Field Geology

Bring earth science and geography to life through an experiential, outdoor field trip. Participants will learn about Colorado's unique topography, geology and natural history while hiking up North Table Mountain in Golden. Curriculum will focus on applying knowledge of rock types and the rock cycle to field observations in order to best craft a geologic history of North Table Mountain. Additional hands-on activities may include topographic map reading. Available in the Fall and late Spring (last week of April & May)

Subjects Covered

science, earth's systems, geology

Grades
3, 4, 5
Capacity
60 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
210 min.

Team Building

Teambuilding activities use a mountain expedition theme to develop group dynamics. Students will work together to complete a progression of games and challenges that promote communication, trust and positive personal growth. Teambuilding works best combined with other activities (see suggested pairings) Location at the American Mountaineering Center, a local open space or park, or at your school.

Subjects Covered

science

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
60 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.

Orienteering

Learn how to find you way with a topographic map and compass. Students will have an opportunity to hone their skills using paces to complete an orienteering course. Class activities may vary from simple compass skills to navigation or triangulation. Course can take place at the American Mountaineering Center, a local open space or park, or at your school.

Subjects Covered

math, counting, measurement & data, social studies, geography

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.

Geology of Climbing

Bring science concepts to life through hands-on experiments and rock climbing on our bouldering bus or our indoor climbing wall at the American Mountaineering Center. Discover what rock types are good for climbing. Review the rock cycle as well as learn about different climbing areas and rock types throughout the state. This program can be run at your school or at the American Mountaineering Center.

Subjects Covered

science, earth's systems, geology

Grades
3, 4, 5
Capacity
20 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
150 min.

Physics of Climbing

Bring science concepts to life through hands-on experiments and rock climbing on our bouldering bus or our indoor climbing wall at the American Mountaineering Center. Explore the concepts of friction, force, and motion through a hands-on physics experiment exploring the interaction between different shoe and rock types. This program can be run at your school or at the American Mountaineering Center.

To find out more:
https://www.cmc.org/Youth/SchoolsGroups/CourseDescriptions.aspx#Science%20of%20Climbing

Subjects Covered

science, physics, the scientific method

Grades
6, 7, 8
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
150 min.

Snowshoeing

Head out into the snow on a snowshoe excursion. Learn the basics of snowshoeing and tailor the educational content to meet your class’s needs. Focus on snow and avalanche science, or winter ecology and tracking.

Elementary- Recommended as a combination with a pre-trip indoor snow science program. Snowshoeing field day will focus on emphasizing what students previously learned about snow science, and discovering winter ecology.

Middle/High School- Avalanche Safety: Examine current conditions while snowshoeing out in the field. Gain awareness of the powerful destructive forces of avalanches through hands-on activities. Students will practice using avalanche rescue equipment including beacons, shovels, and probes to work together with their team to conduct a mock rescue in the snow. Classes encourage teamwork and decision-making among participants.

Subjects Covered

science, ecosystems, weather and climate, the water cycle, the scientific method, conservation

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
15 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
180 min.

Overnight Field Trip

Join us for an overnight field trip of hiking and/or rock climbing. Overnight camps will take place at Golden Gate State Park, or other locations if rock climbing. During these 2-4 night programs, students will explore nature through educational hikes, discover local flora/fauna, learn about mountain safety and Leave No Trace, and/or learn how to be adventurers and outdoor rock climbers!

Available for a limited time in the Fall or to Partner Schools upon request. Call or email for pricing and program options.

Subjects Covered

science, geology, botany, conservation, ropes course, team building

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
12 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
2000 min.

Choose your own adventure

Many of our programs can be selected a la cart style and combined in several unique ways to best serve your goals. For example, combine indoor rock climbing, team building, and the American Mountaineering Museum for a day-long program exploring what it takes to climb a mountain. Contact YEP to discuss your goals and design a unique field trip for your students. Programs can take place at your school, at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, or at a local open space or park.

Prices are based on the highest cost activity and number of students.

Subjects Covered

math, history, science, social studies

Grades
k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, postsecondary
Capacity
60 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
210 min.

School Based Program