Exploring the Castle Creek Valley
For their fall expedition, the First Graders hike in to a local Tenth Mountain Trail Association hut for a night. The following day, students are led on a hike along Castle Creek to the ghost town of Ashcroft. On this trip, they learn to play safely in the outdoors, to dress comfortably and appropriately given the environment, experience the importance of teamwork, and get to know local plants and animals through stories, exploration, and games.
Complete instructions and staffing lists arrive via ParentSquare shortly before each trip. At least one certified Wilderness First Responder accompanies every expedition. NOLS Risk Services of the National Outdoor Leadership School has recently completed a comprehensive analysis of policies and procedures for the Outdoor Education program at Aspen Country Day School. This program operates under special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, White River National Forest.