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.

The valley has many meadows and trails for children to explore.

Packing list

In one bag large enough to allow your child to close the duffel and stuff their own sleeping bag. Please label all items and pack the bag with your child so she will be able to identify all the equipment inside.

  • sleeping bag with stuff sack
  • change of clothes
  • warm jacket (ski coat or down puffy)
  • warm hat
  • winter gloves
  • long pants
  • stuffed animal/favorite blanket
  • toothbrush & travel-sized toothpaste
  • extra face mask
  • headlamp or small flashlight
  • one (of two) lunches
  • one (of two) snacks

In a small backpack for day hiking

  • another (of two) lunches
  • another (of two) snacks
  • wide-mouthed water bottle (plastic, Nalgene-style, filled)
  • rain jacket
  • fleece or light coat
  • hat with visor
  • sunglasses
  • extra face mask
  • small tube of hand sanitizer

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.