Bouldering, hikes, and a “solo”
The Kindergarten’s spring overnight camping trip to Western Colorado is a landmark expedition, marking the first of many desert adventures. Students practice team-building along with camping skills. They explore the geology of the area, learning about flora and fauna, constellations, and more. All outdoor ed trips foster development of the school’s five core values: character, respect, responsibility, community, and perseverance.
A stop at a playground near Grand Junction is always a favorite feature of the spring Kindergarten outdoor education overnight.
The children go hiking and bouldering at Colorado National Monument. We spend the first day setting up our campsite and going for a hike. Upon our return, we have games and learning activities, dinner, and a sunset hike. After a campfire with s’mores, it’s time for bed; the children sleep in tents or, weather permitting, under the stars. In the morning, after a hearty breakfast, we pack up and have more activities, visiting the Dinosaur Museum in Fruita before lunch. We are back on campus for the end of the school day.
All Outdoor Education expeditions are tech-free. “Radio silence” and a chance to unplug are important for children to experience. Photos from the trips are posted shortly after return for parents and children to share.
Sample packing list
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.