Third Grade Spring - Aspen Country Day School

Climbing in the desert

Third Graders head to Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction for their spring Outdoor Ed experience. Building on skills introduced in the fall trip to Rifle Falls State Park, students go rock climbing and rappelling with professional guides in Lower Monument Canyon. During this trip, they will learn crag safety and etiquette, how to properly use the climbing equipment, the mechanics of belaying, and basic techniques for climbing and lowering. Back in camp, students all help to set up their tents and the group kitchen. In addition to these hard skills, Third Graders also develop their “soft skills” in team-building and cooperation, bringing these important lessons back to the classroom after each trip. 

Aspen Country Day School Outdoor Ed trips are tech-free — no personal electronics allowed. “Radio silence” and a chance to unplug are important aspects of the Outdoor Ed experience. Photos from the trips are posted shortly after return for parents and children to share.

Complete instructions, final packing lists, and staffing details 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.