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Courses in the Field

Use the great outdoors as your classroom for any of the following classes:


Avalanche Science Field Day

Experience the mountains in the snow! Students will assess terrain and snow pack through hands-on application of the skills learning during the indoor Avalanche Science class. Dig a snow pit, examine snow crystals, and work together with your team to conduct a mock rescue in the snow. Avalanche Science 2-hour course at AMC is strongly recommended prior to taking a field course.

 

Age: 5th-12th grade
Class length: 4-5 hours
Fee: $12/person
Location: Outdoor field site TBD based on snowpack


Snowshoeing Field Day

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. End the day with some well-earned hot chocolate.


Age: 3rd-12th grade
Class length: 4-5 hours

Fee: $12/person
Location: Outdoor field site TBD based on snowpack


Colorado Landscapes: From Mesas to Mountains

Learn about Colorado's unique landforms while hiking up South Table Mountain or another local outdoor location. Class topics focus on Colorado's geology, topographic map reading, and natural resources. Hands-on activities encourage Leave No Trace and observation.

Age: 3rd-8th grade
Class length: 3-4 hours
Fee: $12/person

Location: Outdoors at the AMC and South Table Mountain in Golden


The Science of Climbing Outdoors

Physics, Geology, or Biology bring the concepts of friction, force, and motion to life; discover what rock types are good for climbing; or learn about adaptations needed to survive in the Rocky Mountains while learning to climb outdoors. Teachers choose science focus (physics, geology, or biology).

 

Age: 4th-5th grade - Life Science
5th-8th grade - Geology
7th - 10th grade - Physics
Class length: 4 hours
Fee: $30/person (minimum of 10)
Location: Local open space or Colorado State Park


Beginning Rock Climbing Skills

Further top-rope climbing instruction for participants wanting to build technical skills. Participants will learn to tie knots, belay, back-up belay, and strengthen technique in small groups. Instruction may also include rappeling. Equipment use and demonstration included in cost. Class can be custom designed to meet Boy Scout Climbing Badge and Girl Scout High Adventure Badge requirements.
 
Age: 5th- 12th grade
Class length: 4 hours
Fee: $30/person (minimum of 10)
Location: Local open space or Colorado State Park




Physiology with an Altitude Field Day

Explore the effects of mountains and cold weather on our bodies. Activities include variables in activity level, environmental conditions, clothing, hydration level, and atmospheric pressure. Experiments are conducted at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden and in the mountains.

Age: 4th-12th grade
Class length: 4-5 hours

Fee: $12/person
Location: Golden Gate Canyon State Park or nearby mountain site


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.

Age: 4th-12th grade
Class length: 3 hour

Fee: $12/person; Group is responsible for paying park entry fee

Location: Local open space or Bear Creek Lake Park in Morrison


Colorado Weather: From the Mountains to the Plains

Gain awareness of Colorado's variable weather through observation, investigation and safety. Learn how cloud types, wind and topography provide clues about weather, and experiment with static electricity using a Van de Graff generator.

Age: 2nd-8th grade
Class length: 2-3 hours

Fee: $12/person; Group is responsible for paying park entry fee

Location: Bear Creek Lake Park in Morrison

Watershed Science

Discover how Colorado's mountains are a source of water for the Front Range through hands-on activities. Students will map their watershed, inventory water users, and recognize how land use affects water quality. Class includes water quality experiments along Clear Creek.
 
Age: 3rd- 7th grade
Class length: 2 hours
Fee: $5/person; 1 chaperone per 15 students may attend for free
Location: American Mountaineering Center and Clear Creek trail