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Field Trips to the AMC

Field Trips and Classes for Schools & Groups


All field trips and outreach classes are correlated to the Colorado Department of Education Model Content Standards or can be customized to meet Scout Badge requirements.

Capturing the Climb: A Historical and Geographical Look at How and Why People Climb Mountains

Tour the American Mountaineering Museum to learn about the pioneers of mountaineering throughout the world. Students will recognize how people climb through interactive stations and classroom activities. Activities may include: physical preparation for an expedition, topographic map reading and navigation, equipment from the 1920's to today, and more! Indoor rock climbing may be added on if time allows.

Age: 5th-12th grade
Class length: 2.5 hours (4 hours recommended if climbing is added)
Fee: $6/person; 1 chaperone per 15 students may attend free; $15/person if climbing is added
Location: American Mountaineering Center and Bradford Washburn Mountaineering Museum

Tomorrow's Mountains: Climate, Culture and Conservation in High Place

Recognize the effects of climate change on mountain environments. Through hands-on activities and a museum tour, students will learn about global climates and the importance of glaciers. This class encourages small group interaction and decision-making, as students make observations and discuss solutions.

Age: 5th-10th grade
Class length: 2-3 hours
Fee: $6/person; 1 chaperone per 15 students may attend free
Location: American Mountaineering Center and Bradford Washburn Mountaineering Museum


Avalanche Science

Gain awareness of the powerful destructive forces of avalanches through hands-on activities. Students will simulate avalanches, measure slope angles, build snow packs and practice using rescue equipment. Classes encourage teamwork and decision-making among participants.* Additional 4 hour field class may be arranged at a nearby open space or mountain site.

Age: 4th-12th grade
Class length: 1-3 hours
Fee: $4-6/person; 1 chaperone per 15 students may attend free
Location: American Mountaineering Center

The Science of Climbing 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 through hands-on experiments and rock climbing. Teachers choose a science focus (physics, geology, or biology) and then try-out rock climbing on our indoor climbing wall. See curriculum outline. * Outdoor climbing and additional skills instruction can be custom designed for your group.

Age: 4th-5th grade - Life Science; 6th-8th grade - Geology; 7th - 10th Physics
Class length: 3 hours
Fee: $15/person; 1 chaperone per 15 students may attend free
Location: American Mountaineering Center and Bradford Washburn Mountaineering Museum


Introduction to Rock Climbing

Build cohesion among your students through engaging games encouraging communication, trust, and challenge. CMC staff will provide the
safety while youth focus on body mechanics and personal challenge of indoor climbing. Equipment use and demonstration included. * Outdoor climbing and additional skills instruction can be custom designed for your group.

Age: K- 12th grade
Class length: 3 hours
Fee: $15/person on the AMC climbing wall; 1 chaperone per 15 students may attend free; * $30/person outdoor climbing
Location: American Mountaineering Center or outdoor location

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 rappelling. 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. * Outdoor climbing can be custom designed for your group.

Age: 7th- 12th grade
Class length: 2-3 hours
Fee: $15/person on the AMC wall; 1 chaperone per 15 students may attend free; * $30/person outdoor climbing
Location: American Mountaineering Center or outdoor location




Physiology with an Altitude

Discover how altitude affects the body through hands-on experiments. Students will learn about air pressure and exercise physiology while finding out about altitude illnesses and how to avoid them. Additional 4 hour field class may be arranged in Golden Gate Canyon State Park or nearby mountain site.

Age: 5th-12th grade
Class length: 1-3 hours
Fee: $4-6/person at the AMC; 1 chaperone per 15 students attend free. $12/person in the field
Location: American Mountaineering Center and Bradford Washburn Mountaineering Museum



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: 2-3 hours
Fee: $5-6/person at the AMC, $12/person in the field; 1 chaperone per 15 students may attend free
Location: American Mountaineering Center


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 lightning using a Van de Graff generator.

Age: 2nd-8th grade
Class length: 2-3 hours
Fee: $5-6/person; 1 chaperone per 15 students may attend free
Location: American Mountaineering Center

Colorado Landscapes: From Mesas to Mountains

Bring earth science and geography to life through an experiential, outdoor field trip. Participants will learn about Colorado's unique topography, geology and natural history while hiking up South Table Mountain or other local field sites. Additional hands-on activities may include ecology observation games, topographic map reading, rock identification and an overview of Denver's geologic timeline.

Age: 3rd- 8th grade
Class length: 3 - 4 hours
Fee: $12/person; 1 chaperone per 15 students may attend for free
Location: American Mountaineering Center, and outdoors

Conserve Our Mountains, Conserve Our Neighborhoods

Recognize human impacts on the environment and develop an appreciation for living things through a variety of observation and Leave No Trace activities along the Clear Creek Trail in Golden. Activities vary for grade levels. Activity topics may include raw materials, trash decomposition, and wildlife habitat.

Age: 2nd- 5th grade
Class length: 2 hours
Fee: $5/person; 1 chaperone per 15 students may attend for free
Location: American Mountaineering Center and outdoor locations


Mountain Safety

Learn the 10 essentials, and the required skills and equipment needed for your next outdoor adventure! Hands-on classroom and outdoor activities may include: map and compass, wildlife safety, weather, Leave No Trace, and first aid. Activity focus can be catered to groups' interest.

Age: K- 12th grade
Class length: 2-3 hours
Fee: $5-6/person; 1 chaperone per 15 students may attend for free
Location: American Mountaineering Center

Slacklining: Balance and Movement

Slacklining combines the individual challenge of walking a tightened rope with the group dynamics of spotting by teammates to create a safe physical challenge. Slacklining is a great cross trainer for any sport with the ability to increase reaction time through the connection between the mind and the body. In addition to slacklining, students will participate in other activities that test and improve physical balance and coordination. These activities meet the new Colorado State Standards.

Age: Program can be structured to include all classes and grades in a school.
Class length: 1- 2 hours
Fee: $4-5/person. 1 chaperone per 15 students may attend free
Location: American Mountaineering Center




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