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Backyard Benefit

for the Youth Education Program

Sunday, June 7, 2015 | 3 - 6pm



Swing by the American Mountaineering Center lawn for the Colorado Mountain Club's 3rd Annual Backyard Benefit for CMC's Youth Education Program! Join us on June 7th for an evening of snacks and treats, beverages, bluegrass music, lawn games, a silent auction and a great cause.

Remind yourself what being a barefoot and carefree kid is all about as you munch on bbq, play lawn games and dance like no one is watching. Or just sit back, put your feet up, and listen to some good music with good people. Enjoy a cold beer from Odell Brewery or a Runa iced tea. The best part is, you'll be raising money for underprivileged youth in your community.  So grab your picnic blanket and lawn chair and get ready to relax on a summer night filled with food, friends and fun and help us to raise money to give more kids than ever before the opportunity to learn and explore all Colorado has to offer!


Can't attend the Backyard Benefit? We will miss you, but you can still support youth in the community.

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About YEP...

Confidence, courage, academic achievement, mountain safety, and responsible recreation—that’s what CMC’s Youth Education Program is all about. In 2012, the CMC’s Youth Education Program (YEP) provided opportunities for 7,418 to experience the natural world through active learning adventures – essential opportunities to help combat childhood obesity and prevent “nature deficit disorder.” Imagine learning about Colorado’s geology while rock climbing, taking a math class to measure slope angles and avalanche danger, or learning about human physiology and the effects of altitude during a snowshoe hike. CMC’s unique program connects math and science with the school curriculum for elementary, middle, and high school students. Students with special needs or from disadvantaged backgrounds also benefitted from the personal challenge and inter-relationship skills they developed on mountain adventures. In 2012, the CMC awarded a total of $22,641 in need-based scholarships to 2,688 youth. 

Through YEP, we “bring the mountains” to students with activities and field trips that teach mountain weather, avalanche science, physics of rock climbing, altitude physiology, conservation, and a variety of other academic topics, in addition to youth development. Our innovative program has helped provide leadership development and academic opportunities for more than 70,000 youth from Colorado since its inception in 1999. Many of these students would otherwise not have had access to mountain topics or outdoor recreation experiences.