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Mountain Weather and Cloud Class

YEP Courses meet Colorado Academic Standards

Interested in a field trip or experiential program for your students but not sure how it aligns with the content you are required to teach?

YEP's Academic Standard Course Guide outlines how each fun and engaging YEP course aligns with current Colorado Academic Standards.




Bouldering Bus

Colorado/Mountain Weather


Field Geology

Team Building

Science of Climbing

Winter Courses

Rock Climbing



Mountain Safety and Leave No Trace

Wilderness First Aid



Bouldering Bus

YEP’s Bouldering Bus serves as a mobile classroom that can bring bouldering to your school’s front door. Combine with our team building program to further encourage communication, trust, and challenge. Find out more on our Bouldering Bus page.


Colorado/Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather and Cloud ClassGain awareness of Colorado's variable weather through observation, investigation and safety. Each of the following topics can be included and will run 30-60 minutes each depending on student age and background.

Lightning Create lightning sparks using a Van de Graaff generator and understand how they are created/occur in nature. Furthermore, learn where to go during thunderstorm, and safest outdoor areas in mountain environment.

Mountain Barriers Learn how Colorado’s topography and geographical location plays a role in the weather.

Clouds - Make a cloud guide, learning what the three main cloud type looks like and what sorts of weather they indicate.

Field Weather Measure the current weather outside and make predictions of what weather is on its way.



Go on a hike in your own backyard at sites such as Mt. Falcon. Learn the basics needed to hike safely in the mountains from the necessary gear to how to be a good steward of these natural areas. Programs also includes explorations of the local flora and fauna of the area. 



Mountain Weather and Cloud ClassField Geology - 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 North Table Mountain or other local field sites. Curriculum will focus on applying knowledge of rock types and the rock cycle to field observations in order to best craft a geologic history of North Table Mountain. Additional hands-on activities may include topographic map reading and an overview of Denver's geologic timeline.


Team Building Workshops 

Build cohesion among your students or group through engaging initiatives that encourage communication, trust, and challenge. Our staff will facilitate a series of progressive activities through which students can strengthen relationships and build skills. Excellent fit for beginning or end of year program - or anytime you want to build your students' ability to work together! This course can be combined with other courses such as Indoor Rock Climbing or Slacklining for additional challenge.


Science of Climbing

Bring science concepts to life through hands-on experiments and rock climbing. Teachers choose a science focus (physics, geology, or biology) and then try-out climbing on our bouldering bus or our indoor climbing wall at the American Mountaineering Center.

Physics: Explore the concepts of friction, force, and motion through an interactive physics lesson exploring the interaction between different shoe and rock types.

Geology: Discover what rock types are good for climbing. Review the rocky cycle as well as learn about different climbing areas and rock types throughout the state.

Biology: Learn about animals that climb and their adaptations which help them to survive in the Rocky Mountains.


Winter Courses

Winter Courses and Snow ScienceLearn about avalanche safety and snow science on snow shoes at a local field site or from the warmth of a classroom. In the classroom students will use models and a bit of imaginations to create different snow conditions. Or examine current conditions while snowshoeing out in the field. Those wanting to dive deep into the curriculum are encouraged to combine a day of classroom sessions with a day in the field.

Avalanche Safety: Gain awareness of the powerful destructive forces of avalanches through hands-on activities. Students will practice using avalanche rescue equipment including beacons, shovels, and probes to work together with their team to conduct a mock rescue in the snow. Classes encourage teamwork and decision-making among participants.

Winter Courses and Snow Science

Snow Science: Recognize the characteristics and properties of snow that scientists use for avalanche predictions. Students will learn about the environmental factors that influence snow crystal development and the stability of Colorado's snow pack through hands-on activities. Students will assess terrain, build or examine snow packs, measure slope angle, and simulate avalanches through hands-on activities in the field or classroom.

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.


Rock Climbing

Indoor Options:Mountain Weather and Cloud Class

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.

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.

Outdoors: Climb outside at a variety of field sites throughout the Front Range. Spend a half day to a full week honing your skills. For those new to climbing, it is encouraged to do a clinic inside before climbing outdoors. Longer courses can include instructions on more advanced skills such as lead climbing.



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. Course can take place at the American Mountaineering Center or a local open space or park.


Mountain Weather and Cloud ClassSlacklining: 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.


Additional Offerings

Available to Partner Schools as well as other schools on a limited basis.


Mountain Safety and Leave No Trace

Preparing for a trip to the mountains is part of the adventure! Students will learn about essential clothing and equipment and how to practice Leave No Trace. Additional class topics may focus on wildlife encounters, map reading, and decision-making skills for survival situation. Activity focus can be catered to groups' interest.


Wilderness First Aid

This course teaches students the basics of caring for someone far from definitive care (i.e., in the wilderness) in an experiential and engaging way. Emphasis is placed on prevention as well as treatment of common injuries and illnesses that may present in the backcountry. Students will learn to recognize signs and symptoms, and have a chance to diagnose and treat each others ‘in the field.’

Especially recommended for scout troops and other organized groups prior to major expeditions.

Course topics include:

  • Wilderness v/s Urban Medicine
  • Patient Assessment SystemCommon Wilderness Medical Problems  (Blisters, Burns, Sprains, Bites, Stings, etc.)
  • First Aid Kits
  • Environmental & Medical Injuries (Shock, Heat Illness, Cold Illness, Altitude Illness, Lightning Injuries, Anaphylaxis, Diabetes, Gastro urinary Issues)
  • Traumatic Injuries (Head & Spinal injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries, Slings & Splints)
  • Emergency Procedures and Group Management
  • (Does not include CPR certification)

Age: 4th- 12th grade
Class length: 8-16 hour format (taught over 2 days) earns participants a course completion card through the Emergency Care & Safety Institute.
Fee: $60 per student – PLUS book fee (If book is desired – optional)
Location: American Mountaineering Center and local park 


Questions? Contact our School and Groups Program Manager Elsie Thomson.