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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

Mountain Safety & Leave No Trace

Winter Courses

Overnight Field Trips

Wilderness First Aid



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.




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.




Slacklining: Balance and Movement

Mountain Weather and Cloud Class

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.



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! Teambuilding works best combined with other activities such Indoor Rock Climbing, Bouldering Bus, or Slacklining for a more well-rounded program.





Get out on a hike in the mountains! Focuses include ecology, geology, or leadership/team building. Available in the Fall and late Spring (last week of April & May)

Mountain Weather and Cloud Class


Field Ecology: 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. 

Field Geology- Mountains to Mesas: 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. 

Leadership/Team Building Hike: Build a sense of community while getting outside on a hike. Learn the 7 essentials of Leave No Trace and participate in group activities to become stewards of the land and build your leadership and teamwork skills. 



Colorado Wildlife & Ecology

Learn about local Colorado plants and animals and how they all have specific adaptations to help them survive in their environment. Each of the following topics can be included and will run 30-60 minutes each depending on student age and background. Course can take place at the American Mountaineering Center, at your school, or a paired with a field ecology hike at a local open space. 

Mammals: Make observations about physical features of Colorado mammals and how these features help them adapt to their environment

Birds: Why do birds sing? Become familiar with local backyard birds and learn how birds communicate. 

Trees & Plants: Where can trees grow? Learn about local Colorado trees and their adaptations, and tools scientists use to identify trees.




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 Class



Colorado Mountain Weather

Gain 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 & Field Weather: Make a cloud guide, learn what the three main cloud type looks like and what sorts of weather they indicate. Measure and observe the current weather outside and make predictions of what weather is on its way.




Mountain Safety/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.




Science of Climbing

Bring science concepts to life through hands-on experiments and rock climbing. Teachers choose a science focus (physics or geology) 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 rock cycle as well as learn about different climbing areas and rock types throughout the state.




Winter Courses and Snow Science

Winter Courses

Learn about avalanche safety and snow science on snow shoes at a local field site or from the warmth of a classroom. Those wanting to dive deep into the curriculum are encouraged to combine a day of classroom sessions with a day in the field.

Indoor Snow Science: In the classroom, students will use models and a bit of imagination to create different snow condition what snowpack is, and that all snow is not the same. Students will learn about the environmental factors that influence snow crystal development and the stability of Colorado's snow pack through hands-on activities. Assess terrain, examine snow packs, measure slope angle, and simulate avalanches through hands-on activities in the 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.

* GEAR NOTES: YEP will provide snowshoes. Recommended gear: waterproof winter boots, waterproof/snow pants & jacket, warm layers (YEP can supplement these items if neccessary).  

Winter Courses and Snow Science

Elementary- Recommended as a combination with a pre-trip indoor snow science program. Snowshoeing field day will focus on emphasizing what students previously learned about snow science, and discovering winter ecology. 

Middle/High School- Avalanche Safety: Examine current conditions while snowshoeing out in the field. 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.



Additional Offerings

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


Overnight Field Trips

Join us for an overnight field trip of hiking and/or rock climbing. Overnight camps will take place at Golden Gate State Park, or other locations if rock climbing. During these 2-4 night programs, students will explore nature through educational hikes, discover local flora/fauna, learn about mountain safety and Leave No Trace, and/or learn how to be adventurers and outdoor rock climbers!  
Available for a limited time in the Fall (September 24-28 and October 1-5) or to Partner Schools upon request. Contact Kathy Nguyen for program options and pricing. 

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 Kathy Nguyen.