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Outdoor Education at Our School and in the World

Flagstaff Academy believes that our students learn more when they are aware of their environment and surroundings, both at our school, with our unique Geodesic Greenhouse Classroom and teaching garden, as well as with our many offsite outdoor education opportunities.
 
Many of our staff have expertise as avid outdoor enthusiasts, expeditionary guides, and instructors. Outdoor education provides amazing opportunities for scientific exploration, confidence-building, and cultural bonding. Flagstaff Academy offers outdoor education opportunities through our partnership with Colorado State University, the Colorado Mountain Club for hiking, slacklining, and rock climbing field trips and experiences.

Middle School Trip to Colorado State University Mountain Campus at Pingree Park and Sky Ranch

Each year, our Middle School students take an annual trip to Pingree Park, Colorado State University's field station and Sky Ranch. Students learn the principles of field ecology, stream ecology, astronomy, wilderness hiking and survival (including Leave No Trace principles) and engage in confidence building activities on Pingree Park's rope course. The trip is taken in mid-September when the Colorado mountains are peaking with fall colors and seasonal change. Not only does this annual trip serve as an amazing educational experience, rich in science and exploration, but the experience is valuable in building a cohesive school culture early in the school year.

 

5th Grade Outdoor Education

Our 5th Grade class takes an overnight trip in the fall - they hike, participate in team building and field observation, and explore their natural environment. Locations for 5th Grade trips have included Cal-Wood Educational camp, YMCA of the Rockies-Estes Park, and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. 

3rd Grade Barr Lake State Park with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

Our 3rd Grade class studies animal classification, research, and conservation which aligns with Flagstaff Academy's Core Knowledge Sequence for this grade level. The grade takes an annual day trip to Barr Lake State Park with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies to build on the students' prior knowledge as they interact with a wildlife biologist and birds at the research stati