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Screens vs. Nature: Lack of Exposure to the Outdoors

Screens vs. Nature: Lack of Exposure to the Outdoors

Blog by: Sam Hinkle, Field Trip Coordinator This month, I was hoping to select a particularly fun field trip experience to share with you all. And we had some fun ones—building dams on Mesa Creek to generate hydropower, discovering a “honeypot” of mayflies near an old beaver

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YES Club Fly Fishing

YES Club Fly Fishing

Blog by: Lydia Ballantine – YES Club Program Coordinator It was a chilly fall morning up at the Catamount Center in Woodland Park, the sister organization to the Catamount Institute in Colorado Springs. Several people with fly fishing rods were set up down by the lower lake,

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Understand Nature through the Eyes of a Child

Understand Nature through the Eyes of a Child

During this Fall school semester, Catamount Institute’s Catamount Outdoor Schools program worked with District 11’s Adams Elementary 4th and 5th-grade students. This opportunity was offered in conjunction with the GOCO Generation Wild grant received as part of a coalition to serve residents in southeastern Colorado Springs.  The

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Rafting Adventure 2018

Rafting Adventure 2018

On our final week of camp this summer during, Wilderness Adventure Camp, we spent the last few days rafting down the Arkansas river! The first part of the week already was a week full of adventure where the campers slept in tents, had a chili cook-off, learned

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Reduce Waste with Bag Lunches – Guest Post

Reduce Waste with Bag Lunches – Guest Post

Guest post by Elizabeth Hudgens School is soon beginning, so let’s do some math! I have a family with three children who each pack their lunches four days per week. The average lunch contains a sandwich, a juice box, an applesauce in either a pouch or plastic

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YES Club Symposium December

YES Club Symposium December

On Saturday, December 9th, fourth and fifth-grade students from 13 different schools came together at Colorado College to present what they had learned about Wildfire Ecology during their semester in YES Club. Students and parents started the morning off with a presentation from a wildland firefighter and

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Snow Craft

Snow Craft

What do you do when there is a lack of snow?  Make your own snowflakes of course!   This science experiment teaches children about the chemical reaction of crystals.  Adult supervision is required. What you need: Borax Crystal Snowflake Materials String Wide mouth jar (pint) White pipe cleaners

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What YES Club members are saying

What YES Club members are saying

As the YES Club Coordinator, I sometimes get bogged down by all the details and behind-the-scenes prep that goes into YES Clubs. I worry that it puts too much stress on the teachers, and when I don’t see children for a while I begin to forget just

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Field Trip Update

Field Trip Update

When I joined the Catamount Institute in March, I had the pleasure of teaching through the busy field trip season of late spring before switching gears to our summer camp programs. Our former Field Trip Program Coordinator, (the fantastic) Austin Muir, was able to run programs with

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Students Study Local Wildfires

Students Study Local Wildfires

    Ten students piled into a Catamount Institute van after school in the chilly mist and headed over to the Flying W Ranch, chattering happily and eating their snacks. Flying W Ranch was a staple of the Colorado Springs community. Originally a working cattle ranch, in

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