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Mission Statement

To develop ecological stewards through education and adventure.Your content here…

Catamount Institute is dedicated to developing ecological stewardship through education and adventure by connecting kids with nature through meaningful outdoor experiences. What’s more, children learn that they have the powerful ability to protect and nurture the natural world.

Our History

1997

Catamount Institute was born as a private foundation in 1997 when Colorado College professors Julie Francis and Howard Drossman purchased 177 acres of the old YMCA Catamount Ranch on the north slope of Pikes Peak near Woodland Park and created a mountain campus dedicated to ecological stewardship, research, education, and leadership.

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2002

Catamount Institute received the Colorado Environmental Education Best New Program Award for its Young Environmental Stewards Club (YES Club).

2006

Catamount Institute became a public charity nonprofit corporation, while the mountain campus continued to operate as a private foundation under the new name of Catamount Center.

2009

Catamount Institute starts a business program called the Pikes Peak Sustainable Business Network to promote the triple bottom line, People-Planet-Profit, while continuing to expand its award-winning youth education programs.

2012

Catamount Institute benefited for the second year from the Veda Salon and Spa Earth Month Greenie Awards and Fashion Show. The show features dresses created from recycled materials.

Today

We serve over seven thousand youth and adults each year at schools, parks, camps, and business locations all over the Pikes Peak region. We use innovative research, current events, and lessons (consistent with Colorado Department of Education Science Standards) to fulfill our mission, and encourage people to think about their relationship to the environment.

 

2001

Seeing the need for environmental education in the more urban areas of the region, Catamount Institute moved part of the operations into a shared office in downtown Colorado Springs with The Nature Conservancy.

 

2004

Catamount Institute moved to its current location at the Beidleman Environmental Center in the 100 acres Sondermann Park. Catamount Institute received the El Pomar Award for Excellence the same year.

2008

Catamount Institute moved to its current location at the Beidleman Environmental Center in the 100 acres Sondermann Park. Catamount Institute received the El Pomar Award for Excellence the same year.

2011

Catamount Institute wins the Palmer Land Trust Stewardship Award for its youth education programs to include field trips, camps, and after-school clubs.

2014

Catamount Institute and the Woodland Park School district start an Elementary wide outdoor school program. All elementary school students K-5 in the Woodland Park School District receive 5-12 hours of outdoor science classes as part of their school year.

 

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Catamount Institute
740 West Caramillo St.
Colo Spgs, CO 80907
Phone: (719) 471-0910
Fax: (719) 471-0910
Website: www.catamountinstitute.org
Email: info@catamountinstitute.org