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Field Trips

Field Trips at Catamount Institute

“Field trips are a great way to get students excited about learning” 5th grade teacher

Dive into the wonders of nature and science on a field trip led by Catamount Institute a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to developing ecological stewards through education and adventure. All our outdoor field trips include a factor of adventure while aligning with Colorado Department of Education Standards.

Whether you need advanced or introductory level trips, we can tailor our curriculum for you. K-12 students can experience everything from the five senses and bugs to water chemistry and fire ecology. Field trips are a fun and exciting way to get students into an outdoor classroom for hands-on discovery and exploration. Catamount Institute offers pre-designed field trips that are encouraging and inspiring to students. You also have the option of designing a field trip that is perfect for your students and compliments what you are already teaching in the classroom. This added feature allows flexibility for you to choose topics and times; mix and match to create a day your student won’t forget!

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Use the tabs above to find a field trip that is the best fit for your grade and what you are teaching. Each trip is matched up to the grade level’s standards. Partner with Catamount Institute to give your students a hands-on experience to deepen enhance what you have been teaching in the classroom.

Catamount Institute educators are ready to help you reach your classroom goals, sign up for an outdoor adventure today!

While September, October, April, and May tend to be the best months for field trips. Catamount Institute can provide experiences for any time of year! Snowshoeing and avalanche science are a hit in the winter. Get your students outside all year round.

Is it Alive??

Wacky and Wonderful Weather

Gotta Have a Habitat

The Water Cycle

Gotta Have a Habitat

Wacky and Wonderful Weather

Pikes Peak Ecosystems: Life Cycles

Super Soil Adventure

Pikes Peak Ecosystems: Life Cycles

Renewable Energy

Wacky and Wonderful Weather

Renewable Energy

Don’t see what you are looking for? Create your own field trip to enhance what you are teaching in the classroom. Catamount Institute can tailor a trip that fits your needs. Overnight trips, team building days, and other science topics are available to choose from. Click the button to learn more about our custom trips. 

New Booking Calendar!

Please use this new booking calendar to start your field trip request. Click on an available day or multiple days depending on the number of students you have. Fill out the form and we will be in touch to confirm the date and field trip topic. Please book at least two weeks in advance but we highly recommend booking very early becasue dates can book up quick! Many of our teachers are booking a semester or more in advance. Once you save the form your date is saved until we confirm it or release it back to being open. Please wait until we approve the date to book transportation.

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Choose from one of our many field trip locations. Each location offers a new experience for students. From urban streams, mountain lakes, prairie grasslands, and montane foothills each location will list lessons that work best for their ecosystems. Students involved in environmental education efforts improve math and reading scores, perform better in science and social studies, are more fully able to transfer their natural learning into unfamiliar contexts, and learn to “do science,” rather than just “learn about science.”

Catamount Institute
at Sondermann Park

Catamount Institute

Our main and most popular location is an oasis of wilderness within the city limits of Colorado Springs. Sondermann Park provides an outstanding opportunity for outdoor education.

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Aiken Canyon

Aiken Canyon Preserve

Aiken Canyon is one of the last high-quality examples of the southern Front Range foothills ecosystem.

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Mountain Campus

Catamount Mountain Campus

Our sister organization the Catamount Mountain Campus is located on the north slope of Pikes Peak in Woodland Park, Colorado.

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Aspen Valley Ranch
Check out some of our other great partnerships with locations all across the Pikes Peak Region.

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To start the field trip reservation process
click here for the request form

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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