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Underground Ecosystems

YES Club students explore the world beneath their feet. Combining history, cave geology, earth science, physical science, and conservation, YES Club members experience the diversity of cave life and the impact of human underground activities (e.g., mining) on soil, erosion and water quality. In Underground Ecosystems students embark on an underground adventure raising worms in the classroom, exploring caves to find out what lives underground (through our partnership with Cave of the Winds), and visiting mines (specifically visiting the Newmont Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine). Catamount Institute’s programs provide fully encompassing lessons on renewable and nonrenewable resources. As a long-term partner, Newmont Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine expose the YES participants to mineral extraction practices and ecosystem restoration. Each club demonstrates its new subterranean knowledge through environmental service and research projects presented at the Symposium at Colorado College.

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Full Clubs – Call for waitlist
Globe Charter School
Sunrise Elementary School


  • Live Worms
  • Composting
  • Cave of the Winds
  • Mine Tour
  • Top Soil & Erosion
  • Grow Cave Formations
  • Carbon Cycle
  • Mining and Reclamation
  • Cave simulation family day

Learning outcomes

  • Learn ecological principles relating to underground ecosystems through adventures and experiential lessons.
  • Develop awareness of human impact and reliance on underground ecosystems.
  • Become better stewards of natural resources as they learn how their choices affect the world around them.
  • Enrich their capacity for systems thinking — understanding the connections between and among components of any type of system.
  • Deepen their knowledge about the biotic and abiotic components relying on the atmosphere.
  • Take action in their own community and present their work!
  • Practice critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills.


If you have trouble registering please call Chris at 719-471-0910 x106.
If you need to register and not pay online please choose the “pay by check” option.

Limited scholarships are available. If you need additional financial assistance please fill out this scholarship application after you have registered your child for the club.

Want to have YES Club at your school?

Call or email Lydia Ballantine for more information! 719-471-0910 x107 or ballantine@catamountinstitute.org

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740 West Caramillo St.
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