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Field trips

Dive into the wonders of nature and science on a field trip led by Catamount Institute. All our outdoor field trips include a factor of adventure while aligning with Colorado Department of Education Standards.

k-12 students

Learning beyond the classroom

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!

All trips are a minimum of 15 students and maximum of 80 students. Please book as early as possible. We are booking at least a semester to one year in advance.

Kindergarten

Is it Alive?

Throughout this two-hour program, students will get the opportunity to learn about whether or not certain things in nature are living or nonliving, what colors/shapes exist in nature, and even how to spot the birds that live in Sondermann Park.

Time: Two Hours | Cost: $7.00 per student | Location: Sondermann Park or your school

Common core science standards:
  • 2. Life Science
  • 1. Organisms can be described and sorted by their physical characteristics
  • 1. Physical Science
  • 1. Objects can move in a variety of ways that can be described by speed and direction
  • 2. Objects can be sorted by physical properties, which can be observed and measured
Choose from three stations:
  • Five Senses Hike
  • Colors in Nature
  • Shapes in Nature
  • Plant Dissection
  • Birding

Wacky and Wonderful Weather

Students will get an opportunity to explore all things weather related!  Three different stations will provide opportunities to learn about how to be prepared, the water cycle, and how to use certain SSTs (Super Scientific Tools) like Thermometers.

Time: Two Hours | Cost: $7.00 per student | Location: Sondermann Park or your school

Common core science standards:
  • 3. Earth Systems Science
  • 1. The sun provides heat and light to Earth
Choose from three stations:
  • Preparation Relay
  • Water Cycle Boogie
  • Thermometers 101
  • Read Story “A Drop Around the World” and Human Thunderstorm
  • Ice Experiments

1st Grade

Gotta Have a Habitat

Throughout this two-hour program, students will explore the habitats of Sondermann Park.  Students will learn about different creatures that live in Mesa Creek, different parts of insects, and adaptations organisms use to survive. “Meet a Tree” offers an awesome team building opportunity, along with an opportunity for the students to use their senses to explore local fauna.

Time: Two Hours | Cost: $7.00 per student | Location: Sondermann Park

Common core science standards:
  • 2. Life Science
  • 1. Offspring have characteristics that are similar to but not exactly like their parents’ characteristics
  • 2. An organism is a living thing that has physical characteristics to help it survive
Choose from three stations:
  • Macro-Invertebrate Survey (Creek Study)
  • Meet a Tree
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt
  • WORMS!
  • Build a Bug

The Water Cycle

The Water Cycle program offers a fun, engaging, two-hour program that examines not only weather but also water and the states of matter.  With a variety of options to choose from for stations, students and teachers can really experience almost a customized program that fits what they’re doing in their classroom.

Time: Two Hours | Cost: $7.00 per student | Location: Sondermann Park

Common core science standards:
  • 1. Physical Science
  • 1. Solids and liquids have unique properties that distinguish them
Choose from three stations:
  • Water Cycle Boogie
  • Macro-Invertebrate Survey
  • Thermometers 101
  • Read Story “A Drop Around the World” and create a human thunderstorm
  • Ice Experiments

2nd Grade

Gotta Have a Habitat

Throughout this two-hour program, students will explore the habitats of Sondermann Park.  Students will learn about different creatures that live in Mesa Creek, different parts of insects, and adaptations organisms use to survive. “Meet a Tree” offers an awesome team building opportunity, along with an opportunity for the students to use their senses to explore local fauna.

Time: Two Hours | Cost: $7.00 per student | Location: Sondermann Park

Common core science standards:
  • 2. Life Science
  • 1. Organisms depend on their habitat’s nonliving parts to satisfy their needs
  • 2. Each plant or animal has different structures or behaviors that serve different functions
Choose from three stations:
  • Macro-Invertebrate Survey (Creek Study)
  • Meet a Tree
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt
  • WORMS!
  • Build a Bug

Wacky and Wonderful Weather

Students will get an opportunity to explore all things weather related!  Three different stations will provide opportunities to learn about how to be prepared, the water cycle, and how to use certain SSTs (Super Scientific Tools) like Thermometers. Students will also get a chance to explore how and why weather shapes the local ecosystems.

Time: Two Hours | Cost: $7.00 per student | Location: Sondermann Park

Common core science standards:
  • 3. Earth Systems Science
  • 1. Weather and the changing seasons impact the environment and organisms such as humans, plants, and other animals
Choose from three stations:
  • Preparation Relay
  • Water Cycle Boogie
  • Thermometers 101
  • Read Story “A Drop Around the World” and create a human thunderstorm
  • Ice Experiments

3rd Grade

Pikes Peak Ecosystems: Lifecycles

Throughout this three-hour program students will be immersed in the two distinct ecosystems of Sondermann Park—the riparian and grasslands ecosystems.  Students will learn about the creatures that live in these areas, including information about their life cycles, adaptations, and characteristics.

Time: Three Hours | Cost: $10.00 per student | Location: Sondermann Park

Common core science standards:
  • 2. Life Science
  • 1. The duration and timing of life cycle events such as reproduction and longevity vary across organisms and species
Choose from three stations:
  • Ecosystem Comparison
  • Macro-Invertebrate Survey
  • Abiotic vs Biotic
  • WORMS!
  • Wildfire Ecology

Super Soil Adventure

Super Soil Adventures is an awesome two-hour geology themed field trip that revolves around soils, rocks, and underground ecosystems.

Time: Two Hours | Cost: $7.00 per student | Location: Sondermann Park

Common core science standards:
  • 3. Earth Systems Science
  • 1. Earth’s materials can be broken down and/or combined into different materials such as rocks, minerals, rock cycle, the formation of soil, and sand – some of which are usable resources for human activity
Choose from three stations:
  • Soil Soup
  • Rock Formations
  • WORMS!
  • Build a Bug
  • Soil Dissection and Erosion Study

4th Grade

Pikes Peak Ecosystems: Abiotic and Biotic Factors

By exploring the abiotic and biotic factors of both the Riparian and Grasslands Ecosystems here at Sondermann Park, students will learn how abiotic factors impact the biotic organisms living in these local ecosystems.  They will learn through hands-on, engaging station options that require students to explore, identify, and analyze the different component of Sondermann Park.

Time: Three Hours | Cost: $10.00 per student | Location: Sondermann Park

Common core science standards:
  • 2. Life Science
  • 1. All living things share similar characteristics, but they also have differences that can be described and classified
  • 2. Comparing fossils to each other or to living organisms reveals features of prehistoric environments and provides information about organisms today
  • 3. There is interaction and interdependence between and among living and nonliving components of systems
Choose from three stations:
  • Ecosystem Comparison
  • Macro-Invertebrate Survey
  • Abiotic vs Biotic
  • WORMS!
  • Wildfire Ecology

Renewable Energy

Students will experience an extremely hands-on program that examines renewable and nonrenewable energy.  Students will build their own wind turbines, hydro dams, and solar ovens (if time permits).  Not only will students build, but they will also test what they build.  Different forms of energy will be analyzed, along with different waves.

Time: Three Hours | Cost: $10.00 per student | Location: Sondermann Park

Common core science standards:
  • 1. Physical Science
  • 1. Energy comes in many forms such as light, heat, sound, magnetic, chemical, and electrical
Choose from three stations:
  • Wind Energy
  • Solar Energy
  • Hydro-Energy

5th Grade

Wacky and Wonderful Weather

Students will get the opportunity to study and gather data on weather, erosion, and ice cores.  Students also get the chance to build and take home kites and learn how to use scientific tools like thermometers, barometers, rain gauge, and anemometer.

Time: Three Hours | Cost: $10.00 per student | Location: Sondermann Park

Common core science standards:
  • 3. Earth Systems Science
  • 2. Earth’s surface changes constantly through a variety of processes and forces
  • 3. Weather conditions change because of the uneven heating of Earth’s surface by the Sun’s energy. Weather changes are measured by differences in temperature, air pressure, wind and water in the atmosphere and type of precipitation
Choose from three stations:
  • Erosion Study
  • Water Cycle Boogie and Clouds 101
  • Scientific Tools
  • Kites for Weather and for Wind
  • Wind, Solar, Hydro Energy

Renewable Energy

Students will experience an extremely hands-on program that examines renewable and nonrenewable energy.  Students will build their own wind turbines, hydro dams, and solar ovens (if time permits).  Not only will students build, but they will also test what they build.

Time: Three Hours | Cost: $10.00 per student | Location: Sondermann Park

Common core science standards:
  • 3. Earth Systems Science
  • 1. Earth and sun provide a diversity of renewable and nonrenewable resources
Choose from three stations:
  • Wind Energy
  • Solar Energy
  • Hydro-Energy