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Program Director 
Stacey Halvorsen


Program Manager

Josh Weinstein


YEP Schools and Groups offers: 

From in-person field trips to virtual experiences, the Colorado Mountain Club's Youth Education Program provides fun science and outdoor activities for students!

In-Person Field Trips


Programs take place here at the American Mountaineering Center or off-site* at a local open space or on your school campus*


Free Live Virtual Field Trips


Explore Colorado's Front Range ecology, weather, and more from the comfort of your own home or classroom! Virtual field trips are great for a classroom that is physically together or learning apart.

Free Online Learning Library


Learn new outdoor skills and discover nature from the comfort of your own home! Whether it's getting creative with activities inside, or exploring your backyard and neighborhood, CMC's Youth Education Program has resources to keep your youth excited about the mountains. 

Custom Afterschool Programs


Create a custom program based on our offereings below. YEP works with groups outside of school hours including scout troops, Boys and Girls Club, and other afterschool partner organizations.

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In-Person Field Trips & Classroom Visits:


Schools and Groups programs at YEP link science education with Colorado’s greatest natural resources: the mountains! Many of our outdoor and science education programs are customizable, combining 1-3 activities to best fit your academic or group goals. Check out our “suggested pairings” to help guide your decision. 

Programs are offered year round and can range in length from 1-4 hours to a week (choose your own adventure)


*YEP's In-person offerings may be limited depending on the most updated health and safety guidelines. See YEP's updated COVID guidelines here


Pricing:  Pricing is determined on a program-to-program basis. Please fill out the registration form here to figure out pricing for your desired program.

Rock Climbing

Mountaineering Museum Tour

Team Building


Bouldering Bus


Nature Hike

Geology Hike

Mountain Safety

Snow Science

Physics of Climbing



Ecology & Wildlife


Geology of Climbing

Mountain Weather


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Does your programming fit my group?

At YEP, we work with K-12 schools, youth groups and organizations (Scout Troops, afterschool programs, etc.). In short, we've got programming to fit any group! Depending on program location and curriculum, YEP can work with groups as large as 60 students at one time. In order to best promote learning and engagement, YEP prefers to break large groups into smaller sections and rotate students through stations. Recommended class lengths and rotations will be adjusted accordingly to ensure a hands-on experience for all students. 


Course Locations

Many programs are flexible and can take place either at a local park/open space, at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, or at your school*.

*YEP typically travels up to 20 miles for school-based programs. If you would like us to meet your group more than 20 miles from the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, we may charge an additional travel fee (dependent on distance/time to get to your location). 


Why work with YEP?

YEP staff is experienced in tailoring educational programs to meet the needs of all age groups and backgrounds. Our program is committed to making the mountains accessible to all students throughout the Denver Metro area. Since our start in 1999, we have introduced more than 70,000 youth of all backgrounds to Colorado’s mountain classroom.

" The program allows them to see that learning and challenges are presented to us outside of texts, passages and mathematical equations. This program has instilled leadership in some of my students and I couldn't be more grateful for it.”

- Kerry Andrews, 4th grade teacher, Program Partner Schmitt Elementary


Support YEP

YEP relies on generous contributions from grants and donors to connect students to nature and our mountains. You can "bring the mountains" to a child in our community with a tax-deductible gift to YEP today.

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