yampa valley science school
August 5, 2020 UPDATE:
After much deliberation we have made the difficult decision to postpone Yampa Valley Science School (YVSS) until the Spring of 2021. We base this decision on many factors surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and in collaboration with our program partners. The safety and well-being of our staff, students, and partners is our utmost priority. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 situation, we have activated an Incident Response Team and they are working to develop a plan to operate YVSS in a safe environment. We appreciate your understanding and support during these unknown times.
Each September Yampa Valley Science School YVSS serves as many as 300 Routt County 6th grade students in a residential, experiential Science Camp operated at the historic Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp in Strawberry Park.
Operated in cooperation with local schools since 2000, YVSS incorporates a 5 day, 3 night science curriculum integrated with CO 6th grade academic standards. The goals of YVSS include: providing place-based environmental education through experiential and interactive lesson activities; providing inter-generational links and mentoring opportunities for sixth graders, high school students, college students, and community adults; and fostering integrated academic education with the public school systems.
The science curriculum is broken down into 3 blocks: Hydrosphere, Biosphere, Atmosphere/Geosphere. Students enjoy night activities including an Astronomy evening as well as traditional campfire songs and skits, take field trips in the local community and complete local service projects.
Junior Leader Volunteer Positions are available for high School youth ages 16-18!
Please email Carlyn at CLawatsch@rockymountainyouthcorps for more information