School Programs


After School


Rugged Research offers after-school programming to elementary schools across the front range. Our after-school program brings Rocky Mountain Park Rangers to your child's school to immerse students in the wonders of nature and science. Each class takes place in the school yard or a local park where students are able to have close encounters with nature's wonders!

 Every class has an engaging theme for student inquiry and investigations, from micro-hikes- where students shrink their focus down to a bug's eye point of view  and go on a journey of discovery of micro-environments, to mini-beast surveys- where  students go on a scavenger hunt to find the park's wild pollinators! 

Colorado has wondrously diverse ecosystems , which our program uses as a giant, learning laboratory to help students fall in love with nature and learn about the impact of their actions on the environment.  Our program extends this learning and helps students  make connections to larger global environmental issues. Rugged Research helps students develop a more mindful awareness of their everyday encounters with the natural world and fosters resilience and confidence while  decreasing anxiety and stress in their own lives.

Topics Include: 

  • Ecology ​​

    • ​Sample topics:

      • ​The Secret Life of Trees

      • River Days

      • Flower Power​

  • Rocky Mountain Wildlife Biology ​

    • Sample topics:

      • ​​The Great Elk Rut

      • BUGS-101

      • Bird's the Word! 

  • Environmental Science​

    • Sample topics:​

      • Geology Rocks!

      • Fossil Frenzy

      • Mountain Peaks to Coral Reefs ​

  • And many other customized lessons!

Meet Your Teacher!

Bri Wold 

Bri's experience includes working in highly diverse areas of the world, including rainforests, deserts, oceans and is now a Rocky Mountain Park Ranger.  Bri has led educational expeditions for students to Hawaii, Belize, Costa Rica and many other extraordinary sites. In addition, Bri has a Masters in Education and was was previously a high school science teacher in Colorado where she had substantial involvement in curriculum development and outdoor education.  


Bri's passion lies in sharing the wonders of the natural world with the next generation and she couldn't be more excited about being an instructor for Rugged Research!

*All programs have limited capacity to comply with CDC COVID-19 best practices and social distancing protocols


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For more information, please email Contact@RuggedResearch.Org