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After School

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Rugged Research offers after-school programming to elementary schools and parks across the front range. Our after-school program brings park rangers, naturalists and environmental educators to your student's school to immerse children in the wonders of nature and science. Each class takes place outside in the school yard or a local park where students are able to have close encounters with nature's wonders!

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.

Each afterschool session includes fun games, activities and crafts to reach every type of learner. Here at Rugged Research, we believe there's nature every where when outside, even in your own school yard! Our programs are designed to bring outdoor education from the mountains to cities and towns so that every child has access to learning about the wonders of the wild!


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Here's a sample itinerary for a 10 week program!

School Districts Served:

  • Thompson

  • Boulder 

  • Poudre

  • Greeley

  • Denver

  • Adams 12

  • Always expanding! Reach out today to see if we can bring a program to your area!

Open Space
After School Program

It's time to explore!

We've found that after an entire school day spent indoors - increasingly staring at screens - kids need and deserve at least one day a week outdoors for some fun in the sun and to connect with nature! 

So put down your screens and come outdoors with us!

Our program will meet at a convenient open space each week that is less than 15 minutes from downtown areas and begins shortly after school dismissal.

  • Programs are for ages 7-12.

  • Each day is 1 hour and 45 minutes starting after school dismissal at nearby open space.

  • The minimum is 5 participants, the maximum is 15 and we maintain at least a 1:7 staff-to-child ratio.

  • The cost is $35/child/day for the 7-week session. Space is limited.

  • After-school participants must enroll for the full season; no daily drop-ins.

  • This is an outdoor program (rain, snow or shine), drop-off only.

If you would like to join this program, please email us at


Wondering what the program looks like? Check out the slideshow below!

Check out a program flyer!

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