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'Close Encounters with Nature's Wonders'

Are you ready to experience what's always been in your backyard in an entirely new way? 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 science and impacts that their actions have on the environment!


Rugged Research programs are led by Rocky Mountain Park Rangers, certified teachers and outdoor educators who use innovative experiential learning methods and a extensive knowledge of our parks to guide students on a journey of discovery to help build a deeper connection with the natural world. 

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Our program will explore diverse ecosystems - from the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, down the snow melt rivers and into the golden prairies - we will immerse ourselves in the natural world and learn all about the fascinating science behind it!

Through the 'Close Encounters with Nature’s Wonders' course, students will have fun learning to observe nature, gather information and analyze ideas about natural processes.

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 stress in their lives. Our school year program is a great way to make new friendships and disconnect from the screen every week!


Rugged Research offers a comprehensive 8  program for ages 7-12. Classes meet once a week for  4 hours. 


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

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Classes will take place at some of the most beautiful parks and open spaces Colorado has to offer. Every class will explore a different ecosystem, providing a new adventure and lesson each day!

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For Spring 2023!


March 28 - May 16

10:00am- 1:00pm

Ages 7-12


If you would like to be added to the waitlist for a full class, please email us at Contact@RuggedResearch.Org

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For more information, please email us at Contact@RuggedResearch.Org
Our school year programming runs every Fall and Spring. If you would like to be notified for registration alerts and our newsletter, please sign up for our email list!

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