Outdoor Education

Surrounded by Pikes Peak National Forest and sitting on over 160 acres, YMCA Camp Shady Brook is the perfect setting to host Outdoor Education and Environmental programs.

Bringing the classroom outside is an important part of a students learning experience. Our Outdoor Education programs provide the perfect opportunity to enable children to learn outside of the classroom in a beautiful mountainous setting.

Our programs can be tailored around a specific focus to meet your curriculum needs while engaging campers and allowing them to play an active role in their learning.

Whatever your outdoor focus is, we have a lesson plan for you.

Outdoor Environmental Education

With more schools recognizing the importance of OEE, Camp Shady Brook can help you to meet your educational goals. Developing awareness, increasing knowledge and building skills surrounding outdoor learning is our main priority.

Our OEE programs are taught by trained instructors, who teach with your educational goals in mind. Programs offered can be tailored to meet your specific focus and meet CO state educational guidelines.

Lesson plans include:

  • Fire and Forest ecology
  • Outdoor Survival Skills
  • Orienteering and
  • Compass Basics
  • Water exploration 
  • Night Watchers Night Hike
  • Astronomy
  • Nature Hikes
  • And much much more…..

Each lesson plan involves students to use those core skills such as team work, communication and reading & writing skills. In addition to OEE programs and learning your students will also experience living with other students, sharing dining hall duties, cabin-clean-up and group games and projects.

We offer healthy delicious balanced meals and comfortable lodging.
Day trips, multi day and overnight retreats are available.

So get out of the classroom and come and experience focused learning outside!  We can’t wait to have you here!