Fourth Grade Outdoor Education trip

Wednesday-Friday, October 18-20

For their fall expedition, the Fourth Graders will be mountain biking in Western Colorado, in and around Highline State Park in Loma. Outdoor Education program director Collette Newell leads this trip along with the Fourth Grade teachers. Also accompanying this trip are our own Middle School assistants – one or two older students who have been selected as role models for the younger chiildren.

Aspen Country Day School's mission is to develop mind, body, and spirit via our program in academics, arts, and outdoors. The children take two trips per year on their journey through the grades at ACDS, and each trip deepens their understanding of the school’s core values: character, respect, responsibility, community, and perseverance.

Outdoor Education is an integral part of our curriculum, and all students are expected to participate. There is no provision for students to remain on campus while their class is away. The cost of this trip is included in the annual comprehensive activities fee.

Students learn
  • safe mountain biking skills
  • how to change a flat tire
  • uphill and downhill techniques
  • map-reading, orienteering, and leadership skills
  • desert ecology
  • team-building skills
  • desert camping skills
  • flora and fauna identification
DEPARTURE: DAY 1
  • leave campus: 8:15 am
  • leave Basalt Town Park: 8:35 am
  • leave Cowen Center in Carbondale at 8:50 am
RETURN: DAY 3
  • Cowen Center at 2:05 pm
  • Basalt Town Park at 2:20 pm
  • campus by 3 pm
Packing list

Pack everything in a backpack. This is practice for packing for the winter backcountry skiing trip. If you don't have a big enough backpack, the school can lend you one. Please come to school the first morning wearing your biking clothes, ready to ride, with your spare tube (see below) in your daypack.  

clothing

    • hat with visor (very important in the desert sun)
    • wool hat 
    • rain jacket and rain pants
    • warm jacket (down coat or ski jacket)
    • pants to wear around camp
    • shorts
    • fleece sweater or jacket
    • gloves or mittens
    • underwear
    • socks (2 pair, no cotton)
    • sneakers
    • bathing suit and small towel
    • warm pants

personal equipment

    • toothbrush & travel-size toothpaste
    • lip protection
    • small comb or brush
    • sunglasses
    • small sunscreen
    • headlamp or small flashlight

camping equipment

    • sleeping bag with stuff sack
    • sleeping pad (ridged foam kind that does not need to be inflated)
    • day pack
    • one-quart wide-mouthed Nalgene-style water bottle, filled
       

camping equipment

    • mountain bike
    • bike helmet (mandatory at all times on any bike)
    • spare bike tube with the right type of valve for your wheel
    • two water bottles on bike or working Camelback (check for leaks)
    • riding shorts (to prevent chafing on long rides)
    • good sturdy shoes for riding
    • optional: bike gloves

meals
Students will need snacks for both days. NO CANDY please! (The school will provide all other meals.) If your child has specific dietary requirements or restrictions, please email collettenewell@aspencountryday.net

BIKES must have had a recent tune-up at a local shop. We will spend some fall days practicing riding in and around Aspen, so please make sure your bike is ready for a season of fall riding!

NO ELECTRONICS, please, except a headlamp: this means no cell phones, no iPods or iPads, games, etc. NO sunglasses or glasses with video capabilities, NO smart watches. Only regular or Rx sunglasses and regular watches. "Radio silence" and a chance to unplug are important aspects of the Outdoor Ed experience. Photos from the trips will be posted shortly after return for parents and children to share.

Aspen Country Day School
85 Country Day Way Aspen, Colorado 81611
Phone: 970.925.1909
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