Experiential Education

The Experiential Education program at Telluride Mountain School provides students with a unique balance between classroom work and field-based “Sense of Place” curricula.

Experiential education is a synthesis of three major components: outdoor adventure, cultural and natural immersion and service learning.

Fall programs emphasize teamwork, mountain activities and a connection with the unique local region. Winter programs are designed around snow, winter ecology and avalanche education and include a full-season, on-mountain ski and snowboard Winter Sports Program.

1 – 12 Fall Experiential Trip Schedule:

Trip Dates
1/2  Stargazing & Tomboy
Sept 28-29
3/4  Woods Lake
Sept 27-29
5/6  IslandWood & Seattle
Nov 5-11
7/8  Dark Canyon, UT
Sept 25-29
9/10  San Juan River Kayaking
Sept 25-29
11/12  Telluride Extreme
Sept 25-29

“The EE and OE trips have resulted in both my children intrinsically understanding the respect they need to show their environment and other cultures. The exposure they’ve gotten has noticeably broken down barriers they might otherwise feel toward people who are outwardly “different” from themselves, and as a result, they engage comfortably and respectfully with people from all walks of life.”

“One of the things that strikes me most is the intangible process of “growth” that has occurred with my son throughout the years of doing these trips. As intended by design, the gradual increase in both time & distance has allowed him to become truly comfortable in being away from home, relying upon himself, his classmates & his teachers throughout these challenging travel experiences. He has no qualms about his ability to, generally speaking, be comfortable & confident in these trip settings. That is a gift that will serve him well throughout his life.”

” It’s amazing to see that depth of character growing in your child, and really, in all of his classmates. It may seem like I’m describing an out-of-school skill, but that’s not where it ends. That empathetic respect learned on trips creates a phenomenal learning environment, because it translates to peers and teachers. Their learning of academic subjects seems to be very deep because they have been in situations where they’ve been pushed to their limits alongside the same person who teaches/will teach/taught them history, or math, or English. That creates a real connection. Plus, the trips have brought their school work into the “real world” in ways that make them apply what they’ve learned. I think they’ve gotten a much deeper education because of the trips. I could differentiate between my boys, because they are totally different people, but there’s no need. They both benefited in very similar ways from the EE and OE trips.”