Rugged Research is a fun and exciting outdoor education organization founded by Rocky Mountain Park Rangers.
Our goal is to provide Colorado students of all ages with a sense of place within their local ecosystems. We believe that inspiring a love and respect for nature at a young age will transfer into a desire to care for and protect Earth’s ecosystems and wildlife as adults. Rugged Research offers summer camps, early childhood programming, homeschool programming, and tailored field trips for children from Pre-K to High School.
We can provide a fun and challenging addition to remote learning or learning pods, helping students experience the wonders of nature. Our programs explore the Front Range and the Rocky Mountains, where students are able to experience the excitement of a close-up view of our extraordinary Colorado wildlife and be introduced to the work of environmental scientists.
Rugged Research programs are led by Rocky Mountain Park Rangers and certified teachers who use innovative experiential learning methods to guide student into a deeper understanding of the connection between humans and the natural world. 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 and fosters resilience and confidence while decreasing anxiety and stress in their own lives.
"Rugged Research has shown me how amazing the world we live in really is!" Casey (8 years old)
"Before I went to Rugged Research I didn't want to go outside, now I can't wait to explore!" Ash (7 years old)
"Rugged Research has created a passion for nature in my kids!" Scott K. (Father of 2 third grade boys)