Yampatika is a non-profit environmental education organization serving residents and visitors in NW Colorado. Our promise is a global community of environmentally literate and engaged citizens. We accomplish this through programs that share personally relevant knowledge that helps individuals better understand and experience the world around them and inform their decisions.
Our programs seek to have participants experience a wondrous sense of connection. We want participants to leave our programs connected, inspired, and empowered. We create and deliver engaging, science-based environmental education experiences that connect people and their sense of place in the natural world.
We accomplish this by providing science-based education opportunities for children and adults. Our belief is that this is best accomplished by taking the classroom outdoors for hands-on learning. Our three program areas are Inspiring Environmental Literacy with Youth, Connecting People to Nature, and our Environmental Learning Center at Legacy Ranch.
Our six guiding principles:
• Integrity of Content
• Quality of Experience
• Participant Focus & Engagement
We are the only organization in the Yampa Valley focused on common sense environmental stewardship for individuals of all ages.
Yampatika was established in 1992 as the "Yampatika Outdoor Awareness Association" by a group of community members and government agencies who sought to provide environmental interpretation in a rural setting. Twenty years later, Yampatika continues to rely on private individuals and government entities and our collaborative efforts include partners in the private sector and the school systems in Routt, Moffat and Jackson Counties.
Yampatika's mission is to inspire environmental stewardship through education. We fulfill our mission in by implementing hands-on inquiry-based educational programs; advocating conservation and the sound use of natural lands and cultural resources; and strengthening connections to natural and cultural environments through place-based education. Yampatika is the only non-profit organization in NW Colorado that offers a continuum of environmental education programs and services to children and adults ranging in age from pre-K to senior citizens in Routt, Moffat and Jackson Counties. We fill a unique role by partnering with local youth education organizations and conservation entities to deliver environmental programs to an audience of children and adults from all walks of life.
"My favorite thing was getting to learn while having tons of fun!" - 5th grader, Soda Creek Elementary
"Yampatika's environmental literacy program assisted us in integrating environmental education with our current curriculum. Also, due to the amount of standards we are currently teaching, this allowed us to focus on other standards, knowing students would be learning through the Yampatika program. The hands on approach really enables students to retain their learning in a memorable way." - K. Sowards, 4th Grade Soda Creek Elementary, Steamboat Springs, CO
"I liked the variety of activities that kept the student's attention and engaged mentally or physically, or both! I really enjoyed the program and felt my students got a lot out of it." - G. Turner, Soda Creek Elementary, Steamboat Springs, CO
"I love that there is an option to teach my daughter about nature and for her to get her hands dirty. She loved learning about the garden and gave us a tour when we picked her up. That is priceless. There are so many things I want to teach her, but I cannot do it all, so I appreciate that you can fill in those gaps in such a nurturing and educational setting." - Day Camp Parent
"The experience, resources and knowledge he gained through Yampatika were impactful. Every day he came home with new information to share. I was so impressed that he learned and retained so much… After a trying summer going through some tough family issues, this was a perfect escape for him." - Day Camp Parent