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For over 25 years, Yampatika has connected people with nature to inspire environmental stewardship. You can take the classroom OUTDOORS for people of all ages by supporting Yampatika!

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Experiential Learning Opportunities at Legacy Ranch

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Families
General Public
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Yampatika's Environmental Learning Center (ELC) at Legacy Ranch resides on a 132-acre hay meadow. We provide service-learning opportunities, summer and winter camps, 4H livestock stewardship and is a destination for many school field trips. Yampatika provides programs for youth and adults that create an appreciation for our community's history, ranching heritage, and the local environment. There are very few places left in close proximity to the town where children can take part in activities associated with ranching and farming. Adults can visit the site for a self-guided walking tour. Thanks to this innovative partnership between Yampatika and the City of Steamboat Springs, the site has transformed from just a historic homestead into an educational learning center that brings history, agriculture, environmental learning, open space preservation, sustainability, and community service to life. Last year, more than 600 people participated in programs at Legacy Ranch

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Evidence of Program's Success

Yampatika uses a combination of surveys, direct interviews and third party evaluations to assess its programs and make improvements.

Summer Camps at Legacy Ranch

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)

Description

Yampatika's summer programs provide children hands-on opportunities to explore their natural surroundings in a safe, professional atmosphere. Each program is theme-based and designed to inspire environmental stewardship through education. Programs are age-specific and led by experienced Naturalists. No two weeks alike so feel free to enroll your child in all of the weeks or the camp theme that most interests them.

All programs take place at Yampatika's Environmental Learning Center at Legacy Ranch. The Ranch was homesteaded in 1899. Its historic structures provide natural opportunities for learning about our region's agricultural and ranching history. Yampatika is proud to limit our camp sizes to 12 children to ensure your children experience a fun, safe, and educational environment. Each camp is supervised by a ratio of 1 adult to every 6 campers.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Yampatika's Summer Day Camp relies on surveys from parents of camp participants to continually tweak and update our program. Feedback from parents have been overwhelmingly positive.

"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."

"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."

Environmental Literacy with Youth

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)

Description

These are Yampatika's school-based programs. This area includes Yampatika's Environmental Literacy Program (ELP), TENS (Teaching Environmental Science Naturally), Wildfire Ecology for High School students, private school programs and several one-day programs for Moffat County elementary schools. All Yampatika programs meet Colorado State Learning Standards and is reviewed and updated on an annual basis.

ELP is our largest program in this area. Last year, more than 1,100 students in 50 classrooms participated in this program. Schools from Hayden, North Routt Charter School and Steamboat Springs utilized this program that is offered free of charge to all public, elementary schools in Routt County. Yampatika's program has become the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) curriculum for many Routt County elementary schools. More than 50% of the youth served through the ELP are from low and moderate-income households. ELP is a three-part program that includes a classroom session, an outdoor session and a service-learning piece. Topic change from year-to-year and build upon each other. Topics include birds and watersheds to sustainable energy.

TENS is a Colorado Parks and Wildlife curriculum that is site-based and was created specifically for schools in NW Colorado. Yampatika is the education partner that facilitates this free program to schools. Last year, more than 630 students participated in this program.

Yampatika's Fire Ecology Program is a new program for High School Students. This program was developed in partnership with the USFS. This semester-long program includes not only information about fire and its impact on the environment but also explores career opportunities.

Other programs include one-time programs for private elementary and high schools in the area on a wide-range of topics. In addition, Yampatika participates in two day-long programs for 3rd and 6th graders that presents a variety of science topics outside of the classroom. Every student from those grade levels participates in this program. Yampatika also works in partnership with non-profits like Boys and Girls Club and others to offer after-school programming to their participants.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Yampatika uses a combination of surveys, direct interviews and third party evaluations to assess its programs and make improvements.

For ELP, we invest in professional, third-party evaluation, and have since the program's inception. This outside evaluation process allows Yampatika to maintain a high level of quality, ensure we continue to meet Colorado Academic Standards and ensure the program remains relevant. Students participate in a pre and post-test process that measures knowledge and attitude change. Teachers receive a post-program survey. Results from last year's surveys indicated there was a 14% increase in student knowledge scores. In terms of attitude change, more students liked being outdoors, recognized the importance of environmental problems, were more willing to volunteer and were more open to the opinions of others.

For teachers, 100% of those surveyed agreed that ELP integrates Environmental Literacy into the classroom and were satisfied with the program. In addition, 100% felt that ELP met or exceeded expectations for Common Core Standards in the area of science and 89% agreed or strongly agreed that ELP taught state standards. Lastly, 100% of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that they would recommend ELP to other teachers.

Connecting People to Nature

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
General Public/Unspecified

Description

Yampatika's adult field schools offer a wide range of year-round, hands-on outdoor activities, such as wildflower and medicinal herb walks, bird watching, geology hikes, watershed walks, and ski and snowshoe tours. Yampatika provides unique and quality services to residents and visitors that are offered in partnership with area businesses such as the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation, other non-profits such as Tread of Pioneers Museum, and government agencies including the USFS. By ensuring that what we offer is partnership-driven and need-based, we avoid duplicating services with the many educational organizations in our community. Last year, more than 6,800 individuals participated in these programs.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Adult participants are provided a Program Participant Form at the conclusion of all programs. They are asked to rank (on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 = completely agree) if the information was presented in an interesting way, I learned something new, would attend another program, and would recommend the program to someone else. 95% of returned surveys rank all categories at a 4 or 5. In addition, respondents are also given space to leave comments. Comments include the following phrases; "the program was great!" "The information was presented in a really fun way!" and "I can't wait for the next program I attend."

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