Lab Schools

What is Outdoor Lab?

The Outdoor Lab Schools have been enriching the lives of 6th grade and high school students in Jefferson County for more than 50 years. With more than 6,000 students served each year and well over 350,000 alumni the 58 year old program, Outdoor Lab is the longest continually running outdoor education program in the western United States. Students are immersed in an outdoor academic setting for five days where they spend their time learning about themselves and how they fit into the world around them.

What is Taught at Outdoor Lab?

Mount Evans and Windy Peak Outdoor Lab Schools give students the opportunity to explore and experience subjects such as earth science, wildlife biology, astronomy, and forestry in a unique mountain setting. By engaging the students in problem solving, team building, decision-making and social interaction, the Outdoor Lab program helps to prepare Jeffco students for successful futures. For a detailed look at the curriculum we teach, please view the following field guides: Biosphere | Force and Motion | Geosphere | Hydrosphere | Navigation



Windy Peak –

Located 9 miles outside of Bailey, Colorado, Windy Peak is nestled on 225 acres adjacent to the Colorado Trail. It was the Sylvania of the Rockies summer camp at one point. It boasts historic buildings and artifacts, a Kiwanis Astronomy lab, a trout pond maintained by Trout Unlimited, cabin accommodations and breathtaking views. Click here to visit the Windy Peak website.


Mount Evans –

Situated on 525 acres outside of Evergreen, Colorado, Mount Evans is a historic property originally known as the Dodge Ranch. The site boasts a historic lodge and out-buildings, an astronomy center, trout pond maintained by Trout Unlimited, dormitory style housing and incredible views. Click here to visit the Mount Evans website.


Between the two sites, Outdoor Lab currently has 11 Interns. Meet them here.