Pagosa Springs Middle School

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Adventure Learning

We embrace our community values and spectacular location in our academic pursuits and often venture outside the classroom to learn and explore.  Using adventure learning opportunities in all grades, we aim to bolster learning and student engagement.  Every grade level team has developed highly engaging adventure learning trips starting with our 5th grade traveling to Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico.  Sixth graders embark on the first overnight trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Monument.  Seventh graders visit Bandelier National Monument Trip, Los Alamos, New Mexico and the Jemez Mountains every spring.  Eighth graders culminate these learning adventures by spending four days and three night exploring  Arches National Monument.   Everyone one of these trips has high-level academic projects that challenge students to learn and grow. 


Additionally, students have the opportunity to attend three full-day lessons as part of the Wolf Creek Ski Program to learn to ski and/or snowboard at every grade level.  Adventure elective classes available to students include mountain biking, ultimate frisbee, flyfishing, backpacking, triathlon, wilderness survival, swimming and naturalist club.