To our friends and supporters,
It's in the news regularly. It’s either an answer to the problems society faces or the culprit.
With evolving views on the role of science in the world today, the need to provide quality science education to young people is greater than ever. American students are just barely above the ‘average’ mark in science on the U.S. Program for International Student Assessment achievement test against their international peers. Likewise, the Pew Research Center’s 2015 report on views of science in the United States found that only 29% of the public rank U.S. K-12 STEM education as average or best in the world. To develop citizens with the necessary critical thinking skills and understanding of science concepts, science education must rise to meet this need.
Keystone Science School exists to do just that.
The organization's mission is to inspire critical thinking and curiosity through the lens of science. The team provides immersive science experiences in an outdoor setting to more than 7,000 participants each year, spawning critical thinking and a deeper understanding of the importance science plays in everyday life. The work is made more impactful because of the setting and the relationships students build with the staff team.
It's time to invest in our future.
To ensure this important work can continue, Keystone Science School (KSS) must invest in its infrastructure. Without adequate work environments or living spaces, the dedicated staff team may retreat from the work, leaving a void in science education not easily remedied. In spite of the tremendous growth the school has realized in the last 10 years, the investment in infrastructure has been relatively flat. The time has come for this major investment in the long-term impact Keystone Science School's team has on students and on science education.
If you've ever been on campus, you understand how important the staff is to KSS's effort to achieve its mission. If you haven't seen the team in action, we welcome you to learn more by visiting the Science School.
Please join us in building a place to inspire at Keystone Science School.
At Keystone Science School, we believe that the power of inspiring curiosity and critical thinking through the lens of science changes lives and strengthens communities. We create future leaders who can problem solve and work together in an ever-evolving world and workplace environment.
-Bob and Nancy Follett
Former Summit County Residents
The staff of KSS is building future citizens who will have the background to make wise decisions about the environment. Our country will certainly need such citizens. KSS has done this great work from facilities that are worse than inadequate. Only the forbearance of committed staff has allowed such good things to happen from such poor facilities. It is time to begin building facilities that can provide a far better physical home for the valuable work the staff does. We will fully support the capital campaign -- with our money as well as our hearts.
We are so thrilled that our kids are exploring, playing, and enjoying their week with your incredible team and making new friends along the way. Building confidence, increasing appreciation for our gorgeous flora and fauna, offering challenges and support for growth all intertwined with fun is exactly what we wanted this week. Keystone Science School is delivering tenfold, and for that we will be forever grateful.
Look How We've Grown
Total Students and Adults Impacted
Annual Budgeted Unrestricted Revenue
Number of Buildings on KSS's Campus
Rives Dining Hall
Completed $2.3 million campaign to purchase land and business to become independent nonprofit
Henry and Bighorn Dorms are built
Capital Campaign History
Construction of an observatory and yurt and campus beautification completed
Completed the Rives Dining Hall renovation
To our friends and supporters,
It's rare to find a place as special as Keystone Science School. It's a place where lives are changed, where curiosity is inspired, and where memories are created. It's also a place nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Keystone, Colorado, the site of Old Keystone Village, with facilities in need of help.
The School's staff team is the foundation of the high quality programs and indelible impact made on over 7,000 participants from across the country each year. The relationships formed between instructor and student, camper and counselor, or staff member and volunteer are the spirit of KSS. The 23-acre campus fosters these relationships and everyone deserves to be proud to call it home – a place to inspire learning, friendships, and curiosity. <--WE USE LEADERS, LEARNING AND THE FUTURE?
While Keystone Science School possesses many critical resources, the school lacks the bricks-and-mortar infrastructure to continue on our track of success and growth for much longer. Providing housing for our seasonal employees is critical given the housing shortage and high cost of living in the community. Housing on campus currently consists of a smattering of cabins, many from the late 1800s, lacking adequate basic amenities. It's not enough to retain our talented and dedicated staff beyond a season or two.
Likewise, our expanded program offerings in the past 10 years have resulted in a growing year-round staff team. It's hard to believe what they accomplish WORKING IN? out of two houses converted to office space. Twenty-one employees sit elbow to elbow as they make KSS the special place it is. They are simply out of room for any additional staff.
If you've ever been on campus or have seen an instructor or counselor working with a child, you understand how important the staff is to KSS's effort to achieve its mission. If you haven't seen the team in action, we welcome you to learn more by visiting the School.
Please join us in building a place to inspire at Keystone Science School. NEED TO MAKE A MORE CAPTIVATING ARGUMENT AT THE END-"WE WELCOME? THAT WOULDN'T COME FROM DOUG WOULD IT?
Doug Sims Howard Carver
Board Chairman Campaign Committee Co-Chair
Purchased 23-acre campus
Yurt and Observatory
Bighorn and Henry Dorms
While Keystone Science School possesses many critical resources – a rich history, extensive expertise, tested and proven curricula – the school lacks the bricks-and-mortar infrastructure to continue on our track of success and growth for much longer. Any organization on an upward trajectory reaches a point where investment is required in order to continue with positive growth.
Without that investment, growth will, inevitably, stagnate. Keystone Science School has reached that point where inadequate instructor housing and office space will, in the near future, result in missed opportunities and a decline in our ability to accomplish our mission and to serve our constituents. Simply put: we cannot continue to grow or maintain our impact without an investment in our infrastructure and staff.
The Future of our campus
A. The Hub
B. Learning Barn
C. Covered Drop-Off
D. Instructor Cabins
E. Instructor Outpost
Cabins from the 1800s
Basic amenities are scarce
Poorly located administrative buildings
Inefficient and expensive to maintain
Retention of a quality team
Instructor Housing: Interior of Jane's Cabin; Exterior of Wapiti (c. 1800s)
buildings dedicated to indoor teaching space
By the Numbers
cabins converted to office space
barns for storage of program supplies
Left: Instructor Housing; Above: Admin Building
cabins for instructor housing
A Place for Collaboration
B. Flex Room
E. Phone Booth
F. Private Offices
G. Work Space
H. Open Offices
J. Room of Excellence
As with the hub of a wheel, KSS's Hub will serve as the center of activity on campus. Located at the front of campus, it will provide a welcoming entrance to visitors and participants and will increase campus safety. It will bring together all staff under one roof to maximize opportunities for collaboration. Instructor teams will plan for programs alongside marketing and development staff, helping each think more broadly about the work they do. With an open office design, the Hub will remain flexible for future growth and office configurations. When additional space is needed, the option to easily expand the building exists.
Providing quality living spaces for instructors and camp counselors is a critical component to impacting thousands each year. Housing shortages combined with the high cost of living in Summit County make it nearly impossible to attract and retain a top quality staff. The Instructor Village provides small cabins consistent with the look and feel of campus, but with modern amenities like running water and kitchenettes. The Village design allows for smart growth and building as funding is available.
A Place for Living
A. Room #1
B. Room #2
E. Room #3
F. Living Room
We can meet the increasing need to provide quality science education to youth.
We can develop citizens with the necessary critical thinking skills to serve as future leaders.
We can build a place to inspire at Keystone Science School.
Please consider joining us by making an investment in science education and future leaders. Your gift will ensure that Keystone Science School can continue to impact thousands of youth and educators each year.
There are many ways you can give: cash, stock, or other assets. You can give today or make a pledge over several years. All gifts to Keystone Science School are tax-deductible.
We welcome a conversation with you to answer your questions and discuss more about how you can be a part of the future at Keystone Science School.
-Howard and Sue Carver
Summit County Residents
We support many educational and children's initiatives but believe that KSS helps to fill an educational niche not covered by most other organizations. To ensure KSS has the leadership and outstanding staff it needs, and facilities to appropriately offer its programs, we support the current capital campaign.
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