Outdoor Education & Adventure

Backpacking 101

Get into nature and get away from the crowds! Backpacking is your ticket. We'll start with the basics, discussing the importance of proper planning, equipment selection, and packing for a multi-day outing. This is the perfect primer for a backcountry adventure!

Come to Your Senses!

Join us for a fun sensory experience of Nature as we walk the beautiful landscape of Sylvan Dale Ranch. What do you hear? What can you see? Connecting with our senses is a wonderful way to ground ourselves, relax, and enjoy the sometimes surprising discoveries that can come when we're fully present.

Star Party

During the warmer months (and for special events during the cold ones), the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society holds public observation nights at Sylvan Dale Ranch. Open, dark skies full of wonder await! You can observe the Universe with the telescopes fur

Star Party

During the warmer months (and for special events during the cold ones), the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society holds public observation nights at Sylvan Dale Ranch. Open, dark skies full of wonder await! You can observe the Universe with the telescopes furnished (or bring your own!). NCAS volunteers will show off celestial objects while describing the objects you are viewing....

Beginner Rock Climbing

This program is designed to get you up and climbing right away! We will cover climbing safety, equipment, belay technique, and movement in a top rope setting. After covering the basics we’ll climb Sylvan Dale’s top rope routes overlooking the Big Thompson river!