Balarat Outdoor Education provides instruction to Denver Public Schools students in environmental studies, western history, and outdoor leadership skills.
Balarat operates throughout the school year, facilitating outdoor learning by providing instructional materials, resource teachers, special outdoor learning sites, management of transportation, and housing and food service for overnight/residential excursions.
Balarat excursions have become an integral part of the Denver Public Schools’ curriculum. Although participation in Balarat outdoor learning excursion is not mandated, Balarat serves over 430 class, or approximately 10,000 students each year. Program activities are planned for each grade level and for the special interests/needs of each class.
Balarat Outdoor Education Center has been part of Denver Public Schools since the late 1960s.
We provide students with learning opportunities in Colorado’s outdoor environments. We foster growth of the whole child and strengthen classroom connections through experiences that link learners to the natural world.
Our Shared Values
Growth: We seek out new and challenging experiences that build confidence and perspective
Experiential: We engage our students in experiential education to ignite curiosity and provide opportunities for discovery
Natural World: We foster a connection with nature. At Balarat, nature is the teacher, and the learning is authentic.
Inclusive: Balarat is a safe and welcoming learning environment for students and staff of all backgrounds and ability
Collaboration: From program governance to student participation, Balarat seeks to empower individuals and to build respectful communities.