Homeschool Outdoor Education Days

Are you homeschooling? Add a day at IdRaHaJe into your curriculum!

Fall 2021- Registration Now Open

IdRaHaJe’s Mountain Lab School (MLS) has been running Christian outdoor education programs since 1983.  In fall of 2020, we kicked off a new program called IdRaHaJe Homeschool Days which we are bringing back in 2021!  We will offer several Homeschool Days for K-12 students with unique experiences for each age group. Our curriculum is custom built, biblically based and hands-on. Participants will experience 2 outdoor education classes each day and we will provide lunch.  Let us teach your child for the day!

Cost: 

  • Students: $38-$48 (Cost includes 4-hours of supervised instruction and lunch.)
  • Attending Parents/Chaperones: $8/day (Cost includes lunch- does not include activities.)

Basic Schedule:

  • Check-in/Student Drop-off:  9:30 AM
  • Orientation:  9:45-10:00
  • Program 1:  10:00-12:00
  • Lunch:  12:00-12:45
  • Program 2:  12:45-2:45
  • Check-out/Student Pick-up:  2:45 PM
  • IdRaHaJe Stores Open at Gym:  2:45-3:15

Program Offerings by Date 

Grades K-2=Ages 5-7, Grades 3-5=Ages 8-10, Grades 5-7=Ages 10-12, Grades 7-12=Ages 12-18

Friday, September 10th

K-2 $38 Wild about Wildlife & Terrific Trees
3-5 $38 Archery & Climbing
3-6 $48 Horsemanship & Archery
5-7 $38 Rappelling & Riflery
7-12 $38 Climbing & Horsemanship
8-12 $48 Intro to Mountain Biking (See FAQ’s for more info)

Monday, September 20th

K-2 $38 Splash! All about Water & Hike through Nature
3-5 $48 Archery & Horsemanship
5-7 $48 Horsemanship & Survival:  Fire Building
7-12 $38 Rappelling 2 (includes a 2 mile round trip hike to rappelling site.)

Friday, October 1st

K-2 $38 Climb Time & Terrific Trees
3-5 $38 Nature Hike & Climbing
5-7 $38 Rappelling (30 ft) & Animal Tracking
8-12 $38 Team Ropes Course & Archery

Wednesday, October 27

K-2 $38 Treasure Hunt & Pioneer Days
3-5 $38 Survival: Shelter Building & Animal Habitats
5-7 $38 Archery & Climbing
7-12 $38 Ultimate Survival

Thursday, October 28

K-2 $38 Wild about Wildlife & Survival Basics
3-5 $38 Pioneer Studies & Archery
5-7 $38 Geology & Team Building Challenge
7-12 $38 Climbing 1 & 2

Friday, October 29

K-2 $38 Climb Time & Hike through Nature
3-5 $48 Riflery & Geology
5-7 $38 Animal Habitat & Bouldering
7-12 $38 Team Ropes Course & Nature Hike

Friday, November 5th

K-2 $38 Treasure Hunt & Survival Basics
3-5 $48 Erosion & Climbing
6-8 $38 Riflery & High Ropes Course
7-12 $38 Ultimate Survival

Click HERE for a description of each class we offer.

*Program offerings subject to change due to weather, staffing, lack of student interest or other unforeseen events.

Online Registration Details for All

ALL participants, students and participating parents, must complete this process.

  • Select “Register” from IdRaHaJe’s homepage (idrahaje.org) and then create an account or log-in
  • Choose “Schools-2021 Mountain Lab School” and start your “application”
  • On Step 1, sign up each participant, including parent chaperones
  • On Step 2, add the correct “IdRaHaJe Homeschool Day” to your cart and choose the correct “Session Options” for each participant
  • Step 3 requires you to fill out required forms for each participant
  • Steps 4 & 5 involve payment-you must pay to secure your spot

Questions?  Need help registering?  Call 303-838-5668.

Must be registered one week in advance to guarantee participation. Registration directions included below. View our COVID-19 Response HERE.

If you are part of a homeschool co-op and want to schedule a customized day for a group of 10 or more students, please click HERE.

FAQs

What should I expect when I arrive at IdRaHaJe?

IdRaHaJe’s staff will assist you for check-in and will direct you to your child(ren)’s group leader.  Groups will be no larger than 10 students per leader.  IdRaHaJe staff will provide supervision and instruction for the entirety of the day.  Almost all programs involve outdoor and active components.  It is imperative that students are dressed appropriately for the weather. Check out our  packing listDuring the pandemic, IdRaHaJe will be following the guidance provided by our local health department, Park County.

What do parents do?

Parents have a choice of either staying to help as a chaperone or dropping off their child(ren) for the day. Parents who serve as chaperones must complete the online registration process.  We ask parents to pay for their lunch which costs $8.  If you sign-up, we ask that you commit to assisting our staff with managing behavior and supporting student learning for the entire day. We cannot guarantee that parents will be able to participate in activities.  If you have multiple children and plan to stay, please plan on assisting only one age group for each day. If you don’t want to stay or are unable to stay, it is fine to drop your child off with our vetted and trained staff.  We will insure your child is supervised.  Please respect all drop-off and pick up times.

I have children under 5; can I bring them with me and still act as a chaperone?

Unfortunately, we cannot have parent chaperones also supervising their younger children as we have found it to be a distraction to our group leaders and the overall learning experience.  You are welcome to spend the day exploring Bailey with your younger child.

Can I “hang out” at IdRaHaJe while my child participates in the field trip?

Due to the safety of all our guests and government guidelines, we ask that parents who are not fully signed up as chaperones find somewhere other than IdRaHaJe to spend the day.  If you need ideas on what to do in Bailey, please contact us at mls@idrahaje.org.

 My child is supposed to be in 5th grade age-wise but is doing 7th grade work.  Can I register them for the 6th-8th grade group?

We realize that many home school students work at their own pace which can create discrepancies between age and traditional grade levels.  Please email mls@idrahaje.org if you have a question about which group to sign your child up for.  Many of our activities require a certain level of physical maturity and development.

Can I trust the IdRaHaJe staff and their equipment?

The safety of your child is the number one priority at IdRaHaJe.  All safety equipment is checked regularly (climbing, rappelling, etc.).  IdRaHaJe staff are carefully chosen, highly trained and thoroughly vetted with background checks.

We have food allergies.  Can you accommodate this?

Our food service team is able to provide substitutions for those needing gluten free, vegetarian and dairy free options.  We do require a $2/meal upgrade fee for overnight guests requesting one of these options.  If you have any questions about our menus, feel free to email foodservice@idrahaje.org.

Colorado spring weather can be crazy.  What is your plan for cold and snowy days?

Many classes have indoor elements and some classes can be taught fully indoors.  If the class is designed to be fully outdoors, we will have outdoor heaters available and a designated indoor space where students can warm up.  We do strongly encourage students wear appropriate winter gear and pack handwarmers on colder days. Check out our packing list.

*What can I expect from the Intro to Mountain Biking course?

If you sign up for the Intro to Mountain Biking Course, IdRaHaJe will completely outfit you with a Scott front-suspension mountain bike, a helmet and a biking water bottle.  (We ask that you do not bring your own bike, but it is fine to bring your own biking helmet and waterbottle or Camelback.)  Instruction will start at IdRaHaJe teaching mountain biking basics like understanding the parts of the bike, shifting gears, braking and navigating around simple objects.  The group will then load up with sack lunches and head to Stuanton State Park, which is only 10 minutes aways from IdRaHaJe.  Students will get a chance to ride between 3-6 miles on Staunton’s mountainous trails.  Our guides are trained in mountain biking instruction and Wilderness First Aid.

 Other Questions?  Contact us at mls@idrahaje.org or by calling 303-838-5668.