Homeschool Days

Outdoor Education Experiences Through the Mountain Lab School

Homeschool & Community Outdoor Education Days

Add a day at IdRaHaJe into your school year!

IdRaHaJe’s Mountain Lab School (MLS) has been running Christian outdoor education programs since 1983.  Each fall and spring, we offer several Homeschool Days with unique experiences for each age group. Our curriculum is custom built, biblically based, hands-on and open to the public including Platte Canyon School District Families who now have Fridays available. Participants will experience 2 outdoor education classes each day and we will provide lunch.  Let us teach your child for the day!

Cost: 

  • Students: $47 or $57 with Horse Care 
    • Cost includes 4-hours of supervised instruction and lunch.
    • A $10 deposit is required to secure a spot. Additional payments can be made toward your balance through the online registration portal. The remaining balance is due one week prior to arrival.
  • Attending Parents/Chaperones: Optional $11 for IdRaHaJe Lunch
  • $2 Special Dietary Upcharge for GF, DF & Veg Requests

Basic Schedule:

  • Check-in: 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
  • Student Pick-up:  2:45 PM
  • Souvenir Store Open at Gym:  2:45-3:15

Spring 2024 Programs, Fees & Dates

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    Ages Cost Classes
    5-7 $47 Pioneer Days & Wild About Wildlife OR  Climb Time (Indoors) & Nature Explorers
    8-10 $47/$57 Animal Tracking & Climbing (Indoors) OR Archery Basics & Horse Care
    11-14 $57/$47 Horse Care & Nature Photography OR Riflery (BB Guns & Gun Safety) & High Ropes Course
    Dates: Monday, February 5th & Friday, February 16th

  • Ages Cost Classes
    5-7 $47 Treasure Hunt & Survival Basics OR Terrific Trees & Climb Time
    8-10 $57/$47 Horse Care & Pioneer Studies OR Nature Hike/Crafting & Archery Basics
    11-14 $57/$47 Archery & Horse Care OR Climbing 2 (Learn to Belay) & Bouldering
    Dates: Monday, March 4th & Friday, March 15th

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    Ages Cost Classes
    5-7 $47 Nature Explorers & Treasure Hunt OR Survival Basics & Climb Time (Indoors)
    8-10 $47/$57 Climbing (Indoors) & Geology OR Horse Care & Nature Photography
    11-14 $47/$57 Pioneer Studies & Survival Skills-Fire Building OR Animal Tracking & Horse Care
    Date: Monday, March 25th

Experience Easter Day *NEW!

Ages 5-17; Cost: $30
Check-in: 9:30 AM; Pick-up: 2:45 PM

Join us for a special day where students will rotate through age-appropriate stations leading to a deeper understanding of the Easter Story.  The day will involve hiking, God’s creation, adventure, Bible Study, worship, a Gospel-Centered Magic Show, crafts and lunch.

Date: Thursday, March 28th

 

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    Ages Cost Classes
    5-7 $47 Friendship Games & Pioneer Days OR Incredible Insects & Climb Time
    8-10 $57/$47 Horse Care & Survival Skills-Shelter Building OR Climbing & Erosion (4/5) Climbing & Archery (4/16)
    11-14 $47/$57 Orienteering & Rappelling (30 ft.) OR Team Building Challenge & Horse Care
    Dates: Friday, April 5th & Tuesday, April 16th

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

Online Registration

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

  • Click on the Register Now link below or go to https://idrahaje.campbrainregistration.com/
  • Create an account or sign in
  • Choose “Schools Groups & Homeschoolers” 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 at least a $10 deposit to secure your spot

Need help registering?  Call 303-838-5668.

Must be registered one week in advance to guarantee participation. View our COVID-19 Response.

If you are part of a homeschool co-op and want to schedule a customized day for a group of 10 or more students, visit our Group Leaders Information Page.

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 either pack their own lunch or pay for an IdRaHaJe provided one.  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 class period. 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?

IdRaHaJe kitchens are completely nut free. Our food service team is able to provide substitutions for those needing gluten free, vegetarian and dairy free options for a $2 upgrade.  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 is your cancellation policy?

We ask that you cancel 1 week prior to your booking for a full refund.  If you cancel between 1 to 6 days prior to your booking, we will retain 30% of your total fee to cover our food and staffing costs unless a transfer is made to a different day.  Any cancellation made within 24 hours will not be refunded unless the program can be rescheduled, or the cancellation is due to impassable roads or a family emergency.

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