Enrichment Trips

Enrichment Trips

Boulder Country Day School values enrichment education as a vital part of our school experience. Whether bringing topic specialists, community leaders, artists or  athletes to campus or having our students leave school for field trips and overnights, our goal is to help our students make genuine connections between their classroom learning and the community around them.  Experiential, hands-on learning that connects to classroom studies is one of the many pedagogies employed at BCD and one that we use to diversify our robust curriculum.
BCD’s Preschool through 8th grade classes participate in carefully chosen and organized field trips every year.  These trips provide added value by helping students make meaningful connections outside of their daily learning.  Trips are linked to classroom activity whether it be a preschool trip to the pumpkin patch, a 2nd grade trip to the Butterfly Museum, a 3rd grade trip to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the 5th grade viewing of BCD parent-made movie Chasing Ice or the Middle School trip to the Da Vinci Exhibit in Denver.  Field Trips are also a great way for BCD parents to get involved with BCD as they are often invited to accompany students on the trips.
In addition to guest speakers and day trips, BCD also provides opportunities for extended enrichment for students in 4th-8th grades.  These trips, support classroom learning and create real-world connections. These trips also provide opportunities for team-building, leadership training and character development. 

Fourth Grade

Fourth graders attend a one-day program at Cal-Wood. Students may participate in the Pioneer Days program that extends the literature genre of historical fiction/westward expansion, or they may do pond studies, which provides hand-on experiences extending the science curriculum. Team building activities and hiking round out the day.

5th Grade

In September the fifth grade classes enthusiastically participate in an overnight trip to Cal-Wood Education Center. Cal-Wood is 15 miles northwest of Boulder, and is at an elevation of 7,800 feet. It is a private outdoor learning center with over 1, 000 acres of land available for student educational opportunities.

While there, students participate in a variety of activities. They experience life at a traditional Native American tipi, learn how to navigate using a compass, and work cooperatively to solve group challenges. During the evening sessions, students participate in storytelling, and each cabin group creates and performs a skit that explains a question from nature. This is a fabulous experience for our fifth graders and they look forward to this event every year with great anticipation.

Middle School: Co-Curricular Field Trips

6th, 7th and 8th Grade

All middle school students attend an outdoor education excursion together and spend three days and two nights at a local camp. While there, they study topics which correlate to their grade level science classes, including geology, ecology, and meteorology. This outdoor program takes place in October and allows students to experience and hike in our wonderful Rocky Mountain National Park. In addition to the extended class work, students experience team building activities and community interaction.

8th Grade

The eighth grade takes a one-week journey to Washington, D.C. in late spring to visit the nation's capital and to learn more about the history of our nation through the use of museums, monuments, and historic tours.  Managed by a professional tour company, and chaperoned by middle school teachers, this fun, educational trip is a highlight of the year for all 8th grade students.
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Boulder Country Day School, where academic distinction meets education with character. BCD is a top-rated, accredited private school in Boulder, Colorado where every child has the opportunity to discover his or her own unique excellence. Distinguished by small class sizes, outstanding faculty, rigorous curriculum and a focus on community, our preschool, elementary and IB middle school teachers strive to create a well-rounded educational environment that balances traditional subjects with the arts, world languages, athletics and project-based learning.