Dawson is committed to engaging students to use their minds and bodies as they learn about the world around them through direct experience and reflection. They travel, investigate, and come to fully appreciate countless aspects of nature, culture, history, science, language, and more.

It begins in kindergarten with regular field trips and progresses to overnight trips and then week-long class trips in Middle and Upper School. An overnight Lower School excursion might be to the Denver Zoo where students use night-vision goggles to observe animals in the dark, or to the Plains Conservation Center, where they spend two days livings as Native Americans and pioneers did years ago.

Our all-school Winterim program is a week when students engage in special thematic learning programs, both on and away from campus, depending on grade level. By seventh grade, a student’s Winterim experience might well take place outside of the country. But whether in town, across the country, or around the globe, students often recall Winterim as life-changing.

These experiences are a key way that Dawson fulfills the vision it has for its students: that our graduates are young men and women who achieve their individual potential, savor life, and meet the challenges of the world.

Experiential Education

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    Melissa Barker 

    US Science/Director of Experiential Education
    Middlebury College - B.A.
    University of Northern Colorado - M.A.
  • Photo of Chris Schuhmann

    Chris Schuhmann 

    Challenge Course Manager
    University of Kentucky - B.A.
    University of Colorado - M.A.