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    Outdoor Education Center


    Efficient Appliances
    • Kitchen appliances are Energy Star certified and use 20-30% less energy than standard appliances
    • Lights are motion-sensored
      • Placards explaining sustainable practices throughout building
      • All-gender bathroom
      • Bathrooms have compostable brown hand towels
        Sustainable Materials
        • Floors in the kitchen and the bathrooms are made from renewable, natural linseed oil as opposed to petroleum-based vinyl linoleum
        • The tile in the bathroom and kitchen is made from natural clay and recycled glass, rather than virgin glass.
        • Our deck is made of 95% recycled plastic and is resistant to water and weathering, which means it will last longer than traditional wood
        • Our tables in our meeting rooms & cabinets are made from bamboo
        • Our cabinets are made from bamboo
        • The gear house display and check-out table was made from a silver oak that was cut down on campus, wheat-board (wheat husks), and pine beetle kill boards.
        • Hardwood floors were refinished
        • Crown molding was maintained instead of being replaced
        • Floors in the basement repurposed the 100+ year old concrete and simply grinded and polished them as opposed to putting a new material down
        • 120 year old marble bathtub was repurposed to be the fireplace insert in the main boardroom.  
        Recycled Materials
        • Whiteboards are made from recycled glass instead of plastic, which requires fossil fuels to produce
        • All of the cork boards in offices are also made from recycled rubber
        • Our deck furniture is made of recycled skis and snowboards, a great way of repurposing old outdoor equipment
        • The kitchen countertops are made from recycled glass bottles
        • The office furniture was repurposed from a business that no longer had a use for them
        • Low-flow toilets and faucets

        • Meditation walk that goes around our building that incorporates 3 different ecosystems that are found throughout the state of Colorado
        • Xeriscape around the building is made up of all native and drought tolerant plants
        •  Plants watered using reclaimed water through a drip irrigation system
          Bulk Food Pantry
          • Quality organic bulk food at affordable prices
          • Helps trips eat healthy while reducing unnecessary food waste and packaging
          • Bag maker helps ensure exact proportions size and are a reusable source
            The Ahlberg Gear House
            • Focus on Reusing
            • The Repair center offers a sewing machine, as well as ski tuning/waxing, and backpack repair
            • Intentions behind our retail aim to cut down on emissions
            • Recycling fuel bottles properly, hosting a gear swap, and having a guide book library and maps for tools are some ways the Gear House aims to be green
            The Ritt Kellogg Climbing Wall
            • Repurpose retired ropes
            • Implement reusable route description cards
            • Equipment free to borrow for students
            • Sanitizer offered at Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym
            • Vinegar is used to clean holds
            • Reused water is also used for cleaning purposes
              The Co-op: Bike & Ski
              • Teaches others how to repair their own bikes and skis
              • Reuse/recycle tubes
              • Donate extra materials to art department

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              Outdoor Education Summit

              Summit has our updated trips, skills development courses, & certifications. 
              You can also apply for our Mentorship Program.

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              Facility Hours

              Outdoor Education Center
              Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

              To keep our staff safe, we are trying to limit the number of drop-in visitors to the building. Please contact us by phone or email to set up an appointment. Thank you!

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              The Ahlberg Gear House, Bike & Ski Co-op, and Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym are now open with limited operations.  Please visit each facility page for more information regarding hours and precautionary measures.

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              Please email if you need assistance or have any questions.

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              Phone: (719) 389-6803


              Building Address: 
              931 N. Nevada Ave
              Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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