Osprey's in the Wild: AHS Students Break in New Kelty Gear
AHS Ospreys love it when their curriculum takes them outside into the wilderness. And thanks to the generous sponsorship of Colorado-based recreation company Kelty, our outdoor experiences are now supported by state-of-the-art camping gear.
Kelty, a company based out of Boulder, has donated over $3000 worth of tents, sleeping bags, canopies, and camping chairs to help Ospreys get outside in style.
This partnership was orchestrated by Digital Arts teacher and outdoor enthusiast Roxy McKnight, who first reached out to Kelty in 2018 when the freshman class took a three-day field trip to Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona. While planning the excursion, Roxy realized that not all kids have camping equipment of their own. She was motivated to collaborate with an organization that could fill this gap. According to Roxy, “Kelty was stoked to be able to sponsor a small town rural school like Animas. Their mission aligns pretty well with our vision of getting kids out of the classroom and into nature as often as possible to fully take it in!”
Kelty rep Melissa Clymer shared, “Kelty chose to partner with AHS because we feel that your goal to get out and enjoy our beautiful wilderness is important.” Kelty started an initiative called Cure for the Common Kid that seeks to expand access to outdoor recreation to people who may otherwise lack opportunity. “As a team, we spent a lot of time debating what Kelty’s cause should be. In the end, we agreed that it starts with the youth. We want to help families, kids, schools, and organizations get outside for any kind of adventure, breathing in the fresh air, and grow up appreciating the outdoors,” Clymer explained. “The fact that you live in Colorado, and [did] not have the assets to comfortably get outside for day trips, overnights, or more, hit home for us. Our world is a playground and everyone deserves to get out there.”
Ospreys have already put the equipment to great use during fall semester. The sophomores broke in the gear during their camping trip to Junction Creek in September. This experience gave students an opportunity to get to know each other better and bond with their teachers through fun activities such as rappelling, fly fishing, and mindfulness art.
Beyond just fun in the woods, teachers often like to connect their project-based curriculum to outdoor experiences. Advanced Digital Arts students used the gear to camp in the fall colors of the Santa Fe Mountains while exploring the art scene, including Meow Wolf and a variety of other graphic design exhibits. In October, seniors went to Chaco Canyon to learn more about the effects of fracking on the land and the people as part of their Environmental Justice project. The Kelty gear makes trips like this easier to plan and execute, giving teachers and students more equitable access to outdoor experiences.
On behalf of the Animas community, the Quill extends an enormous thank you to Kelty for their sponsorship and support. We look forward to many more amazing recreational and educational experiences in Colorado’s natural beauty.
By Diego Pagan