Outdoor Experiential Learning (OEL) Program

Ridgway Secondary School

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Week Without Walls Hiking

Week Without Walls

Week Without Walls (WWW) is an exclusive opportunity offered to students in grades 6th through 12th. It provides a chance for our students to step outside the traditional classroom setting and engage in meaningful experiences that promote personal growth and learning.

During Week Without Walls, students participate in carefully planned trips and activities designed to nurture positive relationships, inclusivity among classmates, and leadership opportunities. These annual excursions aim to enhance recreational skills while encouraging reflection and independence among our students.

We believe that Week Without Walls offers more than just a break from routine. It's an opportunity for our students to form lasting friendships, develop essential life skills, and gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the changing world around them.

Discover the 2023 Week Without Walls experiences shared by our students to learn more about the program:

Day Trips

Day trips are designed as extensions of academic content, intended to enhance our students' learning experiences. Teachers can lead the educational component independently, collaborate with external educators or agencies for further enrichment, or visit sites offering comprehensive educational programming. This approach ensures a comprehensive and enriching academic experience for our students.

Uncompahgre River

Dr. Topper leading 10th grade biology students outside to analyze the health of our local river through hands-on learning.

Riverbottom Park

Mr. Row's High School Outdoor Education class river surfing at Riverbottom Park. Montrose Surf and Kayak provided instructions on water safety and surfing as well as providing wetsuits, PFDs, and helmets. 


11th grade trip to Mayflower Gold Mill

Mr. Nelson's 11th grade earth science students learning about how minerals were mined at the Old Hundred Gold Mine and refining at a private tour of the Mayflower Mill.

Middle School Winter Adventure Days

The ice skating group hitting the outdoor ice rink at Telluride Town Park, the snowshoeing group navigating Miller Mesa, and XC skiing group making tracks on the Valley Floor Trail.

9th Grade Learn to Ice Climb

Freshman up on the ice at Ouray Ice Park. Thank you to Basecamp Ouray.