Aspen High School experiential education community outreach |

Aspen High School experiential education community outreach

Erica Robbie
The Aspen Times
Aspen High School students and teachers in downtown Aspen Friday talked about the school's experiential education program to passersby.
Erica Robbie/The Aspen Times |

Nearly 20 Aspen High School students hit the streets Friday to inform the community on their experiential-education — better known as “ex-ed” — program.

Aspen High School language teachers and ex-ed leaders Eric Lamb and Alex Reginelli led the group around town from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The crew started in the pedestrian mall and dispersed into smaller groups, approaching random passersby and store cashiers with the question, “Do you know about Aspen’s ex-ed program?”

And for the those who didn’t know about Aspen High School’s ex-ed program, here’s what the students would tell them:

The courses range from local to out of state as well as backcountry and urban programs.

Examples of recent and future trips include a cycling course around the San Francisco Bay Area, a service course in the Bronx, New York, a 40-mile backpacking loop around the Flattops Wilderness, a local study of the Roaring Fork Valley’s waterways, a local 3-D printing course and a five-day river course through Cataract Canyon.

“Aspen High School teachers design and lead (experiential education) courses that incorporate a physical, social, academic and altruistic component,” Lamb said.

The high school’s ex-ed trips began as early as Friday, and will last as late Sept. 27.