Opportunities for field-based learning in lower school are designed as an intentional progression, gradually venturing further from school and home, to take advantage of nearby resources. All lower school students visit Walking Mountains Science Center and the Vilar Center for performing arts, located close by in Avon. Overnight stays are introduced in third grade when students and teachers have a sleepover at VMS focused on building community and character. In fourth grade, they travel to Denver and spend the night at the Zoo as an extension of their science curriculum. Finally, in fifth grade, the destination is again Denver, but for three days and two nights. They visit the U.S. Mint, Colorado State House, History Colorado Museum, and Denver Nature and Science Museum. This gradual, intentional progression sets the stage for the more involved and challenging adventures to come in middle and upper school.