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, In fourth grade, students participate in a fall hut trip at one of the 10th Mountain Division huts, exploring their natural environment, building teamwork and learning wilderness skills. Finally, in fifth grade, the destination is Denver where they spend three days and two nights visting the U.S. Mint, 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.