Forming the Youth of Tomorrow through Adventure and Learning

Why Summit School?

It is no secret that youth come alive in the outdoors!  Especially in the wake of COVID-19 and quarantine, adventure and learning in the mountains bring students out of themselves.  Not only do they learn about nature, wonder, and the value of working together; they also learn so much about themselves!  But don’t listen to us!  Hear from those who have come to the Summit School themselves!!

Click the image to the left for a full summary of the JPII Outdoor Lab program in PDF form – ready to easily shared with fellow teachers and parents!

What Others are Saying!

"Everything exceeded my expectations. I was just very impressed with how great all the leaders and staff were. Would absolutely come back!"

-Julie, chaperone

"I have become more attentive towards nature. I used to think it was boring, but now it is beautiful to me. I also learned that everybody is unique in their own way."

-Austin, 6th grade student

Program Synopsis

Three Day Program

Includes Three Optional 2.5-hour Lessons and 1 Hike | $225/student

Every Program Includes:

  • Lodging & Meals
  • Field Instructor for each small group of 10-12 students
  • Lessons:
    • Low Ropes and Team Building
    • Hike at Camp Saint Malo or Rocky Mountain National Park
    • Astronomy* & Night Hike

*when available, includes a visit to Estes Park Memorial Observatory

Optional 2.5-hour Lessons

  • Animal Survival
  • Botany & Pollination
  • Colors of Creation 
  • Elk Ecology & Environmental Stewardship
  • Forestry
  • Geology & Mining
  • Human Wilderness Survival
  • Low Ropes & Leadership
  • Mountain Meteorology
  • Orienteering
  • Water Conservation & Dynamics

COVID-19 and the Summit School


Annunciation Heights abides by all current directives of the State of CO and Larimer County, as well as industry standards, to keep you, your class, and your school safe!  We believe that we can do this while also offering a dynamic, engaging program:

  • For all programs:
    • Schools will come to camp as singular units, housed as such with their own bathrooms.  
    • Schools will be housed and fed with only their school and will not mix with any other groups
    • Our land and facilities allow us the flexibility to do much of our instruction and activities outside or in our open-air pavilion.  
    • Annunciation Heights has implemented a rigorous sanitization plan to keep guests and staff as healthy as we can. 

During your time at camp, there will be appropriate regulations in place to allow for social distancing and to minimize risk of exposure – in accordance with state/county health direction and industry best practice.  While participating in specific activities or events, you may be asked to wear a mask.  Nevertheless, we will do everything possible to minimize the affect of these regulations on your family.

We are hopeful and excited about the Summit School in this environment.  Yes, the situation in CO surrounding COVID-19 is ever-changing, and as such, developments will occur in the coming weeks and month.  Hence, all programming is fully contingent on current industry guidance and state/county regulation. Many thanks for trusting us as we look forward to not only keeping you healthy but also having a ton of fun while learning a lot this fall!

Meet the Awesome Staff and Missionary Field Instructors

We believe that what makes for an awesome outdoor education experience are awesome staff who are passionate, energetic, and fun!  Click below to meet the men and women of Annunciation Heights, who can’t wait to serve your class or your family!

If you have questions about registration, please give us a call at 970-586-5689 or email Catherine Wurts at catherine.wurts@annunciationheights.org today!