Yampatika’s mission is to inspire environmental stewardship through education. Our main goal, broadly defined, is to develop environmental learning opportunities that serve the children and adults of Northwest Colorado. Established in 1992, Yampatika continues to be the only non-profit organization that offers a continuum of educational services to children and adults ranging in age from pre-K to senior citizens in Routt, Moffat and Jackson Counties.
Yampatika is part of a statewide and national movement to create systemic change in our school system. Working with the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education, we intend to advance environmental literacy in our state. Our 20 year history of providing environmental education programming and teacher trainings to local school has uniquely positioned us to create a model environmental literacy program in Routt County. The program, “No Child Left Inside: A Curriculum for Place-based Education in Routt County” reaches four school districts and nearly 1,000 students per school year at the K-5 level. Results indicate that it is helping students achieve academically and increasing their propensity towards environmental stewardship.
Each year Yampatika’s environmental education programs reach nearly 15,000 youth and adults. Our programs provide people safe, enjoyable, and educational outdoor activities that instill a sense of environmental stewardship.
Yampatika’s offices are currently located in the US Forest Service Building in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where we have a small Nature Center. Center visitors can view displays of local wildlife and cultural artifacts.
We like to say that we are small but mighty. Our operations grow and shrink seasonally and at any given time we may have up to ten people on staff, or as few as five. Like many other non-profit organizations, we are forever indebted to the hundreds of volunteers who contribute thousands of hours to Yampatika each year.