Colorado Sustainability Summer'mester

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The mountains of Colorado are the perfect backdrop for an awe-inspiring summer course of living and learning in the mountains.

This brand new program is currently in development with program partners.

Colorado is well known for its gorgeous mountains, crystal clear lakes, and extraordinary outdoor opportunities. Students on this program will of course explore the natural wonders of Colorado and will dive deep into an exploration of the environmental justice efforts on the Colorado plateau. Students will actively participate in service projects in collaboration with sustainable organizations in the fields of agriculture, natural building, renewable energy, and water while completing the program with a student-centric action plan to bring back home.

On this program, students have the opportunity to earn up to 6 college credits.


Trekking, rafting, exploring, across the breathtaking landscapes of Colorado.

Immerse yourself in sustainability projects with community partners dedicated to building a more sustainable and equitable future. You’ll dive deep into wildlife conservation, permaculture, mountain farming, eco-justice, and natural building.

Earn up to 6 college credits as you explore key issues in sustainability, outdoor pursuits, and social justice.

Design your own Personal Action Plan to bring to your own community to become a leader in local sustainability.


Program Details
June 27, 2021 - July 25, 2021
Starting/Ending Point
Denver, Colorado, USA
Learning Goals
Sustainability, Natural Building, Climate Science,Outdoor skills, trekking, leadership, construction
Service Hours Earned
20-40 hours
Language Requirement
High 85° F, Low 45°F
Group Size
up to 18 Students, 2 U.S. Leaders
Spaces Available
Variety, American and International
Program Fee
$6,595, option to earn college credit
Airfare is not included in the tuition. Roundtrip airfare within the US will be between $200 and $600. Students can earn 3-6 college credits. Each 3-credit course is $1,195.
Camping, Guest House, Hostels, Rented homes

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Your Journey
Days 1 - 5: Orientation and Trekking the Rockies

After a short flight, you’ll meet up with your team in Denver and travel to the heart of the Colorado Rockies, a breathtaking region that shines in the summer season. You’ll jump into program orientation right away, getting to know your group and building group dynamics while exploring the mountains, rivers, and valleys of this gorgeous region. Summit a Colorado peak, raft the great rivers of the Rockies, and explore the mountain ecosystems that you’ll be investigating this summer. Have a blast cooking and playing under the gorgeous starry evening skies.

Days 6 - 24: Learning, Service, Sustainability Immersion

The heart of this program is a deep study into mountain ecology and environmental justice in the Colorado Rockies. You’ll partner with some of the most innovative permaculture, farming, alternative energy, and natural building projects in the country and serve on community projects. Along the way you’ll gain a deep understanding of environment and sustainability practices in Colorado and have the opportunity to earn college credit!

Days 25-29: Final Travel Adventures

Final Travel is all about tying a bow on your incredible experience. You’ll be adventuring in Colorado, exploring mountains and rivers on a rafting or mountain biking expedition. You’ll work with your group and leaders to truly digest the life-changing experience you’ve encountered, and learn how to take the tools and lessons you’ve gained back to your home-life. You’ll build your own sustainability action plan that will be a conduit for your future as positive global citizen.


Over two decades of experience has demonstrated to us that providing financial aid awards increases the diversity of our student body and thus the depth and quality of our programs. Global Routes strives to make our programs accessible to students who otherwise, due to financial reasons, would not have the opportunity to contribute their energy and special gifts to our projects.

We offer aid packages of between 10% and 50% off tuition, which is exclusive of airfare.

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