Christian students hit the great outdoors |

Christian students hit the great outdoors

Cindy Ramunno Special to the Daily
Vail Daily/Melinda KruseEagle Valley Christian Academy third- and fourth-graders take to the course at the Vail Nordic Center on Thursday for their outdoor education class.

Eagle Valley Christian Academy is located on Highway 6 in Eagle-Vail – but that will change when its new facility opens late this year or early next.

The academy has 94 students in preschool through eighth grade and has been open for about eight years. Admissions coordinator Becki Vancuren says that the class sizes are much smaller than the typical school, with the maximum at Eagle Valley Christian Academy being 16 to a class.

“Financial aid and scholarships are also available through the school, and we welcome visitors,” says Vancuren. Most of the eighth-graders go on to Vail Christian High School, but there is also a small percentage that head to Battle Mountain High School.

That’s not all that’s encouraged. This year, instructor Donna Robinson launched the second year of outdoor education at the school. Students participate in various outdoor activities, including snowshoeing, tracking, learning avalanche safety and spending time in the mountains.

Robinson was a former instructor for the Outdoor Leadership School and the Teton Science School. “For the avalanche safety course, we are partnering with the Gore Range Science School,” Vancuren says.

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The students participate in the program every Thursday in February and March. Students at the school say the program gets them outdoors more and allows them to take advantage of wintertime in the Vail Valley at times other than the weekend.

Along with cross country skiing, the kids have so far been snowshoeing and ice skating. The avalanche training is scheduled for Feb. 19, and that course may provide at least a little relief for parents who know their children will be exploring the mountains more and more extensively as they get older.

To visit the school or for enrollment information, or for more information on outdoor education, call Vancuren at 845-0783 ext. 104.

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