BEACON provides a unique aspect to our enrichment programming by taking advantage of what is in our own backyard and utilizing our natural environment to provide hands-on learning and skill building. BEACON partners with the Park Service, BLM, U.S Forest Service, USGS, Forestry Fire & State Lands, and local outdoor recreation businesses to offer clubs and activities that many students experience for the first time through their enrollment in our program.
In addition to inspiring a new generation of local youth by involving them in the outdoor recreation activities that many come from all over the world for, we are also working hard to teach them to be invested in their local landscape and environment. We achieve this by partnering with local education organizations and community experts to educate our participants about the many facets of our local surroundings- the rock, plants, and unique species that live here. BEACON also initiates a focus on more broad nature-based topics in some of our clubs such as gardening, bugs, astronomy, and more.
If you are interested in supporting one of our outdoor and environmental education-based clubs, please contact us!
Rock Climbing Club
Where Grand County students get to experience rock climbing on the sandstone surrounding Moab. Students learn the basic skills and techniques of equipment use and care, knots and rope work, basic belaying and descending, team building, climbing safety, while not leaving a trace.
Mountain Biking Club
Where Grand County students get to experience mountain biking on the best trails in the world! Bicycling is a good, healthy fun, and a gateway to healthy lifestyles. BEACON strives to develop a connection between kids, bikes and the natural beauty of our community, while touching on themes such as bike safety, skills, rider etiquette, leaving no trace, nutrition and hydration.
Winter Survival Club
Where Grand County Elementary students learn survival skills that they will need for winter in the mountains. Like making their own snow shoes, learn how to stay warm in cold weather, avalanche safety, building an igloo/shelters and team building. The last two weeks of the semester, students travel up the La Sal Mountains to do some cross country skiing.
Contact Us! BEACON Afterschool Program PH#: 435-259-2767 Email: thomasK@grandschools.org www.moabbeacon.net