Educating School Children & the Community

IPF's tree planting program with Roaring Fork Valley students is an integral part of its activities. Independence Pass serves as an outdoor classroom. On September 30, 2014, Aspen Middle School students planted seedling trees and perennial flowers to revegetate the disturbed area around the Weller Lake Trailhead where the old bridge was removed.

IPF Board Secretary Debbi Falender greeted visitors at the June 15, 2013  Aspen Saturday Market. IPF’s booth featured Lodgepole Pine seedlings on sale for $5 each.


IPF's tree planting program with Roaring Fork Valley students is an integral part of its activities. Independence Pass serves as an outdoor classroom. Every year, groups from local schools spend a day on the Pass helping with planting projects and learning about the environment.

The number of groups with which the Foundation works in any given year varies depending on the demands of other projects, but at least two groups are involved in the planting efforts every summer/fall work season. Many sites along the Pass have been “adopted” by local schools, which send student groups back to the same site year after year.

IPF provides school groups with basic education in the natural and human history of the Pass as well as instructing them on planting and fertilizing techniques. The tree planting projects provide hands-on experience to students and teach important lessons in environmental ethics and stewardship. IPF is very grateful for the students' hard work and the enthusiastic support of their parents, teachers, and school administrators.

Aspen Country Day School volunteers joined IPF Executive Director Mark Fuller (far right) on the high ridges of the Continental Divide. Students and teachers carried snow fence debris to the summit parking area where the scrap metal was stockpiled for recycling.