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Casper Mountain Science Program

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The Casper Mountain Science Program strives to be a community where place based education is the focus. CMSP welcomes students to learn on Casper Mountain and explore the natural world around them using the framework of science. Teachers benefit from the integration of place based education into their curriculum both while on the mountain and in the classroom. CMSP intern instructors are provided a leadership experience in the field before continuing their careers as outdoor educators, scientists, teachers, or various other career paths.

Mission Statement

The Casper Mountain Science Program provides students the opportunity to learn outdoors to increase their knowledge of science, find delight in nature, and reflect on their place in the world.

Guiding Principles

  • The CMSP is a place-based, multidisciplinary program with a focus on science that provides opportunities for students and teachers to experience outdoor education.
  • Curriculum is based on the Wyoming state education standards with a focus on inquiry learning.
  • The experience at CMSP generates an appreciation and a respect for Casper Mountain and the surrounding area.
  • Students who attend CMSP will learn the value of working collaboratively with their peers to develop a sense of community while acquiring a sense of personal responsibility.
  • The CMSP provides opportunities for young adults throughout the United States to be trained and explore careers in education, specifically teaching place-based science.


Casper Mountain Science offers both single and multi-day (overnight) programs and residential (overnight) programs to NCSD students in a facility located at the top of Casper Mountain. Sessions are held during the academic school year. The fall semester provides programs from September through early December and the spring semester begins in late February and runs into the month of May.


Eric Reish

NCSD Teacher on Special Assignment
[email protected]

Emma Swaninger
Instructional Technician


NCSD Central Services Facility
970 N. Glenn Rd., Casper, 82601