Telluride Academy Kicks Off 31st Year With New Programs, New Offices
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TELLURIDE – The Telluride Academy begins its 31st year of summer enrichment programming next week. “Although students meet at the high school every morning, the entire region is our classroom,” said Executive Director Elaine Demas.

“You’ll see our students all over town this summer, on the San Miguel River, on Telluride’s hiking and mountain bike trails, on our beautiful valley floor and far beyond.”

And on duckies – the inflatable kayaks newly purchased for the Academy’s collaboration with the Telluride Kayak School in a series of progressive skill-building kayak programs, Ducky Nation, Ducky World and Ducky Universe, each one building on the skills of the one before it.

“It is our goal to get as many Academy students on the river as possible this summer,” says Academy Program Director Luke Brown.

The Academy is collaborating with two longstanding Telluride institutions, as well. Having teamed up with the Telluride Institute’s Watershed Education Program, now “students will not only be learning how to navigate their way down the mighty San Miguel, but they will also be learning about the watershed as they travel through it,” says Brown. “It has always been a focus of the Academy to teach students about environmental stewardship, and we think that learning about our watershed is a great way for them to learn to appreciate and embrace what keeps our rivers healthy. Of course you’ll see our students also out enjoying our magnificent valley floor.”

The Academy is putting the finishing touches on a merger with The Horizon Climbing Program to merge with the Telluride Academy, as well. “For the last decade, the Horizon Program has been teaching local kids to climb, both on the wall in the high school and also around the region and we are honored to continue that mission,” says Demas. They have a very dedicated Board and Staff and with their support the transition should be very smooth.

“There is still much to do regarding the legalities of it all,” she adds, “but the main focus of this merger is for The Horizon Climbing Program to become part of Telluride Academy.

The Academy has relocated its administrative offices to a small commercial space in the Cimarron Complex at the base of Coonskin. “We moved in two weeks ago,” says Demas. “It’s been very busy between moving and getting ready for this summer season, but we are pretty much settled in, and it feels really great!”

The Academy is offering 100 outdoor enrichment and theater programs this summer for students ages 5-18. There are still openings; for information, visit And please check Watch Newspapers every week for “Last Minute Lucky” opportunities offering discounts on open program spots. Need-based assistance is available for local families requiring help with tuition.

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