Dinner fundraiser will benefit science school

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What: Moonshine Snowshoe and Wine Dinner, fundraiser for Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

When: 6 p.m. Friday. A shuttle to the dinner site leaves from the Meadows Lot at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Deer Park Estates, home of Michael and Sara Craig-Scheckman

Cost: $69 a person includes snowshoes, instruction, dinner and wine

Call: 879-2135

— As sixth-grade enrollment has increased, so has the demand on the Yampa Valley Science School's facilities.

On Friday, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps will host a dinner-and-snowshoeing fundraiser for the science school, a five-day program administered by RMYC that provides experiential, environmental learning for area sixth-graders.

Money from the second annual Moonshine Snowshoe and Wine Dinner will go toward adding staff and keeping up with increasing rent costs, RMYC program director Mark Wertheimer said.

"It's allowed us to expand our services as the community grows each year," Wertheimer said of the funds raised with the dinner and through other avenues.

The science school provides "hands-on, place-based" environmental education by grounding basic ecological concepts in the context of the Yampa Valley, Wertheimer said. The program offers a camp-like experience to participating students from Steamboat Springs, Hayden and South Routt County.

The science school originated in 2000 as a way to complement what students were learning in science classrooms. Because it is a school activity, no student is barred from attending. Scholarship funds and fundraisers help cover the $125 tuition cost.

The Moonshine fundraiser includes snowshoeing and instruction, appetizers, dinner, dessert and plenty of wine, said Sheila Wright, RMYC development director.

For snowshoeing, fundraiser attendees will split up into groups according to skill and go on a 30- or 45-minute guided tour. Those who don't want to tackle the weather can opt to stay at the house and drink wine, Wright said.

- To reach Margaret Hair, call 871-4204

or e-mail mhair@steamboatpilot.com.

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