- Summer Term
- Apprentice Program
- High Peaks Adventure
- Adult Programs
- Educators Expedition
- Lake County Backpacking Trip
There was a great balance between the work, activities, and fun. I loved how in the beginning we set community values and expectations so we all could live by the same standards.
Summer Term 2013 Alumna
Ready for an exhilarating summer in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado? The HMI Summer Term is a five-week program that combines wilderness, community, and academic pursuits in our unique setting of Leadville, Colorado. Summer Term students partake in two extended backpacking expeditions, become members of a vibrant community, and stay intellectually engaged with place-based classes.
Through our academic program, we explore sense of place, leadership, and environmental ethics. On our two backcountry expeditions, we teach wilderness travel skills, use the mountains as an extended classroom, and develop our personal connections to each other and to nature. Finally, we create a small, residential community that requires the participation and commitment of each member, resulting in friendships and shared memories that last a lifetime.
For more information about the HMI Sumemr Term visit the Academics, Wilderness, and Community pages. We welcome applications from students who have completed 9th, 10th, or 11th grade. For dates, tuition, and finaicial aid information, click here. For application information and acceptance timeline click here.
“Laughter, adventure, and exploration are the essence of the Summer Term and what make it such a powerful and transformative experience for our alumni.”
-Libbey Holewski, Director of Programs