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Another month of incredible wintry snow play, learning, and exploration is behind us! And,though we know there's likely another one (or two) snowy months in front of us yet, GOL! is already excited to share plans for summertime fun, stewardship, and adventures. Check out details in this month's newsletter on this summer's youth pathways and day camp programs & as always, please let us know if you have adventures on your wish list that GOL! can help support (for any season!)!

Happy trails,
--the GOL! Gang



Just as snow was returning to Leadville in full force, the 3rd grade students took to the slopes in their backyard mountain, Ski Cooper, to honor the history and legacy of the 10th Mountain Division “skiing” soldiers who trained in the mountains near Leadville. This special day also provides a great opportunity to celebrate their Learning Expedition about these famous soldiers and WWII. Many students had the opportunity to take a lesson and ski for their first time ever. The more experienced shredders joined present-day 10th Mountain soldiers, descendants of the original 10th Mountain soldiers, and others in the Serpentine “Ski Down” where they carried flags and made a beautiful S-shaped procession as they skied down the mountain. Thanks to the 10th Mountain Division for inviting our students to be part of this day. Shout out to the 3rd Grade teachers at Lake County Intermediate School for facilitating a great experience and learning, to the many parents and other teachers who gave their time and talents to support the event, and to Ski Cooper for hosting a fun day and providing discounted passes, lessons, and rentals. Big thanks also to Tennessee Pass Nordic Center for providing a fun place for the non-skiers to frolic and play in the snowy woods. 

Snow over a meter deep by March 6th didn’t deter our 7th grade math teacher, Ari Gino, or her students from exploring equations representing inequalities through tracking bird sightings and observations and measuring snow depth. Those who ventured out into the field had a particularly fun time measuring snow depth -- and a difficult time getting out!
Out of School Time Programs
On March 15th we enjoyed our fifth & final Adventure Day of the 2018-19 school year. Participants kicked off their spring break with a third ski lesson, freeriding the AWESOME powder, and - of course - trenching the freshies on snowshoes at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center. Many of the Panda Ski Lesson participants rode the chair lift or rope tow for the first time! Much gratitude to the many partners who help make Adventure Days successful, in particular Lake County Schools transportation and food services departments, the Tennessee Pass Nordic crew, Ski Cooper’s rental and ski school team, Lake County RecreationColorado Mountain College, and GARNA! And of course our awesome crew leaders, too.

We would love any feedback you have on Adventure Days through our program-specific community survey. We always want our current and future programs to meet community needs, so we’d love your input! With a 4-day school week on the horizon in 2020-2021, we will be applying what we learn from you about Adventure Days to the 5th day programming opportunity.

GOL! After School Clubs made the most of the March megasnow storms and with snowbiking, jumping into snow piles, and general snowpile mountaineering! They even made delicious snow ice cream and added things like food coloring, sprinkles, or chocolate. You know what they say: when life gives you snow, make snowcream! 

The Better Out Of School Time (BOOST) working group will be presenting on our collaboration to the YouthPower365 Rural After School Conference this November. We’re also excited to join the planning process for the 5th day programming potential in the 2020-21 school year. Current efforts include improving cross-program references for participants and families; shared outreach endeavors; assessing and comparing cost data across programs; and looking into shared funding opportunities to support out of school time enrichments across Lake County.

And, believe it or not, just two months from now, we'll be gearing up for summer programming! Rockies Rock enrollment opens soon! More info below.

Community Programming

The community fat biking on March 30th was a blast - we had an outstanding time exploring the Mineral Belt Trail together & soaking in a perfect sunny afternoon! Thanks to Miguel Martinez & Eric Wanless for helping lead the outing, and to all 20 folks who came out to join us for some winter wheeling! If you have ideas for low-pressure outdoor fun for community members of all ages and abilities, please let us know! Jackie Radilla, GOL! Hub Coordinator, is always looking for new activities to add to the GOL! events calendar! or 719.293.5533


Our March Community Nature Connection was a meditative and magical way to welcome Spring under the starry skies! On March 14th, local wilderness guide, Tanya Miller, led a group of 14 participants on snowshoes to create a community snow labyrinth at the back of the Climax Building, just through the trails. Participants ranged from veteran snowshoers to those who had never worn snowshoes before, and all had a great time together making the labyrinth. Thanks to Colorado Mountain College for allowing GOL! to host CNC's on campus and for providing the snowy natural canvas for the labyrinth on your grounds!

Community Nature Connections are a place for individuals to share an area of passion that connects them to our natural world with other community members. Our next Community Nature Connection will be a 2-part session to create nature-inspired clay pendants. We'll meet April 4th & April 11th, both from 7:00pm-8:30pm @ CMC. First gathering on the 4th will be to design and create them; second gathering on the 11th will be to glaze and fire them. Both gatherings are required to complete your pendant. Full details below.

Finally, thanks to our partners from 8 80 Cities and Children & Nature Network for spending several days in early March learning about Leadville's winter firsthand, facilitating several community listening sessions, and hearing from the community about its highs and lows. While they were here just as the heavy snow was starting in earnest, it was still enough to give even snow-savvy Canadians a new appreciation for winter! You can check out their summary of the visit at the Wintermission blog. The Wintermission "Leadville Winter Life" survey closes at the end of April, so don't miss the chance to help inform how we improve winter life for all ages and abilities and be more active and connected during our snowy season! It only takes 3 minutes to share your thoughts! Thanks to all across the community who have taken time to be involved with Wintermission so far & share your ideas!
Another summer of outdoor adventuring and awesomeness awaits!

Session 1: June 17 - June 27
Session 2: July 1 - July 11 (No Camp on Thursday, July 4th)
Session 3: July 15 - July 25
Session 4: July 29 - August 8th

2019 Camp Enrollment opens April 8th

 Leadville DEI in the Outdoors Summit

Contact Jackie for more information or to purchase tickets: or 719.293.5533


  • Summer Youth Pathways for 14-18 year olds

    • Rockies Rock Junior Counselors: Inspire younger Leadvillians and help them cultivate a love of outdoor adventure while assisting with Leadville's most fun summer camp, Rockies Rock! Training: June 11th-13th; Session 1: June 17th-27th; Session 2: July 1st-11th (no camp on July 4th); Session 3: July 15th-25th; Session 4: July 29th-Aug 8th; Ages 16+; Pay ~$11/hour or can earn academic credit for LCHS; ~36 hours/week (M-Th).

    • SENDA Field Tech Internship with Colorado Mountain College: Work alongside CMC Natural Resource Management Field Institute professionals as a field tech intern. May 28 - June 30, 2019; approx. 20 hours/week (~2 days/week) for 4 weeks; $750 stipend; Eligibility: Must have completed Environmental Science or Wilderness Experience Class at LCHS with a grade of C or better.

    • Cloud City Farm Internship: Assist with C4 farm operations this growing season & learn about gardening, management, and fresh food entrepreneurship! June 3 - Oct. 5; 20 hours/week; $300 Stipend/month; Ages 15+ 

    • Rocky Mountain Youth Corps: Get paid (and/or earn academic credit) to work and camp in the outdoors on trail and stewardship projects with the Cloud City Wheelers and on Mt Elbert! Great hands-on professional experience and leadership development. Work one or all hitches. Hitch 1: June 24th- June 28th, July 1st - July 5th; Hitch 2: July 8th-12th, July 15th- July 19th;  Hitch 3: August 5-16 (camping BOTH weeks). Ages 14-17; $710 stipend

    • Interested youth should fill out an application here or reach out to Cisco at or 719.293.0445

  • Community Nature Connection ~ TWO-PART event: April 4 & April 11, 2019, 7:00-8:30p at Colorado Mountain College, Library Building, Room 317

    • Join local artist Katie Anderson to create clay pendants using the textures and themes found in nature. These pendants will make perfect ornaments to hang in your home, office, or to gift to someone special  (hint hint: Mother’s Day & Father's Day are just around the corner!). The first session will be making the pendants & the second session will be glazing and firing. Attendance at both will be necessary to complete your art piece! All materials provided by Get Outdoors Leadville! This activity is FREE! All ages welcome (youth <15 yo should be accompanied by an adult). NOTE: Supplies are limited and will be provided first-come, first-served basis.

    • RSVPs helpful but not required: or 719.293.5533

  • Gear Library Orientation ~ April 17, 5:30-7:00p @ GOL! Offices (328 W 5th St, in The Center west wing). Contact Jackie at 719.293.5533 with questions

    • The GOL! Gear Library is excited to open its doors to the Lake County Community in Summer 2019. In preparation, we want to familiarize our community with what it offers and how to borrow equipment through Gear Library Orientations! These informal & interactive intros to the Gear Library will be offered from 5:30pm-7:00pm, every 3rd Wednesday of the month, everyone is invited to participate. Come see for yourselves what gear is already being put to use!

    • RSVPs helpful but not required: or 719.293.5533

  • Rockies Rock Summer Camp

    • Registration opens April 8th! Join another fun, engaging, educational, and inspirational summer day camp for rising K-9th graders with Rockies Rock! We have more great outdoor fun planned, including biking, hiking, fishing, swimming, playing, art, and loads of games and laughter! We have 96 spots in each session. Until April 31st, 10 spots are reserved for out-of-county campers, after which they're open to any camper. Enrollment is first-come, first-serve, and a $20 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot. Camp runs M-Th, ~8:30a-~3:30p (bus pick-ups/drop-offs will vary); snacks, lunch, and transportation provided.

    • Session 1: June 17 - June 27
      Session 2: July 1 - July 11 (No Camp on Thursday, July 4th)
      Session 3: July 15 - July 25
      Session 4: July 29 - August 8th

    • New for 2019: Special options for rising 8th & 9th graders with Art Camp, RMYC Service Learning Crew, and Farm To Table focused Explorer Series sessions! Also extended day programs in partnership with Lake County Recreation and Lake County Public Library (from end of Rockies Rock until 5p)!

    • Contact Cisco Tharp with questions or for enrollment help at or 719.293.0445.



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