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LCHS-CMC Wilderness Experience students hit the trail in Cedar Mesa, UT




May 2018

Sun shining, birds chirping, aspens budding. Yay! SUMMER is upon us! We are really looking forward to camp, youth corps, family hikes and camping over the coming months. We hope you’ll join GOL! in getting outside with family and friends to enjoy it all with us! It was also great to wrap up the school year with loads of fieldwork and excursions to Utah, Sand Dunes National Park, Hayden Meadows, and the Fish Hatchery as students continue to literally learn beyond walls through partnership with Lake County School District!

We have been so keen on GOL!’s outdoor focus in our first year that we’ve been a bit delayed with some of our digital development. (We readily admit we enjoy being out on the trails so much more than behind a computer keyboard…!) But at long last, is finally live! We hope the new website will provide information and inspiration that will get you outdoors even more and help make it easier to engage with GOL! programming. Check back frequently as we continue to add content and fully activate the site.

Rockies Rock Adventure Camp enrollment is filling up quickly. If you’re looking for great outdoor  adventures for your 1st - 7th grader this summer, sign up today! Deadline for Session 1 is June 3rd and there are only a few spots left. Don’t miss out!

As we ramp up for summer programming, we again want to share our incredible gratitude to Great Outdoors Colorado and our many amazing local partners who help make this all possible for Lake County families!

Happy trails,
--the GOL! Gang



6 days. 11 adventurous students. 2 intrepid instructors. 1 incredible wilderness experience! Wilderness Experience LCHS students enjoyed a memorable and meaningful trip in Cedar Mesa, Utah applying all they learned this semester on outdoor leadership, backcountry safety, navigation, and trip management.

Thanks to all at Colorado Mountain College who have made this course so successful this year, especially instructor Cooper Mallozzi and trip co-leader Jenny Delcher.

Hands On STEM learning with GARNA

May was Perfect for Outdoor Learning Experiences in Lake County! Molly Hokkanen, our LCSD’s 7th/8th STEM teacher in Lake County School District, has embraced hands-on, outdoor fieldwork experiences throughout the school year in partnership with Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA). This is another example of the way that Get Outdoors Leadville! is collaborating with our schools to provide opportunities for students to learn beyond walls in the great outdoors. On May 15th, 130 7th and 8th grade students visited Hayden Meadows to review for their final science exam. They tested the chemical composition of water, identified factors affecting weather, and found indicator species for healthy streams. Many students had the chance to wade through the headwaters of the Arkansas to collect the data used in their final exam.
National Kids to Parks Day

Also on the 15th, Lake County 2nd graders celebrated national Kids to Parks Day in the most fitting & awesome way this week: by getting kids to parks!

Mrs. Lovely and her 2nd grade class were winners of the National Park Trust’s Kids to Parks Day contest. They ventured down to Great Sand Dunes National Park for a day of exploring the dunes, learning from local rangers, splashing in Medano Creek, and caring for the park by helping pick up trash!

Fish Hatchery Expedition!

On the 16th, West Park Elementary kindergartners headed to the Leadville National Fish Hatchery to spend time with Andrea Kurth of the Leadville Ranger District.

This outing was part of Get Outdoors Leadville!'s work with our school district to add outdoor fieldwork to a Learning Expedition all about trees.

You better bet that our Kindergartners can tell the difference between a "friendly" Fir and a pokey (Lodgepole) "Pine." And, of course, they know our main deciduous species, the quaking Aspen too! Kudos to Derek Lindquist for his hard work in making this experience happen for the Kindergartners.

CPW's Partners In the Outdoors Conference

GOL! was invited to represent Lake County at Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s annual Partners in the Outdoors Conference May 9th-11th.

Healthy Kids Director Cisco Tharp and youth researcher Sam Frykholm facilitated a session with GOCO on youth leadership in the Inspire Initiative work. Brayhan Reveles, who has supported GOL! as a youth researcher, bike leader, and coalition champion, presented on diversifying & deepening the conservation and recreation community in Colorado. It was a great gathering of passionate outdoor leaders and GOL! was honored to be a part of it!

Become An Elbert Explorer This Summer With GOL!

GOL! is ecstatic to be partnering with our local Forest Service ranger district, National Forest Foundation, Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps to host a camping weekend July 21st-22nd at the south Mt. Elbert trailhead! And YOU and your family are invited!

Camp, volunteer, and learn & laugh together while helping care for a Lake County treasure! Participants 14+ years old are invited to assist with trail work, while youth 8-13 years old will hang with GOL! to learn about and explore the area. We'll have activities for Elbert-lovers ages 8 to 108! FREE! Food & camping gear is provided.

Sign up today!

Check out the NFF's Find Your Fourteener page to learn more about the campaign and restoration work happening on Elbert.

Rockies Rock Adventure Camp!

Rockies Rock Adventure Camp is an inclusive, outdoor-based day camp that emphasizes fun, play, connection to the natural world, outdoor recreation, individual growth, and community building. Activities and topics include: Mountain Biking, Fishing, Hiking, Free Play, Nature Art, Environmental Education, Outdoor Safety, Environmental Stewardship, and Teamwork.  Rockies Rock is for kids of all backgrounds who will be in grades 1st - 7th in the 2018-19 school year. No outdoor experience required! Check here for information on enrollment and read here to review FAQs. Click here to go straight to enrollment!

Last day to enroll in Session 1 of Rockies Rock is June 3rd! There are only a few spaces left - don’t miss out!

 Deadlines to enroll in later sessions are:
  • Session 2 (July 2nd-12th): June 17th

  • Session 3 (July 16th-26th): July 1st

  • Session 4 (July 30th-Aug 9th): July 15th

For any questions or enrollment help, please contact Cisco Tharp: 719.293.0445 or

Positive Youth Development Training

~ June 5th ~ FREE!
Pre-registration required.



  • Positive Youth Development training, co-hosted by GOL! & LCBAG: June 5th

  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Willows Planting with USFS: June 6th

    • Help restore habitat and prevent soil erosion by planting 1000 willows at Elbert Creek and Halfmoon East campgrounds

    • Meet at USFS Office (810 Front Street) at 9:30a. Bring work gloves, lunch, water, and wear close toed shoes. (Extra gloves will be on hand, if needed.). Contact Andrea Kurth for more information: or 719.486.7418.

  • Taking Kids Outdoors workshop with CPW: June 21st at CMC.

  • Mt. Elbert Family Camping Adventure: July 21st-22nd

  • Rockies Rock Adventure Camp (Mon-Thurs)

    • Session 1: June 18th-28th

    • Session 2: July 2nd-12th (no camp on July 4th)

    • Session 3: July 16th-26th

    • Session 4: July 30th-Aug 9th

  • Lake County Youth Corps

    • Community Development Crew Hitch 1: July 9th-20th

    • Community Development Crew Hitch 2: July 23rd-Aug 3rd

    • Service Learning Crew Hitch 1: Aug 6th-Aug 10th

    • Service Learning Crew Hitch 2: Aug 13th-Aug 17th

  • Colorado Outward Bound School’s Educator’s Course - July 30th-August 2nd



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