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Winter Adventurers ride the rescue toboggan with Odin, the avy dog from CAIC


In this issue:

Field Notes


Hard to believe it, but it's already time to put away the skis for the season and dig out the flip-flops! Okay, so maybe not just quite yet, but it's coming soon. And we know this because Rockies Rock Adventure Camp is now open for enrollment, so that must mean summer isn't too far off! We can't wait for all the summer fun just around the corner. Check out below for instructions on how to get your kids signed-up for camp or enrolled for one of the other great summer pathway options for older youth.

There are also a few more days to add your input to the Signage & Wayfinding survey. Please share your opinion at before April 6th. Help craft what the Leadville-Lake County signs will look like and make them the most inviting, inclusive, and intuitive they can be! GOL! will start with installation this summer at County recreation sites.

Thank you for your involvement with Get Outdoors Leadville! and for being such a supportive and involved community!

Happy trails,
--the GOL! Team


GOL! Adventure Days

We wrapped up our 2017-2018 Adventure Days on March 30th with more skiing fun at Ski Cooper and some really cool activities with Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) & GARNA up at CMC! CAIC taught avy awareness, beacon/probe technique (all buried stuffed animals were rescued!), and mountain patrol scenarios while GARNA shared winter ecology lessons and made gourmet roasted banana smores. Plus, a group helped get the C4 greenhouse prepped for spring planting. So much fun!

Huge thanks to Ski Cooper, Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, Cloud City Conservation Center, Colorado Mountain College, and Lake County School District for supporting the activities, as well as to all our incredible Crew Leaders! We look forward to more Adventure Day fun next year!


Lake County Intermediate School 3rd Graders journeyed to Ski Cooper on Friday, March 2nd to honor the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division while joining them in their annual “Serpentine Ski Down” ceremony. This was an amazing way for students to close out their Learning Expedition about WWII and 10th Mountain Division history. What a fun celebration of learning – full of ski lessons, pizza wedges, and smiles on the slopes! Huge thanks to the 10th Mountain Division, community chaperones Bob Hartzell, Chad Helmke, Kendra Kurihara, Greg Labbe, Eric Wanless, and Lake County School District teachers and staff, and others who made this possible. Thanks also to Ski Cooper and Great Outdoors Colorado for making this important outdoor learning opportunity possible for LCSD students.

C4 continues to visit Michelle Cavanaugh’s environmental science class. Before spring break, Kendra Kurihara, C4’s executive director, engaged the students in discussions on waste systems in our community, how to conduct a waste audit and why, and the positive impact of composting in reducing greenhouse gases. Cameron Millard, C4’s Energy Programs Director, taught students about solving energy efficiency problems using the laws of thermodynamics and basic applied science and math. The content also connected energy savings at home with local and global sustainability issues.

Community Gear Library

On March 7th, community members gathered at CMC to discuss the layouts that Architectural Workshop put together for a GOL! Hub and Gear Library extension off of the Climax Building. During two community listening sessions and a separate meeting with all CMC-Leadville faculty and staff, we gained wisdom from community members about the “flow” of programming and gear issuing, parking and vehicle access, awesome and not-so-awesome gear storage schemes, and the “feel” people hope the Hub and Gear Library will have. It’s amazing that in just one day in Leadville you can gather together people who have managed gear libraries at half-a-dozen different facilities - the brain power was impressive! 

Thank you to all who joined for these design conversations! Our next community design review is upcoming on April 17th. Stay tuned for meeting details and more updates on how our community will active this shared resource!

Rockies Rock Adventure Camp Enrollment Open!

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 youth 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 click here to review FAQs. Or go here to go straight to enrollment! 
  • Adventure Camp Sessions (Mon-Thurs)
    • Session 1: June 18th-28th
    • Session 2: July 2nd-12th (no camp July 4th)
    • Session 3: July 16th-26th
    • Session 4: July 30th-Aug 9th
Online registration is now open! 
For any questions or enrollment help, please contact Cisco Tharp at 719.293.0445 or


Summer Youth Opportunities Family Info Night



Youth ages 11-25 have a bunch of great options for this summer. Check out all the details here or go directly to submit an application here! Opportunities include being a dynamic junior counselor for Rockies Rock Adventure Camp, service projects and camping with Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, backpacking with Full Circle and the High Mountain Institute, and conducting hands-on field science with Colorado Mountain College’s summer Field Institute. Positions are paid and/or for credit. Youth should fill out an application here to get started and we’ll be in touch about interviews and next steps. Parents, please enroll your student or refresh your account on Campsite. 

Need help or have questions? Contact Jackie Radilla or 719.293.5533. If you need in person help, stop by during office hours from 10am-7pm on Wednesdays to help with enrollment or answer questions in person. GOL! offices are in The Center/Pitts Elementary School room 13.

Colorado Outward Bound School – Lake County Educators Course – 7/30/18-8/2/18 

Explore the basics of effectively teaching any topic in the outdoor environment
  • Increase your awareness of risk management considerations of teaching outdoors, and practice mitigating them proactively and reactively
  • Orient yourself to potential outdoor classrooms in the local area
  • Network and brainstorm with other inspired teachers
  • Participate in group and individual workshops designed to bring out your subject-specific creativity
  • Consider how time outdoors can contribute to district-wide culture and norms
GOL! is teaming up with Colorado Outward Bound School to offer full scholarships to Lake County School District educators for a course that would normally cost ~$950! Apply by May 29th! Here’s the info packet about the course and here’s the med form to fill out in order to enroll. This course – all 4 days – counts toward Professional Development hours. Reach out to Nicole Scheunemann – with questions.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Teaching Environmental Science Naturally (TENS) has just announced their 2018 summer class called "Look What's Here"! This year's class will be held June 19-22nd at various locations in the valley (Cotopaxi, Buena Vista, & Leadville) and will learn about forest fires & forest management, wildlife & wildlife management, geology & best practices of taking kids outdoors. You can find the tentative agenda here. As part of the 4-day tour, GOL!’s Community Learning Director, Becca Katz, will be facilitating “Taking Kids Outdoors” on June 21st up at CMC here in Leadville! Early registration in encouraged and there is a $10 discount for registering before June 1st. GOL! can help interested educators pay for registration for this event -- please be in touch with Becca Katz - - to seek GOL! funding for this workshop.


  • 4/17 - Community Gear Library Design Review at CMC
  • 4/25 - Signage & Wayfinding Open House - Stop by City Hall from 6:30-8:00p to share your input on the updated signage looks for Leadville-Lake County. Share your input here too:
  • 4/26 - Family Nature Night @ LCIS - On April 26th from 5-7pm at Lake County Intermediate School, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be hosting a Family Nature Night for all LCIS students and their families. If you are a partner agency who wants to have a table at the Family Nature Night, please reach out to Shalana - / 303.291.7102



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