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West Park Elementary afterschool Adventure Club students romp on snowshoes


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Field Notes


Snow season has finally arrived to stay, and we couldn’t be more excited to get kids out playing in it! Seeing so many youth out on skis, snowshoes, and fat bikes is awesome! While we’re deep in winter mode right now, we’re also looking forward to all the summer programming just over the horizon. Check out below for more info on summer activities and recruitment events for youth pathways. Summer programs registration and pathways applications will open in March.

As GOL! embarks on our second year of work, we want to invite community leadership and guidance through a formal Advisory Board. This group will help GOL! fulfill our strategic plan and keep our commitment to serve the desires of our diverse community. Please consider whether you or someone you know could help provide vision and leadership in this role.

We are also excited to dive headfirst into planning with CMC for the community Gear Library! We will have community focus groups and design charrettes in the coming weeks so everyone has a chance to share their ideas and insights. Dates and details will be shared out just as soon as they’re set.

Happy trails,

--the GOL! Team



Thank you to all who attended this month’s Winterpalooza workshops! It’s inspiring to share in your enthusiasm for getting kids outdoors. GOL! Is thrilled to have the Gear Library open now for youth-serving organizations and program providers. With 80 pairs of youth snowshoes, 23 fat bikes, 40 pairs of Nordic skis, and a cadre of newly trained leaders, our youth have so many new opportunities to get out and enjoy the winter wonderland in which we live.

It's great to see Project Dream’s GOL! Adventure Clubs and PE teacher Christian Lovely already regularly using the gear with students! Still more educators -- like Roxie Aldaz and Michelle Cavanaugh -- are getting their classes outside frequently too!

GOL! Adventure Days

Almost 70 students joined 10 GOL! leaders for a memorable day of Nordic and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and snow games up at Ski Cooper and ice skating at Huck Finn on Friday, January 26th. Even though temps were low, spirits were high!

Huge thanks to Ski Cooper, Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, guest Nordic instructor Malin Bengtsson, Lake County Recreation Department, and Lake County School District transportation and food services for supporting the activities. Kudos to all the kids and crew leaders who made it such a blast; whether they were trying downhill skiing for the very first time ever, shredding all day on the backside, or taking over the Nordic Center trails and ice rink, everyone enjoyed a full day of snowy outdoor fun!


A new semester of Wilderness Experience kicked off at CMC on January 11th with a cohort of 12 students who are earning college credit and high school credit (a dual-enrollment course!) through the course. These students are gaining practical outdoor skills as they also develop leadership, community skills, and resilience. So far, they’ve cooked on Whisperlite stoves, taken on some challenging team building initiatives, and learned about thermoregulation including the pros and cons of different materials for preventing heat loss. GOL!’s gear library has helped outfit them for the semester - so they’re sporting everything from shiny new Keen hiking boots to Columbia long underwear to Madden packs courtesy of Colorado Outward Bound School and Patagonia puffies donated to the library by HMI! We’re really excited about learning and adventuring with this great group of students this semester!

OLT Celebration Day

On Thursday, January 25th, the students at Lake County Intermediate School (LCIS) got the best type of reward: playing in the snow! This reward, dubbed “Snowpalooza” by the LCIS staff, was to honor the strong work these students did during quarter 2 to develop their perseverance, one of LCIS’s “Habits of a Learner.”

“Snowpalooza” included Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and snow play/snacks. GOL!-trained teachers and guest instructors oversaw the gear borrowing process and facilitated each station. Susan Fishman, a volunteer GOL!-trained leader, led Nordic skiing and said it was a “hoot.” “There was lots of laughter because I told them that was a rule when they fall,” Susan explained.

This was the first large-scale use (about 200 kids got out!) of the gear from the Gear Library since GOL! implemented trainings and formalized borrowing procedures. We’re excited that the gear is getting kids out trying new outdoor activities! Thanks to LCIS staff for this awesome idea!

The GOL! Community Gear Library Updates

The many dreams and visions developed over the past 2+ years are finally starting to take shape as GOL! works with Colorado Mountain College on preliminary design ideas for the GOL! community Gear Library. The facility will be an annex to the CMC Climax building, complementing the CMC student gear library space already in place, with easy access to the great CMC campus trails. We will facilitate community focus groups and design charrettes in the coming weeks so everyone has a chance to share their ideas and insights. Dates and details will be shared out just as soon as they’re set. It's so exciting the GOL! gear will have a permanent home where all can access and enjoy it!


Lake County is a pretty great place to be this summer for all youth! In addition to Rockies Rock camp for K-6th, there are many local outdoor job and skill-building opportunities for teens.

This summer, Get Outdoors Leadville! and partners are proud to offer positions as Rockies Rock Junior Counselors, Field Science Technicians with Colorado Mountain College, and Trail Builders with Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. In addition to working outside and having loads of fun in the process and earning high school credit in the process, these positions give back to our community in meaningful ways.

Want to learn more? Between Feb. 12-16th, GOL! is presenting to students at Lake County High School during Community Meetings and will also be at lunches to help students fill out interest forms for these summer jobs.

Parents and guardians are invited to join us on March 6th, from 4 pm-7 pm at the “Summer Outdoor Jobs for High Schoolers” info session at the LCHS cafeteria. We will talk through all opportunities in depth and have important application materials for students to complete. At least 1 parent/guardian is expected to attend that night or make other arrangements to learn about the job for which their student is applying and ensure it is a whole-family commitment.


Get Outdoor Leadville!’s mission is to “connect Lake County youth and families to the outdoors to inspire dreams, foster stewardship, build leadership, and strengthen community.” Help us continually evaluate how well we are fulfilling this mission and provide guidance to set our strategic course by joining GOL!’s Advisory Board.

The GOL! Advisory Board will require a commitment of roughly 4-6 hours per month, including:

  • Attending 1 Board meeting per month

  • Meeting prep and related action items

  • Volunteering/being involved in periodic GOL! events -- whether by helping GOL! run an aid station at the Leadville Loppet or being present at a GOL! community gathering or other such fun!

If you’re interested in serving on GOL!’s Advisory Board, please complete this interest form or reach out to Beth at with questions.


  • Familias Juntas & friends visit to the Fish Hatchery: Feb 11th

  • GOL! Volunteering with Familias Juntas at the Leadville Loppet: Feb 17th

  • Adventure Day #4: Feb 20th

  • Rockies Rock Adventure Camp (Mon-Thurs)

    • Session 1: June 18th-28th

    • Session 2: July 2nd-12th

    • Session 3: July 16th-26th

    • Session 4: July 30th-Aug 9th

  • Youth Pathway Recruitment Event

    • March 6th, 4-7pm (drop-in) at LCHS cafeteria

  • Family Nature Night at LCIS: April 26th


  • 2/11 - Visit Leadville Fish Hatchery with Familias Juntas & GOL! - Friends of the Leadville Fish Hatchery has an afternoon of winter fun slated for the 11th, including a guided tour of the Hatchery and its trails, and hot cocoa & s’mores. Join us from 1-4 pm. GOL! will provide snowshoes for all. To RSVP (by Feb 8th) or for more info, please contact Jackie - / 719-293-5533.

  • 2/17 - Leadville Loppet Volunteering & Fun 1K/5K Nordic Ski Events - Have you been to the Leadville Loppet? It’s a fundraiser for our beloved Mineral Belt Trail. This year, GOL!-Familias Juntas will help staff an aid station for the Leadville Loppet to cheer on and support everyone from the 1K skiers to the 44K racers. Please join our aid station - the more the merrier! To join the effort, please contact Becca - / 719-293-5169.  

If your kiddo (up to 8th grade) is interested in more than spectating and would like to try her hand (or feet!) at Nordic skiing and have some fun on the course, GOL! will have Nordic Rocks skis at the start for GOL! kids to use. These beginner skis can be worn with any snow boot! It is FREE to ski the 1K and $10 to do the 5K event.

To register to ski in the 1K or 5K events:

  1. Register online here.

  2. Drop by the GOL! Office (room 13 at The Center - please use the front doors and check in as a visitor at the front desk) during the week of February 12th and we’ll help you register online.

  3. Register in-person during race weekend in the Climax Building at CMC

    1. Friday, February 16th: 5-7pm

    2. Saturday, February 17th, Race Day!: 7:30-8:45am (there will be no registration after 8:45 so show up early!)

  • 2/28 & 3/2 - Third Grade’s 10th Mountain Division Expedition Celebration of Learning & Ski Down - Join the 3rd graders at Lake County Intermediate School for an assembly and celebration of learning about the 10th Mountain Division of the army on Feb. 28th from 2pm-3:15pm at the LCHS auditorium. Then, on Friday, March 2nd, join the 3rd graders at Ski Cooper for ski lessons and to participate in the “Serpentine Ski Down” with the soldiers from the 10th! If you’re interested in volunteering with our 3rd graders (in either a skiing and non-skiing role!), please reach out to Becca - / 719-293-5169

  • 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 Becca - / 719-293-5169



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