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LCHS Wilderness Experience students pack through San Rafael Swell, Utah as capstone to their semester-long outdoor leadership class.

GOL! SOL Newsletter

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FIELD NOTES

Get Outdoors Leadville! was born of a community desire to create equitable opportunities to access and enjoy our incredible natural places and outdoor experiences. This is what drives our work every day. We invite you to join GOL! to celebrate these values and recommit to the movement we all believe in: making the outdoors a place for all people, no matter background, color, culture, or financial means.

Please join us on May 29th for the first Leadville Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Outdoors evening where we will do just that alongside neighbors, friends, and colleagues from across Lake County. (Event details below. Hope to see you there!) It will be a great time of community connection, story telling, inspiration, and entertainment (and delicious food, too). We are grateful to partner with organizations and leaders from across the county, state, and country who are also working to advance cultural inclusion in the outdoor industry. Even more so, GOL! is thankful for the passion and efforts in our own little community to make Lake County a welcoming, inclusive environment where people of all ages, abilities, and cultures imagine and create a better world through connections to the outdoors and to each other. Thank you for being a part of GOL! and its work!


Happy trails,
--the GOL! Gang


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS


GOL!-LCSD
 

Our winter wonderland conditions last month made for an awesome Snowpalooza with LCIS on April 12th. All students at the Intermediate School got to play outside after a two weeks of state testing -- donning snowshoes, gliding on Nordic skis, playing in the snow, sledding, and drinking hot cocoa was a great way to celebrate. It was a blast and a well-earned reward for our scholars.

On April 16th, all 7th and 8th grade students went to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument to collect fossil evidence to support an artistic rendition of the location as it was 34 million years ago. Huge thanks to the Lions Club for their generous grant to support this fieldwork experience and to Molly Hokkanen for making hands-on learning happen for her students.Just 2 days later, in Ari Gino’s class, the 7th graders were back outside measuring various objects to examine the volume and surface area of prisms!

Meanwhile, students in Erin Farrow’s Clay Mosaic mural class are making great progress on their nature-inspired mural. Final installation is scheduled for mid-May -- so excited to have beautiful mountain views on one of the high school’s interior walls.

A highlight in April was the spring semester dual enrollment Lake County High School-Colorado Mountain College Wilderness Experience trip to the canyons of Utah! This semester, we headed west to the Sid’s Mountain region of the San Rafael Swell. Day 1, descending into Salt Wash, we got to do some fun “micro-navigation” route finding, pass packs, and scramble to make our way to the oasis on the canyon floor. Impressive snowfall this winter coupled with some rainstorms meant that we had plenty of water in the desert - a treat! We even got to see a small flash flood after a very localized cloudburst. The trip was filled with laughs, exploration, physical challenges and relaxation, pictographs, and breathtaking canyon views -- and the types of connections that form only when we take time to really simplify life, away from technology, and just connect with one another and the natural world.

 

Out of School Time Programs
 
Rockies Rock Adventure Camp is just around the corner! (Which also means SUMMER is just around the corner - WooHoo!) We'll have another 8 weeks of active outdoor fun and learning, starting June 17th. Check out lots of new & exciting aspects this summer on our website. Camp programs are available for youth 1st-9th grades. Register soon - spots are filling fast! We also have many enriching experiences for older youth - check out the summer Pathways opportunities for 14-18 year olds, too!
 
Great things come of collaboration! The Better Out of School Time (BOOST) work group has been coordinating efforts to expand and improve out-of-school-time offerings for the community. This summer, both Lake County Library and the Rec Department will be offering programming after Rockies Rock until 5:00 p.m. for those who are interested in extended day programming. See Rockies Rock updates below for more info! We expect this is the first of many coordinated programs to come!
 
Community Programming
 
Our April Community Nature Connection was a fun opportunity to express our creativity with natural materials to make clay pendants. Much appreciation to Katie Anderson for sharing her artistic and nature-loving talents to facilitate! Thanks also to Colorado Mountain College for allowing GOL! to host CNC's on campus, and to nature herself for providing the inspiration! (If you haven't picked up your pendant yet, stop by the GOL! offices. They're ready to go home with you!)

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 Forest Bathing experience with facilitated nature walk - join us! We'll meet June 12th, 7:00pm-8:30pm @ CMC. Full details below.

 
 Leadville DEI in the Outdoors Summit

Contact Jackie for more information or to purchase tickets: jradilla@co.lake.co.us or 719.293.5533


 
Another summer of outdoor fun and exploration awaits for Lake County youth! Biking, hiking, fishing, swimming, nature play, art, and more!

https://getoutdoorsleadville.org/summer-adventure-camp/

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 OPEN NOW!
Spots are filling quickly! Sign up soon so you don't miss out!

 

CALLING ALL LEADKIDS!

GOL! is helping support the new Lifetime Fitness Kids Duathlon! We are encouraging Lake County Youth, especially Rockies Rock campers, to check out Leadville Race Series’ kid-friendly duathlon to their Silver Rush 50 weekend on Saturday, July 6th at 12 p.m. The duathlon will consist of a 2.5 mile bike, followed by a 2.5 mile run. The race will start and finish near the soccer field at Colorado Mountain College, with a course that explores the great CMC trail system. 

Register here: http://bit.ly/kidsduathlonreg  Reach out if you have any questions!

UPCOMING ADVENTURES & EVENTS

  • 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 ctharp@co.lake.co.us or 719.293.0445

  • Gear Library Orientation ~ May 15, 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: jradilla@co.lake.co.us or 719.293.5533

  • DEI Summit - Celebrating Diversity in the Outdoors ~ May 29th, FREIGHT, 5:00p

    • Enjoy an inspirational evening of story telling, sharing, and celebrating work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community's outdoor sector. Be there to listen, learn, exchange ideas, and commit to elevating DEI in the outdoors across Lake County. Catered dinner from Casa Sanchez provided for all ticket holders.

    • Tickets should be purchased in advance by contacting jradilla@co.lake.co.us or 719.293.5533, or from the GOL! offices at 328 W 5th, Room 14.

  • Community Nature Connection ~ June 12th (NOTE: Wednesday eve, rather than the usual Thursday) at Colorado Mountain College

    • Join us for a "forest bathing" experience facilitated by Donna Childress. We will enjoy a meditative hike together, focusing on the relaxing and therapeutic benefits of simple mindfulness in nature. This activity is FREE! All ages welcome (youth <15 yo should be accompanied by an adult). 

    • RSVPs helpful but not required: jradilla@co.lake.co.us or 719.293.5533

  • Summer Kick-Off Celebration with Great Outdoors Colorado ~ SAVE THE DATE ~ June 13th at Colorado Mountain College

    • Staff and Board members from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), our amazing funder and GenerationWild champions, will be in Leadville for a GOCO Board meeting June 13th. We thought it would be a great opportunity to get together, share some BBQ and laughs, and celebrate GOCO and their incredible support of the Lake County community. We're planning for a ~6p gathering up at the CMC pavilion. Keep an eye on GOL!'s Facebook and website for details & invites.

  • Rockies Rock Summer Camp

    • Registration is OPEN and spots are filling fast! Join us for 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. 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. Extended day care until 5p is available through Rec Department and Library, too.

    • 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 ctharp@co.lake.co.us or 719.293.0445.

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