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9th Grade students enjoy the fall weather on a hike during their Cornerstone experience.

GOL! SOL Newsletter


IN THIS ISSUE:

FIELD NOTES

A quote from a LCHS 9th grader who recently joined her classmates on a 3 day Cornerstone experience at Colorado Outward Bound School really hit home with us.

“I pushed myself physically significantly more than I would if I didn’t have to and it helped me learn that I can do a lot more than what I thought and I need to take more good opportunities because I can actually do things. So, thank you for helping me learn about that stronger part of myself.

A great reminder that while we are often focused on outwardly connecting with nature, nature is also working on the inside to connect us to that stronger part of ourselves. What an amazing thing to be a part of with our Lake County youth. Thanks to all who help support GOL! in this work!

Happy trails,
--the GOL! Gang


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS



From nature scavanger hunts during GOL! Afterschool Adventure clubs to hikes at Twin Lakes with Familias Juntas, it's been an active fall so far at Get Outdoors Leadville!, especially for Lake County School District (LCSD) students! They have been out and about all around Lake County enjoying the outdoors in both academic and culture-building pursuits. 
  • Mr. McFee’s “Woods and Fly Fishing” students are officially hooked! Students have been fishing at Parkville Water District’s Big Evans Reservoir and at the US Forest Service’s Crystal Lakes. Whether tying wooly buggers and getting life lessons from Mr. McFee or catching the big one, these students are becoming excellent anglers! Trophy trout-sized thanks to Mark Cole, Keith Krebs, Trent Braddy, Cisco Tharp, Zach Baker, and Jerry Wright for sharing your expertise and passion to enhance this learning endeavor. 
  • Concurrent enrollment students in Colorado Mountain College’s Wilderness Experience class have delved into thermoregulation, journaling, navigation, operating 1-burner Whisperlite stoves, hiking to Upper Deck through beautiful fall leaves and, of course, laughing and playing games too.
  • Mr. Carroll and the Chamber Choir took to the woods as well for their first ever Chamber Choir Campout! This experience, complete with leadership lessons, a wonder circle, shared meals, and, of course, singing around the campfire is sure to become an annual event! Special thanks to Devin Riggs for lending her facilitation expertise, beautiful voice, and guitar playing to the outing.
  • Math students in Ms. Gino and Mrs. Cade’s classes took to the woods right outside of the high school to find inspiration in the form of natural objects for scaled drawings (7th grade) and symmetry in both natural and human-made objects outdoors (8th grade). Meanwhile, Ms. Saathoff’s Life Skills class has been busy learning on-the-job skills at the Cloud City Farm while the first grade students over at West Park Elementary explored tools used for gardening with Cloud City Conservation Center’s Farmer Lani!
As the leaves changed, we honored the new school year with “Cornerstone” culture-building experiences. These outdoor opportunities develop positive school culture, foster a sense of family among students, and build close connections with trusted LCSD adults. At key transition years - 3rd grade, 7th grade, and 9th grade - Cornerstones also offer right-of-passage experiences that honor the academic and personal growth that happen as students enter new phases of their academic journey in LCSD.
  • 3rd grade students and teachers spent the day at Turquoise Lake engaged in teambuilding games and honoring the Habits of a Learner: Perseverance, Compassion, Craftsmanship, Respect, Responsibility, Curiosity, & Collaboration.
  • 7th grade students and teachers joined Colorado Mountain College Outdoor Recreation Leadership students and faculty for a hike in the mountains to one of five 10th Mountain Division Hut Association huts around Lake County. Once they arrived, they spent the night, enjoyed s’mores around the campfire, worked on goal setting, played games, and enjoyed the beauty of our natural world.
  • 9th grade students and teachers spent 3 days with Colorado Outward Bound School doing initiatives, playing games, sharing meals, challenging themselves on the high ropes course, hiking to an alpine lake, enjoying a campfire while talking about the importance of high school starting in 9th grade, and generally building shared memories and connections.

GOL! was also recently awarded a Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) Nature Play Yard grant from the National Wildlife Foundation. The ECHO grant will provide professional design expertise and $10,000 toward the construction of the new site! We are incredibly excited to work with the residents of Mountain View Village to design an engaging nature-inspired play space and outdoor learning environment that will support healthy, active, and safe recreation right in the neighborhood! Look for opportunities to get involved in the coming months.
Student Nature Art Exhibition
This Friday, October 12th
4:30-6:00p
LCIS Play Yard & Forest Gallery
 
Register Today!

Join GOL! and friends for another season of FUN, OUTDOORSY Adventure Days! If your kids loved Rockies Rock, they’ll enjoy these 1-day programs that include biking, hiking, skiing, sledding, learning and lots of outdoor play time!


Adventure Days are all-day (~8a-3:30p) outdoor outings for K-6th grade students during select teacher professional development days when students don’t have school. They are inclusive, outdoor-based programs that emphasizes fun, play, connection to the natural world, outdoor recreation, individual growth, and community building. Transportation and meals are provided.

This year's GOL! Adventure Days will be on:
  • October 22
  • December 7
  • January 18
  • February 18
  • March 15
Register today or review the Adventure Day Frequently Asked Questions if you need more info! 

Contact Cisco at ctharp@co.lake.co.us or 719.293.0445 with questions or for enrollment assistance.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Calling all Fly Fishing "Afishionados" :) - Are you a fly fisher-person? Do you like tying flies and sharing your passion for fishing? Are you interested in helping out with the Woods and Fly Fishing class at the high school this semesterReach out to Becca - bkatz@lakecountyschools.net / 719.293.5169 to find out how to join in on the fishing fun!

 
Best community service gig ever! Do you know a High Schooler in need of service hours for graduation? They can volunteer with GOL! during Adventure Days and have fun outdoors with kids while earning their service requirement. Apply here or contact Cisco at ctharp@co.lake.co.us or 719.293.0445 for more information.
 
Family Nature Night
Tuesday, Oct 23, 5-7p at LCIS


 
Join GOL! at Lake County Intermediate School for a free, fun Family Nature Night on October 23, 5-7pm brought to you by Colorado Parks and Wildlife's (CPW) SOLE program. This free, festival-style event offers fun, hands-on activity stations for students and families to experience related to topics such as nature, wildlife, conservation, recreation, and history. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will offer archery, Backyard Bass fish casting, wildlife trivia, a Generation Wild table, and free pizza and beverages, and a raffle for outdoor prizes. For more information about Family Nature Night, visit the Schools and Outdoors Learning Environments blog at https://www.cpwsole.org/blog.  
 


UPCOMING ADVENTURES & EVENTS

  • Tinkergarten ~ Sundays October 7 - November 11

    • Tinkergarten is a series of fun, interactive class for children ages 18 months – 8 years and their parents/caregivers that focuses on building skills through outdoor play-based lessons.

    • Sign up for the fall season here! Dates for this fall are Sundays from 10:30-11:45am on 10/7-11/11 (Exception: meeting Sat 10/13 rather than 10/14).

  • Adventure Days

  • "In Collaboration With Nature" Forest Gallery Walk ~ October 12

    • THIS FRIDAY! October 12th from 4:30-6pm at LCIS. Come enjoy the 5th grade students’ Andy Goldsworthy-inspired art expedition, “In Collaboration with Nature” while you enjoy hot cocoa and cider. This Forest Gallery Walk is a perfect way to embrace fall.

    • Contact Becca Katz at bkatz@lakecountyschools.net if you're interested in helping with the event!

  • Full Circle's Familias Juntas

    • Join Familias Juntas for bilingual, family-friendly activities this month. Contact Patty for more information at patty@fullcircleleadville.org

      Oct 14: Biking the Mineral Belt Trail, 10:00a
      Oct 19: Games at Ice Palace Park, 11:30a-3:30p
      Oct 27: Pumpkin Patch at Freight, 1:00-4:00p
      Oct 31: Trick-Or-Treat Street, 4:30p

STAY CONNECTED WITH GOL!

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