Growing up with
the Nature Connection

Eliminate the barriers to getting outside by providing fun, active, and educational outdoor experiences for youth and families in our community.

Through surveys and discussions with community members we have identified three ways to break down the barriers to getting outside: develop a rich array of year round Outdoor Programs for kids and families to build confidence and skills; create new Places close to communities and schools where kids, families and teachers can enjoy access to outdoor activities and programs, and offer job Pathways so that youth in our community can become the next generation of land stewards. 


School Programs

Summer Camps

Family Programs

We envision a future where every child in our community can access trails and outdoor learning opportunities directly from their school yards. So far we’ve worked with GOCO and our coalition partners to invest close to $2 million to build connecting trails, climbing boulders, outdoor classrooms and more!

Pathways prepare local youth in our community for jobs in the emerging outdoor economy. We partner with agencies, local businesses and innovative funders to create summer jobs, training opportunities and internships for high school students that provide real-world work experience.

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First Step to Getting Outside: Check the Weather!


See the following weather station app for conditions at Nature Connection Headquarters and Crossroads Trails and Bike Park in Hotchkiss


Use the scroll bar on the right side to scroll up and down and see all the detailed information.

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