Gear up with
Are you a teacher or educator in our community? If so, you can be eligible for low-cost gear lending to support getting kids and families outdoors.
Joining the “Gear to Go” Program
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Training & Testing
View the training slides and requirements
Reserve Your Gear
Check out outdoor equipment
Examples of our “Gear to Go” Programs
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Take your class SUP’ing at Sweitzer Lake or Crawford State Park. We provide access to boards and PFDs. Or work with our staff to create a plan for another flat water destination.
Bike at Crossroads or Confluence
Nature Connection staff will assist in leading a field trip at a local bike park near your school including Crossroads Park in Hotchkiss or Confluence Park in Delta. We bring bikes, helmets and staff to help develop bike skills and confidence outdoors.
Backpacking or Camping Equipment
The Nature Connection has a variety of different sized backpacks, sleeping bags, kitchen sets, tents and more to get your classroom out on the trail or an overnight field trip.
Teachers can become certified to teach archery to students. Contact us for more info. Gear check out is also available.
Classroom Ski Gear
Check out cross country ski equipment for your whole class for a two week period. You can use gear around the school yard (weather permitting) or plan your own simple field trip on local trails.
Mountain Bike Lending
Check out mountain bikes for your whole class for a two week period. You can use bikes during the school day or organize your own field trip.
Rock Climbing Field Trips
The Nature Connection operates a mobile 30-ft climbing wall that will soon be available for custom outdoor programs.