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Programs for all ages:

GEAR TO GO

Gear to Go is our program to put the often expensive and hard to find outdoor equipment in the hands of kids and families.

 

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BIKE DAY

As kids build confidence riding a bike, they need new challenges to develop trail skills. Designed for older kids (4th-High School).

 

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SUP DAY

The Nature Connection has a SUP trailer that can accommodate groups large and small. Mid April – June 1st @ Crawford State Park . June 1st – Mid November @ Sweitzer State Park in Delta

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ROCK CLIMBING

Stay tuned for future climbing wall options.

 

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SKI LENDING - ALL SEASON

Season-long. See Gear to Go.

 

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CUSTOM PROGRAMS

Contact Tori Swift (torreya.swift@deltaschools.com) for details.

 

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Age-Based Programs

3rd Grade

Nature Knowledge Days

Nature Knowledge Days introduces students to our public lands through fun exploration of the natural world and human interactions with it. This half-day event targets third grade history and science standards and is held in the spring at the Escalante boat ramp in Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area and is hosted by Colorado Canyons Association and partnering organizations.

K-3rd Learn to Bike

Nature Knowledge Days introduces students to our public lands through fun exploration of the natural world and human interactions with it. This half-day event targets third grade history and science standards and is held in the spring at the Escalante boat ramp in Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area and is hosted by Colorado Canyons Association and partnering organizations.

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7th Grade

Escalante Field Experience

Escalante Field Experience is an all-day exploration of the human history of Escalante Canyon and the natural environment. From seeing dinosaur tracks to learning how wildlife biologists study animals, students will understand the deep natural history of Escalante Canyon. Students will also visit pioneer structures along the Gunnison River and up the canyon to the Captain Smith Cabin for a glimpse into early American settlement in the area. This educational experience is targeted at 7th grade history and science standards.

Rock Climbing

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9th-12th Grade

Youth Outdoor Network

Students in all five grant area High Schools are provided with the opportunity to learn about careers in the outdoors. The students participate in stewardship projects with partners such as the Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, Colorado Canyons Association and Western Slope Conservation Center.

Raft Trips

Students are able to explore the Gunnison Gorge, Escalante Canyon and Ruby Horsethief Canyon on single day or multi day raft trips. These trips happen in the spring and fall and are available for all students participating in their High School’s Youth Outdoor Network.

Cross-Country Ski Day

Our five high schools join together for a winter adventure on their national forest. Students are challenged to ski in different terrain on groomed nordic tracks. They also build their knowledge on avalanche safety from a professional, test the snowpack and understand how interconnected they are to the local landscape.

High School Climbing Team

Stay tuned to learn more about the High School Climbing Team.

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Mountain Bike Clubs and Teams

Stay tuned to learn more about the High School Mountain Bike Clubs and Teams.

Wilderness First Aid Training

Stay tuned to learn more about the High School Wilderness First Aid Training.

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