Age-Based Programs

K-3rd Grade

Nature Knowledge Days

3rd graders are introduced to our public lands through fun exploration of the natural world and human interactions with it. This half-day event targets 3rd grade history and science standards and is held in the spring at Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area and is hosted by Colorado Canyons Association and partnering organizations.

K-3rd Learn to Bike

Designed for elementary students in K-3rd grade, this brand new program (in 2020) helps students build confidence on bikes and teaches stewardship of our trails. Nature Connection staff and volunteers will bring a trailer full of bikes to a participating school and offer instruction to students during PE class.

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7th Grade

Escalante Field Experience

Students will understand the deep natural history of Escalante Canyon by following dinosaur tracks and learning how wildlife biologists study animals. This educational experience is targeted at 7th grade history and science standards and is hosted by Colorado Canyons Association and partnering organizations.

Rock Climbing

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9th-12th Grade

Youth Outdoor Network

Students in all four grant area high schools are provided the opportunity to learn about careers in the outdoors. In the past, students have participated in stewardship projects with the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Colorado Canyons Association and Western Slope Conservation Center. Jobs and internships are available through The Nature Connection each summer. We help partner organizations recruit high school students for other outdoor positions throughout the county. 

Raft Trips

Students 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.

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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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Programs for All Ages


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We offer all 4th and 6th graders in Delta County and Olathe a chance to experience the Grand Mesa in the winter. If you are a local educator or youth leader and would like to schedule an additional ski field trip- contact us! We also offer a limited number of season-long ski lending for classrooms. See Gear to Go for details.


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


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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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As kids build confidence riding a bike, they need new challenges to develop trail skills. That is why we offer field trips on our trails and bike parks in Confluence (Delta) or Crossroads (Hotchkiss.) Contact us about custom-designed bike field trips for 4th-High School students. We also offer bike lending to teachers. See Gear to Go


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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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