The mission of the Outdoor Education Laboratory Program is to enhance and enrich student learning as an integral part of 6th grade curricula by providing opportunities for hands-on, experiential, authentic learning in an outdoor setting. In addition, OELS fosters opportunities for student growth in environmental stewardship through an enhanced awareness, appreciation, and sense of responsibility for the environment, themselves and others. Support the Lab programs by donating to The Outdoor Lab Foundation, a non-profit organization.
Outdoor Lab School Funding & Costs
There are generations of Jeffco students who look back on their Outdoor Lab adventure and say it was one of their best memories of elementary school. Thankfully, next year’s 6th graders will have a chance to explore all of the wonders offered by the Mt. Evans and Windy Peak schools.
Under a sustainability plan tentatively approved by the Jefferson County Board of Education, the Outdoor Lab schools will be saved for the 2012-2013 school year.
Every participating school will be charged a fee that will be based on its free and reduced lunch percentage; it will be up to the school and its community to raise the money needed to send its students to Outdoor Lab. Some fundraising will benefit each participating student by crediting her/his Outdoor Lab account. Check with individual schools for their fundraising activities and student costs.
Support the Lab programs by donating to The Outdoor Lab Foundation, a non-profit organization.
Forms and Parent Information
The week spent at the Outdoor Education Laboratory School can be one of the highlights of a child’s educational experience. Access forms needed for the trip on the OELS website here.
Outdoor Lab Website
OELS maintains a program website, where parents can find information, forms, and schedules.
Visit the OELS website.
Outdoor Education Laboratory Schools
1829 Denver West Drive #27
Golden, Colorado 80401
Central Staff List
Mt. Evans Outdoor Lab School
201 Evans Ranch Road
Evergreen, Colorado 80439
Windy Peak Outdoor Lab School
P.O. Box 435
Bailey, Colorado 80421