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About Garfield County Outdoors
Garfield County Outdoors (a Generation Wild community) is a community-wide initiative to get more youth and families in western Garfield County connected to outdoor recreation end educational opportunities. Our focus is bridging the gap for families and kids in our community to experience the outdoors.

The following organizations will provide programming in both Garfield County School District 16 (Parachute/Battlement Mesa) and Garfield School District No. Re-2 (Rifle, Silt, New Castle): Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, CSU Extension, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, The Buddy Program, Colorado Mountain College, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps., and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

This is all made possible through funding from the Colorado Lottery. Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) is the founding and supporting organization.


about 1 year ago

Meredith, Hub Coordinator

As the Hub Coordinator for GCO, Meredith is the main liaison between Garfield Re-2 School DistrictGarfield County School District No. 16, and all of the phenomenal community partners working to bring more outdoor recreation and educational opportunities to youth/families of western Garfield County.

Meredith grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and 
and originally made the trek to Colorado for a service year through AmeriCorps VISTA, working at a community center in Colorado Springs. She loved Colorado so much, she decided to stay! Meredith is new to the western slope and very excited to be here!

Professionally, Meredith has worked with non-profits, community organizations, marketing, in the environmental education world, environmental/public health, and she have an educational background in Environmental Studies. 

Clint, Outdoor Education Coordinator 

Clint, former high school science teacher at Grand Valley High School, is now GCO's Outdoor Education Coordinator. 

In this role, Clint will be planning out free programming for the Parachute community and schools in the following areas: climbing, agriculture/gardening, paddling, hunting, fishing, snow sports, camping, and archery. 

Clint is also the head wrestling coach and co-outdoor club sponsor at the high school with Jason Arthur. 

Clint is originally from South Dakota where he was previously in the outdoor education industry. He has a passion for the outdoors and loves sharing what he know with others. 

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Meredith Burke:
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