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Outdoor Education

Garfield 16 and Garfield County Outdoors

Please click *here to learn about Garfield 16 SD's Outdoor Education Department and how it is connected with Garfield County Outdoors.

*This site provides the most updated information.

Ari Philipson
G16 Outdoor Education Coordinator

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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.


Join us outside!

Photo of 6 GVMS students with their snowshoes and sleds standing outside in a snow packed field ready to play.
Photo of 3 GVMS students snowshoeing to the top of the hill so they can sled down.
Photo of 6 GVMS students cross country skiing on a snowpacked field.
Students outside in the winter with their sleds. The sun setting behind Mt. Callahan and reflecting off of the snow


G16 students climbing on the Grand Valley Challenge Course


Photo of 4 family members and 1 G16 employee. The family is learning how to cross country ski.


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