The Schools and Outdoor Learning Environments (S.O.L.E.)
program started in 2013 as a pilot program through Colorado Parks and Wildlife
by funding from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) with one simple mission:
Connect Kids to the Outdoors!
In 2013, the pilot program began with fourth grade classes
in two schools: Pennock Elementary (Brighton) and Roxborough Intermediate
Schools (Littleton). In 2014, the
program expanded to include the two pilot schools with an additional nine schools spanning the Denver Metro area…a total of 1,900 students. These schools range all across the spectrum
of demographics and location of the Denver metro area.
As a school participating in the S.O.L.E. program, funding
provides each fourth grade student to:
- 3 field trips to various partner locations (1 will be to a state park)
- In-class presentations
- Family Nature Night
The program has now expanded to a total of 12 schools in the Denver metro area and 13 others statewide for the 2015-2016 year.
Map of Current Statewide Schools