Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Schools and Outdoor Learning Environments (SOLE) program began in 2013 as a pilot program funded by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) with one simple mission:
Connect kids and their families to the outdoors!
The program began with fourth grade classes in two schools: Pennock Elementary (Brighton) and Roxborough Intermediate Schools (Littleton).
Since that time the program has expanded across Colorado into almost 50 elementary schools for the 2017-2018 school year. Schools are added to the program in partnership with the GOCO School Yard Initiative Grant Program and through recommendations by CPW field staff.
SOLE school 4th grade classes get to:
Participate in three fully-funded field trips selected by the teachers to augment what they are already teaching. Teachers are ask to select a trip from each of these three categories:
Colorado State Park or other CPW property
- The History Colorado Center or affiliate museum
- Partner organizations offering outdoor field trip opportunities
Have a Family Nature Night at their school. CPW and our partners bring activities, food, prizes and fun for a night of exploring what is fun in the outdoors.
- Experience in-class presentations from CPW staff and our partner organizations.
- Explore their creative side in the annual SOLE Student Art Contest.
Map of Current Statewide Schools