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Schools and Outdoor Learning Environments (SOLE)
Schools and Outdoor Learning Environments (SOLE)


​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 out​doors!

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