The Outdoor Lab Foundation Gazette | January 2015
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The first half of the school year has been an adventure to say the least... the Outdoor Lab Foundation has experienced phenomenal growth and undergone so many changes this past year that it's hard to keep up. All of this is due to the incredible community support of this vital program!  


We've increased our 6th grader participation in the Lab Cards Program by 17% over last year, helping families raise over $280,000.00 towards their Outdoor Lab tuition. A huge thank you to King Soopers and Safeway for making this possible. Our Colorado Gives Day campaign also achieved record breaking goals!   


The annual gala grew by 45% and was celebrated by all who attended.   

We debuted our first "Outdoor Lab: After Dark" party at the Lucky Penny Ranch. Guests enjoyed the all you can eat Moe's Original BBQ, listened to live music provided by Runaway Saints and GroundScore, and loved a night out at the Lucky Penny Ranch.  


We are really excited to go into 2015 with a running start and continue to support the 58+ year old science program that we have all come to know and love.


-Outdoor Lab Foundation Staff

Join us for our ninth annual Outdoor Lab Gala on Saturday, April 25th. Come see why this gala is the one everyone makes sure is on their calendar! This year is going to be something extra special so get your 'crew' together and book your tickets before they sell out.

Here is what you can expect for the evenings festivities:

-Grand unveiling of our newest, top secret project for Outdoor Lab!

-Silent & live auctions chalk full of outdoor gear, adventure travel, entertainment, and more!

-Live demonstration by HawkQuest featuring some of the most amazing birds of prey known to man.
-Full course meals consisting of Porcini Crusted Chicken, Pan Seared Salmon, or Butternut Squash Ravioli. 


*Calling All Volunteers*

Have you been looking to give back? Outdoor Lab needs your help! Whether it's a couple hours of your time helping prepare for the gala, students logging some volunteer hours for school projects, or someone looking to get involved in a more substantial way, we have something for everyone! If you are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer for Outdoor Lab, please contact

Tickets on sale soon, check our website for future updates

We did it! Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who pitched in and helped the Outdoor Lab Foundation reach our fundraising goal for the 2014 Colorado Gives Day Campaign. We know that you were probably bombarded with messages from us (and others) relating to Colorado Gives Day, so we truly appreciate you staying with us and supporting this awesome mission.

The number of unique donations grew by over 65% and made sure that we made our goal for the lab schools.  We continue to be blown away by the outpouring of support and generosity that we continue to see in the Outdoor Lab community.

If you missed the opportunity opportunity to make your donation on Colorado Gives Day, there is still so much to be done to make Outdoor Lab an incredible, impactful experience for ALL students.  Make a difference by contributing here.

Lab Cards Program



What is the Lab Cards Program? 


King Soopers and Safeway have partnered with the Outdoor Lab Foundation to make sure Outdoor Lab continues to survive and thrive through our Lab Cards Program! You can even choose where your funds go: the Foundation's general fund account, a specific school or a specific student.  


How does the Lab Cards Program work?


After you order and receive your lab card from the Foundation you'll load it with funds at the store. Then, simply use the card just like cash when making purchases. Cards can be used and reloaded indefinitely! If you are using a "Student Fee" card, King Soopers and Safeway will credit your Outdoor Lab tuition account with 4.5% of your card loads with no additional cost to you! You can also purchase a "General Fund" card where the 4.5% will go towards the Outdoor Lab Foundation's General Fun account to help the program continue for future generations.    


**Parents: Please Read**


Don't wait until sixth grade to participate. Students as young as kindergarten can get started, and the earlier you start the better chance you have of paying zero out of pocket for your child's Outdoor Lab experience.   

Do you have any questions?

Please read the FAQ first, then email if your question/answer is not found in the FAQ.

If you're ready to start earning for the Outdoor Lab Foundation, your local school, or a specific child visit us at: or order your cards via the links below.  





Windy Peak Update 1/9/15:


Fall 2014 ended with a celebration. Interns were honored for their hard work at a potluck that was attended by Windy Peak staff, interns and family members. The staff also decided to sponsor a family during the holiday season. Interns delivered a Christmas dinner, food for a week, a fresh tree, and gifts for the kids. Our interns were honored to have the opportunity to be the "elves".  


Edgewater and Lumberg were the final group of the semester and earned a Perfect Week Trophy showing that they fully embraced our Outdoor Lab philosophy of stewardship. The semester went very well and all of the schools showed growth in their physical abilities, academics, and interpersonal skills. We are so honored to have the opportunity to work with such great teachers and kids. Feedback tells us that initiatives, archery, and all-day hikes seem to be favorites and the kids always rave about the home-made food! Thank you notes arrive in droves and the interns and staff feel a sense of accomplishment and pride when the students express their gratitude.



The Spring 2015 semester started with a successful week of intern training. We have a wonderful set of interns who are eager to host our friends from Shelton and Ralston during our first week back. A stellar cast of teachers including Jon Bromfield, Renee Adams-Lee, Joe Johnson, and Laura Hinojos will be up with their students! The weather has been more winter like the past few weeks and snow is on the ground as seen in the picture of our spring intern staff! We would like to welcome the following interns: returners Palmer Peterson, Jeremy Martinez, and Zeke Student. New interns include Bridgett Durfey, Peter Chesbro, Kayley Jelinek, and Rori Serrano. We are excited to welcome two college-graduate interns, Montana Cohn (sustainability intern) and Linnea Pierson (leadership intern). We also want to welcome Roger Kiser as a new member of our wonderful kitchen staff!  


Other frequent visitors to Windy Peak include foxes, rabbits, deer, occasional elk, cross-bills, Steller's Jays, a variety of nuthatches, and a team of "busy beavers" who are renovating the central restrooms. Mr. Gneiser reports that his back porch has become a midden pile for the local pine squirrel! Until next time, enjoy the beauty that is Colorado!



Mount Evans Update 1/9/15:


The new calendar year is off to a great start at Mt. Evans. The week of Jan. 5 - 9 was spent training a great new group of interns. In the girls' bunks we have Ms. Bettinger, Ms. Olsen, Ms. Szymanski, and Ms. Knapp joining Ms. Gunn, one of our Leadership Interns. In the boys' bunks we have Mr. Fognani, Mr. Medo, Mr. Zimmerer, Mr. Rusk and Mr. Kay joining our other Leadership intern, Mr. Belitz. Together they make a perfect combination of experienced veterans and new energy to serve our sixth grade students.  


The first week with sixth grade students is Jan. 12 - 16 with the Arvada schools of Lawrence and Peck. The teachers - Ms. Vaughn and Ms. Mattox from Lawrence and Ms. Kreider and Ms. Hall from Peck - have been working tirelessly before and during their winter break to get their kids ready for a life-changing week at Outdoor Lab.  


From all of us at Outdoor Lab we wish you a very Happy and Adventurous New Year!!


Below: New interns rehearse the flag ceremony against a fading sunset at Mt. Evans.