is a time
for the outdoors
Kids today spend half as much time outside as their parents did. Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and explore. Generation Wild of the Pikes Peak Region has put together these great programs to get kids outdoors. Most programs are low or no cost for those who qualify and live in Southeast Colorado Springs. See each program for specific details or contact us for any questions! We want to make sure to match up your child to a program that fits for them. Have an older young adult? Check out the Work for us page and see if there is a summer job with one of our partners that might be a good fit! Let’s go outside!
Summer camp is a core part of summer for many youth and Catamount Institute is offering Summer camps at heavily reduced pricing as part of Generation Wild of the Pikes Peak Region. If you live in the Southeast Part of Colorado Springs and have a financial need please apply for a scholarship! Sign up early as spots will go fast.
For Catamount Institute - Camps will take place at Prospect Lake/Memorial Park and Sondermann Park(on the west side). To sign up for summer camp at the heavily reduced scholarship prices. Click here to see what camps are available then follow the steps bellow.
Apply for scholarship
Register for camp using the code “generationwild” these will be the most you would have to pay. If these prices are still a barrier. Please contact us to discuss! We have funding to support your child attending camp at Catamount Institute.
STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING
Stand Up Paddle Boarding with UpaDowna at Prospect Lake
$20/person (Scholarships available. Class includes two session dates and end-of-season BBQ) Classes can host a maximum of 10 kids in each class
Learn the hottest outdoor sport, Stand Up Paddleboarding! Featuring two classes, a weekly, optional, free public paddle board session, and a group party at the end of July, this program covers everything you need to try this excellent adventure! The first class is all about the equipment, basic skills, and safety. The second class will cover advanced skills and games, then celebrate your SUP Skills with a Paddle Party at the end of July with all of the participants from both sessions! Fun and easy for all ages 6th-12th grade .
6th-8th Grade - June 4 & 6 2-4pm or June 11 & 13 2-4pm
9th-12th Grade - July 16 & 18 9-11am or July 23 & 25 9-11am
To register call 719-429-9006
Volunteer for your Community
Come spend a day with Rocky Mountain Field Institute in a Colorado Springs park or open space while helping to improve trails and protect wildlife habitat! RMFI's community trail work days take place in locations including Garden of the Gods Park, Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Stratton Open Space, Black Forest, and others, and are a great way to:
Work with a team of fun people to help keep our trails and parks beautiful!
Spend a day outdoors, getting exercise, and visiting a park or open space. You may find your new favorite trail!
Learn about public land stewardship and the importance of taking care of our outdoor spaces!
Gain skills in trail maintenance and environmental restoration work!
Most trail days are open to ages 13 and up, though a few select dates are designated Youth Days open to ages 8 and up (with an adult volunteer). Find complete calendar of trail days and sign up to help at https://www.rmfi.org/volunteer-calendar. To schedule a group trail work day, or to ask any questions, contact Molly Mazel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-471-7736.
Go to College
in the Mountains
Earth Corps is an award-winning, for-credit college field studies program run by the Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) in partnership with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to provide motivated, environmentally conscious students the opportunity to live, work, and learn in the incredible natural classroom of the Colorado wilderness. In 2019, Earth Corps students will complete environmental restoration projects in Willow Lake Basin located at the base of Challenger Point and Kit Carson Peak, two iconic 14,000-foot peaks in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and develop key outdoor skills during the program and through their summits of both peaks. The projects entail long hours of very demanding physical labor at altitudes of 11,000-14,000+ feet. Students will learn and practice outdoor leadership, Leave No Trace ethics, backcountry navigation, alpine mountaineering, and risk management skills. There are no course pre-requisites to participate in Earth Corps. Previous backcountry experience is preferred, but not required. Earth Corps is a very physically strenuous program and participants must arrive in good physical condition.
Thanks to the generous funding from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), full scholarships are available to eligible Generation Wild participants. The scholarship covers the course fee of $1,500 for tuition, project equipment, food, supplies, and course materials, as well as additional funding for needed camping equipment. All meals for the duration of the program are included. For complete information and link to apply, please click below. To apply for the full scholarship, please include your intent to apply and eligibility information in the cover letter of your application.