These local program provides have come together to form the Generation Wild of the Pikes Peak Region Coalition. Read below to learn more about each organization and click to visit their websites. The programs are being offered at little to no cost to qualified participants living in Southeast Colorado Springs. To see the current programs that are available click the “current programs” button below.


Catamount Institute

For over 20 years, Catamount Institute has taught children that they all possess the powerful ability to protect and nurture the natural world. Catamount Institute fulfills their mission through innovative environmental education programming, the inclusion of current events, and lessons consistent with Colorado Department of Education Science Standards; encouraging kids to think proactively about their relationship with the environment. Every child that is a part of the program experiences the wonders of the outdoors firsthand, developing life skills that serve society as well as themselves. Each year, Catamount Institute serves over seven thousand youths and adults at schools, parks, camps, and business locations all over the Pikes Peak region. Catamount Institute provides Summer Camps, School Programs, and more as part of Generation Wild Pikes Peak


City of Colorado Springs - Community Centers - Hillside, Deerfield, and Meadows Park

Located in areas impacted by marginalized socioeconomic conditions, each center strives to effectively develop creative solutions to improve the quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Unique partnerships between neighborhood associations, churches, schools, non-profit agencies, private businesses, and military installations allows the Colorado Springs Community Centers to create a unparalleled environment for learning, recreation, and personal growth. Additionally, the Community Centers provide comprehensive and integrated community-based services at a single site for youth, families, the elderly, and those with special needs.


North Cheyenne Cañon Park & Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center

North Cheyenne Cañon Park is located on the southwest side of Colorado Springs.  North Cheyenne Cañon Park is cut 1,000-feet deep into the 1.5 billion-year-old granite rock. This 1,600-acre park provides good habitat for large animals such as the Black Bear, Mountain Lion and Mule Deer, and little birds that love water, like the Kingfisher, American Dipper and Broad-tailed Hummingbird. The Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center serves as an introduction to Cheyenne Cañon and its beautiful waterfalls, rock formations, wildflowers and wildlife. Here you will discover activities for guests of all ages.


Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) is a nationally recognized leader in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management.  For more than a century, CPW has worked to protect wild things and wild places for the people of Colorado. CPW manages 41 state parks, all of Colorado’s wildlife, more than 350 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs.  The agency issues hunting and fishing licenses, conducts research to improve wildlife management, protects habitat, and connects people to meaningful outdoor experiences.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife plays an instrumental role in Get Outdoors Day hosted annually in Memorial Park, check our upcoming events for more information!


Fountain Creek Watershed District

The Fountain Creek Watershed is located along the central front range of Colorado. It is a 927-square mile watershed that drains south into the Arkansas River at Pueblo. The watershed is bordered by the Palmer Divide to the north, Pikes Peak to the west, and a minor divide 20 miles east of Colorado Springs.

The area is characterized by extremes in temperature and precipitation, large elevation changes, steep gradients, diverse ecosystems, and a multitude of water uses. Portions of El Paso, Teller, and Pueblo counties make up the watershed, which encompasses the eight municipalities of Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Fountain, Manitou Springs, Green Mountain Falls, Woodland Park Palmer Lake, and Monument. The Fountain Creek Watershed leads Colorado’s largest watershed clean up Creek Week in the Fall each year!


Kids on Bikes

Kids on Bikes works hard to equip and train others to bring the joy of bicycling to their own neighborhood or school, and integrate the bicycle into children’s everyday lives. Kids on Bikes strives to connect people to their neighborhood and parks in a new ways and empower kids, families and communities to pedal toward a healthier future. Kids on Bikes has bike library at many area schools and community centers in the area. They own the Pedal Station and Mountain Equipment Recyclers where you can purchase gently used gear for all your outdoor adventures.


Rocky Mountain Field Institute

Rocky Mountain Field Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Colorado Springs, Colorado dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of public lands in the Southern Colorado Rockies through volunteer-based trail and restoration projects, experiential education, and restoration research.



UpaDowna fills a need within the outdoor community to educate and promote adventure for all ages and abilities to include folks looking towards either an introduction to the outdoors or an advancement on presently held skills. UpaDowna’s vision includes keeping true to its core by retaining a focus on our traditions but also by expanding the outdoor gear and product review section as well as developing classes and adventures from day hikes to expeditions throughout Colorado. UpaDowna is here to break down the barriers to a fulfilling and exciting life of adventure.


YMCA - Camp Shady Brook

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