Outdoor Wilderness Lab

Vision:Engage EVERY D51 learner in unique learning experiences that explore conservation of natural resources in our local environment and empower health and wellness for our learners. 

About OWL:
 The Outdoor Wilderness Lab (OWL) was created in 2012 when a group of teachers from Bookcliff Middle School and officers from Colorado Parks and Wildlife took 33 6th graders on an unforgettable outdoor learning experience. Since then, OWL has continued to innovate and grow so that this year, for the first time, every 6th grader in D51 has the opportunity to attend! 

 OWL creates a unique learning experience that challenges students to engage with academic skills and social and emotional learning in an outdoor setting. At OWL, students form connections with both the people and the natural environment surrounding them, making their learning meaningful and lasting. 

Visit: www.outdoorwildernesslab.org to learn more about OWL!



May 22, 2020


On behalf of the OWL staff, we wanted to thank you for your support towards the OWL program this year. While we had a terrific start, the COVID-19 pandemic created a “time-out” for completing all spring sessions.

We have been using this time to redirect our planning and strategy should we begin again next fall, given approval from the school board and senior leadership. The thinking remains to start where we left off this spring using several possible scenarios around the existing COVID mandate. In any case, we are in a holding pattern until further notice.

We will be updating you as soon as we know more. Again, thank you for all your support and effort in creating such a positive experience for all our 6th grade students! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

We are sending positive thoughts and prayers to all of you and your families during this time. We hope your summer finds you safe, healthy, and recharged.

With Warmest Regards,

Mark Allen - mark.allen@d51schools.org

Greg Weckenbrock - greg.weckenbrock@d51schools.org

Maria Deuel - maria.deuel@d51schools.org

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Additional Information

  • Click HERE for the parent meeting presentation slides.
  • Click HERE to find OWL at Gateway School on Google Maps.
  • Click HERE for current weather in Gateway, CO.
  • Click HERE for OWL's Facebook Page to find out the latest news at OWL!   Image result for facebook image

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