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!



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to inform you that all remaining OWL sessions will be cancelled. The list below identifies all cancelled sessions:

  • March 23 - March 25: East Middle School
  • March 25 - March 27: Bookcliff Middle School 
  • March 30 - April 1: Mount Garfield Middle School
  • April 1 - April 3: West Middle School
  • April 6 - April 8: Fruita Middle School
  • April 8 - April 10: West Middle School
  • April 13 - April 15: Mount Garfield Middle School
  • April 15 - April 17: Fruita Middle School
  • April 20 - April 22: Grand Mesa Middle School
  • April 22 - April 24: Fruita Middle School
  • April 27 - April 29: East Middle School
  • May 4 - May 6, 2020: Redlands Middle School
  • May 6 - May 8, 2020: Redlands Middle School
  • May 11 - May 13, 2020: Redlands Middle School
  • May 13 - May 15, 2020: Juniper Ridge
  • May 18 - May 20, 2020: Orchard Mesa Middle School

As we begin to plan for next year’s programming, one possibility will be to start where we left off this spring. Recognizing that our current students will be seventh graders next year, we might be able to reschedule the cancelled sessions for fall, and register next year’s sixth graders for spring sessions. This is only one option and we welcome your suggestions. 

We are working on refunding the OWL registration fees for the cancelled sessions and we appreciate your patience in this process.

We had an extremely successful launch for the first two weeks of OWL. It was invigorating to see high student engagement and excitement for outdoor learning experiences. We can only imagine the impact that will follow post COVID-19! 

Our staff would like to thank you for your support of OWL during this challenging time. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. 


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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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