Family Nature Night at Peiffer Elementary

May 17th, 2017

Last week, the hallways at Peiffer Elementary echoed with the sounds of enthusiastic families enjoying SOLE Family Nature Night. See photos and read more about our fun-filled night in Littleton here!


Vista Peak Students connect to the outdoors at Castlewood Canyon State Park

May 8th, 2017

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Vista Peak students observing a Western Bluebird

It was truly an inspirational day and several students commented on how they wanted to come back with their families to further explore all that Castlewood Canyon has to offer. Learn more about their trip here!


Yuma Makes Memories at Family Nature Night

May 8, 2017

Despite a looming storm, Yuma families gathered in the school for an evening of nature themed fun with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Though the skies were gray, children’s faces beamed with excitement that could outshine any sun. Read more about it and see the photos here!


Pennock Flies High at Their 4th Annual Family Nature Night

May 4, 2017

In 2013, Pennock Elementary became one of two schools in the brand new Schools and Outdoor Learning Environments (SOLE) Program. With open arms, they embraced new ideas and unknown territory in Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s pilot program.

Four years later, Pennock Elementary stands strong. With their unbridled enthusiasm and fervent dedication, they have paved the way for 35 statewide schools to participate in the continually growing SOLE program.

Read more and check out photos of Pennock’s 4th Annual Family Nature Night here!


Family Nature Night Fun at Walden Elementary

April 20, 2017

Walden Elementary hosted Family Nature Night for students and their families to engage in exciting nature themes activities! To read more and view the photo gallery click here.


A Blustery Family Nature Night at Sierra Grande Elementary

April 27, 2017 

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As the strong winds of the San Luis Valley blew in, Blanca families lined up in front of Sierra Grande Elementary, waiting for Family Nature Night to begin. To read more and view the photo gallery click here!


Monterey Camps Out at the Great Sand Dunes

April 27-28, 2017

Monterey students bundled up for an incredible field trip experience: an overnight camping trip at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Check out photos and read more about it here.


Roxborough Intermediate Throws Family Nature Night 

April 19, 2017

Roxborough Intermediate welcomed students and their families to a night filled with wildlife games, archery and pizza! To read more about it and view the photo gallery click here! 

 


A Day By The River

April 19, 2017

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Imagine the you are sitting under a tree by a river on a warm sunny day. What kind of things do you see, hear and smell? What animals inhabit this area? These are all questions that the 4th graders of Lawrence Elementary thought about on their field trip to South Platte Park. To read more and view the photo gallery click here!


All Smiles at Vista PEAK’s Family Nature Night

April 28, 2017

Students and their families enjoyed a night of nature themed fun with Colorado Parks & Wildlife and our fantastic participating partners. Despite the dreary weather, guests’ eyes shone brightly with excitement at Vista PEAK’s third annual Family Nature Night. To read more and see photos, look here.


Family Nature Night at Maybell Elementary

April 19, 2017

Maybell is a steadfast ranch community in Northwestern Colorado, even with chores back home students and their families joined together at their quaint one classroom school-house for an evening of fun, archery and outdoor activities. To read more and view the photo gallery click here!


Experiencing CU South Denver

April 18, 2017 

On a beautiful Spring day, Centennial Elementary began a trip to CU South Denver for a day of fun learning about adaptations. To read more about it and view the photo gallery click here! 


Family Nature Night Travels to Glenwood Springs!

April 12, 2017

Sopris Elementary welcomed students and their families to a night filled with wildlife games, archery, fish casting and pizza! To read more and view the photo gallery click here! 


Eagle Valley Soars with Excitement at their Second Annual Family Nature Night

April 13, 2017

Fluffy white clouds painted a blue sky as families enjoyed an evening of nature themed fun with Colorado Parks & Wildlife. For the second year in a row, the sun beamed down on Eagle Valley’s annual Family Nature Night. Read more and check out photos here.


Family Nature Night Fun at Pinnacle Charter

April 6, 2017

Pinnacle Charter Elementary welcomed students and their families to a night filled with wildlife games, archery, fish casting and pizza! To read more and view the photo gallery click here!


Family Nature Night Fun at Caliche

March 24, 2017

Caliche Elementary was the host for Family Nature Night and the place was packed! Students and their families gathered inside to try archery, fish casting, and the great migration game. To read more and view the photo gallery click here!


Fourth Grade Fur Trappers

March 24, 2017

For the fourth graders of Caliche Elementary today is not just any day on the plains. Today staff members from Colorado Parks and Wildlife are coming for Family Nature Night, but not before they come into the classroom to teach about fur trappers. To read more and view the photos click here!


Secrest Families Reel in a Good Time!

March 22, 2017

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As the Sun fell lower in the sky, Secrest Elementary burst into action with families enjoying Family Nature Night. With such nice weather, Backyard Bass was outside with the Bird Conservancy who helped students learn how to identify birds. To read more and view the photo gallery click here!


Family Nature Night at Achieve

March 16 2017 

Achieve Academy hosted Family Nature Night for all their 3rd-5th grade families. Students enjoyed all the Partners and activities that the night had to offer.  To read more and view the photo gallery click here!


Springing Into Family Nature Night

March 14 2017

With more daylight Pomona Elementary got families outside for Family Nature Night.

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Students and their families had a variety of activities to choose from. Grand Valley Audubon Society set up a migration game while Cabela’s cast in the lawn for Backyard Bass. To read more and view the photo gallery click here!


Pennock Students are Found Guilty…

March 16, 2017

Of having a blast on their field trip to the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center!

On March 16, 2017, Pennock SOLE students were found guilty of multiple charges: having fun, learning about the law, exploring new places, meeting lawyers, wandering through a Supreme Courtroom, and experiencing a beautiful place. See all of the photo evidence here!

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Longfellow Families Explore the Natural World

March 9, 2017

From fish, insects, plants, to rocks- no stone was left unturned at Longfellow Elementary’s Family Nature Night. Check out the photo gallery here.

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Be sure to check back in soon! Salida was the first of many stops- SOLE staff has been busy traveling this week to spread outdoor fun to families statewide.


Wood You Like to Learn About Beavers? Well Chew on This…

March 7, 2017

Lawrence Elementary School 4th graders had beaver facts lodged into their brain by CPW Staff, Erin and Shalana! Through interactive activities the students became beaver experts. To read more and view the photo gallery, click here!


Oh What a Night!

March 2, 2017

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Eiber Elementary’s halls transformed into a party when the Family Nature Night began. Click here to read more and view the photo gallery!


Lawrence Elementary’s First Family Nature Night

February 23rd, 2017

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 Students and their families enjoyed a night of nature themed fun with Colorado Parks & Wildlife and our fantastic participating partners. Despite the dreary weather, guests’ eyes shone brightly with excitement at Lawrence Elementary’s first ever Family Nature Night. Check out photos and more here!


What Did the Bison Say to His Son on His First Day of School?

February 17th, 2017

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Bison!

The Students of Pennock Elementary giggled at the jokes the Arsenal Staff was telling during the bus tour of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The Arsenal is a special place where visitors can view wildlife in their natural habitat. To read more and view the photo gallery, click here! 


Thunder Valley Echolocates Their Day Away

February 16th, 2017

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Close your eyes. Let the night sky encompass you as the breeze flows across your face. With heightened senses, listen closely for signs of life. Fly gracefully through the air, call out to your friends, and…. eat bugs!? Thunder Valley students delved into the wondrous world of bats with a SOLE in-class program. Read more about it and check out photos here.


Dapper Day at the State Capital

February 14, 2017

 The fourth graders of Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment were dressed in their finest as they marched through the doors of the Colorado State Capital Building. To read more about their adventure and see the photo gallery click here!

Third Annual SOLE Art Contest

February 15th, 2017

Our third annual art contest is live! We invite 3rd and 4th grade SOLE students to submit their original artwork for a chance to win some fantastic prizes.

This year’s theme: Families Exploring Colorado’s Great Outdoors. Show us how you like to spend time outside with your family!

The deadline is April 7, 2017. View complete guidelines and submission information here.

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Roxborough Bounds Backwards Through Time

February 14th, 2017

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Calibrate your time machines. Fasten your seat belts. Roxborough students bounded backwards through Colorado’s history, exploring the towns and pueblos of Colorado’s past. Read more and visit the photo gallery here!


Field Trip Frenzy

February 6th, 2017

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The fourth graders of Beulah Heights Elementary traveled all the way from Pueblo to Denver to experience the joys that History Colorado had for them. Through virtual experiences and hand on activities, the students were not disappointed. To read more and view the photo gallery click here!


What Year Is It?

February 1, 2017

History Colorado welcomes the fourth graders at Pinnacle Charter for a field trip full of exploration and whimsy. To read more and view the photo gallery, click here!


M is for Mining

January 27th, 2017

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Staff are at Achieve Academy to explore what makes mountain ecosystems to important. To read more and view the photo gallery click here!


The Grass Isn’t Always Greener…

January 24th 2017 

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Sometimes we need a reminder that we have it made in 2017. Peiffer Elementary fourth graders were reminded this when they went to History Colorado and learned about how people used to live in the past. To read more and view the photo gallery click here!


Riverdale’s Day at History Colorado

January 23, 2017 

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The History Colorado Museum is a magical place where students and adults experience the past. Riverdale Elementary School 4th Graders were a part of the nostalgia during their recent field trip. To read more and view photos, click here!


Bat Program Takes Flight at Peiffer

January 11, 2017 

Peiffer Elementary welcomed the Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff to come teach the fourth grade about bats and how they have adapted to survive. To read more and view the photo gallery click here!  


Let’s Learn About the Past!

January 10, 2017 

The 4th graders at Clyde Miller P-8 had their first field trip of 2017 at History Colorado Museum. From Mesa Verde to San Luis and Bents Fort, they were able to experience what life was like back before cell phones and even plumbing. To read more and view the photo gallery, click here!


Colorado Parks and Wildlife Arrive at Pennock Rendezvous

December 21, 2016 

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 Just before Winter Break, the fourth graders at Pennock Elementary had a Rendezvous to celebrate and learn more about the fur trade and mountain men in Colorado. Colorado Parks and Wildlife Staff and History Colorado joined in on the fun by presenting different lessons. To read more and view the photo gallery, click here.


Centennial Journeys Through Keota, San Luis Valley, the Dust Bowl and a Mine Town at History Colorado

December 14, 2016

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 The Fourth grade class of Centennial Elementary enjoyed all the festivities that awaited them at History Colorado. To read more and view the photo gallery click here.


Lawrence’s Day at History Colorado

December 2, 2016 

The Fourth Graders at Lawrence Elementary were taken back in time to learn about Colorado’s past at the History Colorado Museum. Read more and view the photo gallery here.


Family Nature Night Enthralls McGlone Families

December 1, 2016 

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Students and their families lined the hallways at McGlone Academy overwhelmed by all the opportunities that were offered at Family Nature Night. Read more and view the Photo gallery here.


  Monterey Elementary Keeps Families Warm During Family Nature Night

November 17, 2016 

As the first snow of the season blew through Colorado Springs, Monterey Elementary Family Nature Night began. Everyone that walked through the front doors was excited to see what the SOLE team had planned for them. Family’s warmed up in the gym while trying archery and backyard bass casting practice with assistance from local CPW Staff. Read more about it and view the Photo Gallery here.


Family Nature Night at Milliken Elementary

November 10, 2016 

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On this cool fall evening students arrived at the school with excitement of the activities- and pizza- that awaited them. Read more and view our Photo Gallery here.


Vista PEAK travels back in time at Plains Conservation Center

November 9, 2016

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SOLE students from Vista Peak Exploratory were transported back to the 1800s…a time before the comforts of indoor plumbing, electricity and Pokémon Go.

Sunshine, pronghorn and prairie dogs were plentiful for their November field trip to Plains Conservation Center. Read more about it and view the Photo Gallery here.


Clyde Miller’s First Family Nature Night is a Hit

October 19, 2016 

With 11 new SOLE schools this year, we are never sure what kind of turn out we might get at the Family Nature Nights. The time is 5:25pm with only 5 minutes to spare until the doors open. Pizza boxes stack up on the cafeteria tables, SOLE partners at the ready with their activities set out on their tables, and backyard bass and archery set-up in the gym. Clyde Miller’s Family Nature Night is ready to start… but where are the families? Read more and look at the photo gallery here.


Fall Family Nature Night at Edison Brings Families Outside!

October 18, 2016 

With the Fall breeze kicking up the fallen leaves, SOLE partners gather with their activities around the Edison Elementary playground to show the students and their families a great night! Read more about it and look at photos here.


 Over The River and Through The Plains, To History Colorado!

October 14, 2016 

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The 4th Grade class at Caliche Elementary arrived at History Colorado after traveling over 2 hours through the vast plains. Caliche Elementary is in the North West region of the State in Iliff where there are many farm families. The last thing they expected was to go inside and find a room that reminded them of home. Read more about it and look at photos here.


Pennock Goes Bird Banding at Barr Lake State Park

September 30, 2016

Looking out upon Barr Lake, Pennock Elementary students gasped with excitement at the variety of birds. Gulls soared overhead, killdeer danced through the sand, and pelicans drifted lazily across the water. Down the trail, woodpeckers drummed and blue jays cackled. With wide eyes and open ears, even beginners can learn birding skills with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies! Read more about it and view the photos here.


The Simple Life – Murphy Creek visits Plains Conservation Center

September 23, 2016

It sure seems that our lifestyle in 2016 has become increasingly complicated. From wrestling with our GPS lead commutes to scheduling enough time for a much needed Netflix binge. Wouldn’t life be so much simpler if we lived in the old Pioneer days? The students of Murphy Creek were able to answer this question during Friday’s field trip to Plains Conservation Center ( PCC). Read more about it and see the photo gallery here.


Fall Firsts at Morrison Nature Center

September 15, 2016 

Fall is the season of change as leaves change colors and warm evenings turn chilly. True to the season, we decided to mix things up for one of our Family Nature Nights as Morrison Nature Center (MNC) stepped-up to host. With invitations sent out to multiple schools the night was an opportunity for families to see what their community had to offer. Read more about it and see the photo gallery here.


Family Nature Night kicks-off at Centennial Elementary

September 13, 2016 

Wide-eyed students marched their parents into the doors at Centennial Elementary eager to see what Family Nature Night had to offer.  They were greeted by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife SOLE team and smell of warm pizza as they were presented with raffle tickets for a chance to win amazing prizes thanks to Cabelas. Read more about it and check out the photos here.
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Home Sweet Habitat with Murphy Creek

August 25, 2016

As the sun shone through a blue sky, Murphy Creek students bounded out of their buses for our first SOLE field trip of the year. Turkey vultures inquisitively watched from above while lizards scurried into their homes. A red-tailed hawk soared overhead and insects chirped amidst the shrubs. What makes Castlewood Canyon State Park great habitat for these animals? Through trees and along streams, in caves and atop rocks, the students explored many different habitats within the park. Read more about it and check out photos here.


Welcome to SOLE!

Schools and Outdoor Learning Environments (SOLE) is designed to increase interest and participation in the outdoors. We connect Colorado 4th grade students and their families to local environmental education programs and outdoor locations.

The program, directed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, is funded by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).

We have one simple mission:

Connect kids to the outdoors!

We Do This By:

  •   Providing field trip funding and access to transportation to take students on field trips to state parks and other partner sites.
  •   Creating programs and incentives that encourage the use of school grounds as outdoor classrooms.
  •   Facilitating opportunities for students and their families to connect with partner programs and opportunities to recreate outdoors.

Program Components

As a school participating in the SOLE program, funding provides for each fourth grade student to:DSCN5722

  • 3 Field Trips
    • One to a Colorado State Park or other Colorado Parks and Wildlife property
    • One to a History Colorado affiliate site
    • One to a partner location
  • Family Nature Nights hosted at each school
  • Family Events at State Parks and/or partner locations
  • In-class programs provided by CPW staff, History Colorado staff, and/or other partner organizations
  • Outdoor Understanding for Teachers (OUT) professional development institute for SOLE teachers, summer 2017
  • Optional Basic Archery Instructor certification for PE teachers and archery provided for the entire school through the Colorado Archery in the Schools Program

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