Outdoor Wilderness Lab



Mission: Provide every student with meaningful learning opportunities by experiencing science and overcoming social-emotional challenges outside.


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


About OWL: The Outdoor Wilderness Lab (OWL) is an outdoor science school owned and operated by Mesa County Valley School District 51. Located at the Gateway School, 47 miles west of Grand Junction in the heart of one of the most iconic landscapes in Colorado, it features diverse habitats, sandstone buttes, and open skies in abundance. Surrounded by the Unaweep and Dolores River Canyons with West Creek running right through the center of campus, OWL's unique learning environment invites students to explore the natural world around them with curiosity and critical thinking at every turn!

VISIT THE OUTDOOR WILDERNESS LAB WEBSITE
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              Register for Your Spring 2021 Day Trip to OWL!

East Middle School

Orchard Mesa Middle School

Bookcliff Middle School

Mt Garfield Middle School

West Middle School

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OWL is an important extension of your education. To get the most out of it, prepare yourself by: 

  • Being ready to spend the whole day outside.
  • Check the weather before you go.
  • Bring the following items:
    • Backpack
    • Mask
    • Layers of Clothes- appropriate for hot or cold weather
    • Hat- sunny and/or cold weather
    • Gloves- cold weather only
    • Rain Coat (if rainy weather is expected)
    • Shoes or boots (No open-toed shoes!)
    • Water Bottle
    • Pen/ Pencil
  • LEAVE YOUR PHONES AT HOME OR AT YOUR SCHOOL. DO NOT BRING THEM TO OWL.
  • Complete all "launch" activities assigned by your teachers PRIOR to your departure. The adventure begins the moment you step foot on the bus on the bus! 
  • Explore www.outdoorwildernesslab.org to familiarize yourself with OWL! Find OWL on a map, check out pictures and videos from previous trips, or do a Remote Learning Lesson to get a feel for what you'll be doing! We can't wait to see you at OWL!

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Additional Information

  • Click HERE to find OWL at Gateway School on Google Maps.
  • Click HERE for current weather in Gateway, CO.

Contact Us

Outdoor Wilderness Lab at Gateway School
42575 CO-141, Gateway, CO 81522
(970)254-7080
owl@d51schools.org

Principal: Mark Allen- 
mallen@d51schools.org
Lead Teacher: Greg Weckenbrock- greg.weckenbrock@d51schools.org

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