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, the decision has been made to cancel the following Outdoor Wilderness Lab 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

Please note that if a school has multiple sessions, only the listed sessions are cancelled at this time. Currently, the OWL sessions scheduled for April 20 through May 20 are anticipated to take place. The registration fee for cancelled sessions will be refunded to families as soon as possible. We wish good health and wellness to you and your families in these challenging times.

Supplemental Forms 



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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