Outdoor Lab Foundation donates to Jeffco schools

More than $60,000 in tuition assistance given last month

Staff report
Posted 4/30/19

For generations of sixth graders growing up in Jefferson County, the annual Outdoor Lab trip experience has become a rite of passage. To ensure that the experience remains available to all children, …

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Outdoor Lab Foundation donates to Jeffco schools

More than $60,000 in tuition assistance given last month

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For generations of sixth graders growing up in Jefferson County, the annual Outdoor Lab trip experience has become a rite of passage.

To ensure that the experience remains available to all children, no matter what their household financial situation might look like, the nonprofit Outdoor Lab Foundation has been available to offer tuition support. This year, the foundation says it gave out more than $60,000 in tuition support last month alone.

The mission of the Outdoor Lab Foundation is to inspire community support and advocate for the Outdoor Lab program. Advocating at the program’s heart includes supporting Jefferson County local schools. This year, the foundation says it sought student tuition support from outside funders, and garnered donations at “an inspiring pace.”

This year was an especially important year for the foundation to provide support — it’s the first full year that many sixth-grade students in Jefferson County were housed in middle schools instead of elementary schools. This challenged the middle schools to support some students’ Outdoor Lab tuition for the first time.

The following organizations supported the Outdoor Lab Foundation for 2018-2019 Outdoor Lab student tuition funding, totaling over $75,000 given out this year to local Jefferson County schools.

 City of Golden, Citizens Assistance Fund: $5,000

 City of Lakewood, Lakewood Legacy Foundation: $10,000

 City of Wheat Ridge: $18,500

 Community First Foundation: $25,000

 Golden Civic Foundation: $2,250

 Westminster Legacy Foundation: $5,000

 Virginia W. Hill Foundation: $10,000

The Outdoor Lab program is more than 62-years-old. It offers students the experience of staying at one of two locations for four to five days, and learn parts of the sixth grade curriculum in ways that cannot be duplicated in the regular classroom setting. Topics taught in Outdoor Lab include conservation, mapping, creative writing, astronomy, art music, and outdoor leisure.

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