Land Hand Outdoor Challenge 

Left Hand Outdoor Challenge

Giving Young Adults The Skills Necessary To Become Stewards Of Open Space Lands

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Even know the program has already started, area teens ages 14-18 can still apply for the program.

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Award Winning Program

Best New Program Award

The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) gave the Left Hand Outdoor Challenge its Best New Program Award in 2013. CAEE recognizes exemplary and effective environmental education programs and individuals across Colorado who are setting a new standard for learning in their communities.

Achievement Award - Children and Youth

The National Association of Counties gave the Left Hand Outdoor Challenge an Achievement Award in 2014. The award recognizes innovative county government programs.

Pinnacle Award

The Boulder County Commissioners gave the Left Hand Outdoor Challenge a Pinnacle Award in 2014. The Pinnacle Awards recognizes projects and programs that exemplify the county's guiding values to provide excellent public service.

Program Objectives

Through demonstration and hands-on application of resource management techniques, participants will be able to apply sound environmental stewardship practices through:

  • Service Learning
  • Environmental Education
  • Leadership Development
  • Challenging Outdoor Activities

Monthly Challenges

Nine innovative monthly challenges will be hosted by Parks and Open Space staff from various specialties exposing participants to many different resource management issues and natural environments.

Participants will earn community service hours while helping to protect parks and open spaces.

Topics Covered

  • Outdoor Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Local Farming
  • Wildfire Fighting
  • Wildlife Tracking
  • Search & Rescue
  • Explore New Trails & Parks
  • Wilderness First Aid & Survival

Participant Requirements

  • Be between 14 and 18 years old as of September 1, 2015.
  • Be open to challenging yourself, working as a positive team member and have a desire to contribute to your community.
  • Show a willingness to be involved in outdoor activities, volunteer service and environmental stewardship.
  • Attend all nine monthly challenges.
    • Challenges are held every third Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. from September through May


Parks & Open Space