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Left Hand Outdoor Challenge

Left Hand Outdoor Challenge

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

This free program is designed for Boulder County-area teens ages 14-18 and seeks to teach about various careers in natural resources as well as to develop new outdoor skills.

Apply Now

Sorry, we are no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 season.
The application deadline was July 31.

Adult Volunteers

The application deadline for adult volunteers is August 16.
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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

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

2018-2019 Season

Innovative monthly challenges will be hosted by Parks & 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.

Participant Requirements

  • Be between 14 and 18 years old as of September 1, 2018.
  • 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.


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