Land Hand Outdoor Challenge 

Left Hand Outdoor Challenge

We will begin accepting applications for the 2014-2015 season on May 1, 2014. 

The Left Hand Outdoor Challenge gives young adults the skills necessary to become stewards of open space lands.

Left Hand Outdoor Challenge Wins Best New Program Award

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

Program Overview

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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

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

Monthly Meeting

  • Every second Wednesday of the month from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Location to be determined

Monthly Challenge

  • Every third Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location to be determined

Participant Requirements

  • Be between 14 and 18 years old as of September 1, 2014.
  • Be open to challenging yourself, working as a positive team member and have a desire to contribute to your community.
  • Attend all meetings and challenges.
    • Program will run September through May and consists of one monthly meeting and one monthly challenge.
  • Show a willingness to be involved in outdoor activities, volunteer service and environmental stewardship.


Parks & Open Space
Jason Vroman
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