D-51 Outdoor Wilderness Lab to welcome more students


GRAND JUNCTION– School District 51 announced Wednesday their Outdoor Wilderness Lab, or “OWL” is expanding to include more students.

The program was previously only offered to Bookcliff Middle School sixth-graders, but with this new expansion, all D-51 sixth graders will be able to participate starting Spring 2020.

The OWL program will also now have a permanent base in a new facility at Gateway School. Along with new buildings, tent/cabin hybrids are in the works.

Students will be able to spend three days learning archery, hiking, and spending time outdoors from March through May.

We get to have the students for 24-hours a day… so its really school from sun up to sun down. We find that its very enriching for students, they are literally doing science from the moment they get up to when they go to sleep.

Greg Weckenbrock, OWL School’s Lead Facilitator

Aside from all the recreational fun, the owl is similar to a regular school day, just with more time, for more education.

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