“It’s an organization that raises wildlife awareness in kids/students. It’s lots of fun and they are helpful with helping us get ready for college. It’s AMAZING.”

- Rosario, ELK student

Our Programs

Underserved, culturally diverse youth in Arapahoe, Adams and Denver Counties do not have the same opportunities to succeed and thrive as other youth. There are far more opportunities in urban neighborhoods to skip school and join gangs than there are to become a contributing part of the community.

Eighty five percent of the students that ELK works with in school programs, mostly in Denver, Commerce City and Aurora, qualify for free or reduced lunches. In Denver Youth Naturally (DYN), ELK's core program, the demographics are approximately:

  • 34% African American
  • 43% Latino
  • 11% Multiracial
  • 9% Caucasian
  • 3% Asian/Pacific Islander

Through Learning Environmental Activities for Families (LEAF), ELK's family-based program, ELK encourages parents to experience the outdoors with their children. Parents are invited to attend all ELK activities.

As an additional source of support for students, ELK's Youth in Natural Resources (YNR) program offers leadership development, mentoring and one-to-one assistance as students prepare for college. To date, ELK has helped secure more than $757,000 in scholarships for students to attend college.