ELK has spent more than 27 years building an inclusive and diverse community of inspired environmental stewards in Colorado.


youth to have high expectations of themselves by exposing them to the outdoors and engaging them in service-learning projects. For many of the youth ELK serves, it’s their first experience with the outdoors.


youth through science and environmental
education embedded in all of our programs and activities,
furthering students’ understanding and attitudes toward
science, the outdoors, their communities, college, and


youth by endowing them with increased academic skills, civic and community leadership, environmental stewardship, and employment opportunities.

Our Mission

Cultivating a diverse community of leaders and environmental stewards by increasing outdoor equity.

Our Vision

We envision a world in which all people are caretakers of themselves, each other, and the natural world.

Our Values

Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Social-Emotional Learning

Accessibility to Nature

Life-long Experiential Learning

Our Impact

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Students served each year
5- 25
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students in a free/reduced price lunch program
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High school graduation rate
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Students are BIPOC
Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK)

Our Programs are FREE for ELK Families

We love our ELK families! If your child is anywhere from 5 to 25 years old, we encourage you to enroll. Our programs are absolutely FREE for families. 

There are so many great ways to get involved with ELK


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