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October 2, 2023

Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) Announces Exciting Branding Refresh

“This rebranding initiative reflects our commitment to better serve our community, enhance our programs, and expand our impact on the lives of young people in the Denver area. The decision to rebrand comes after careful consideration and planning of more than a year and a half, and it represents a fresh start while preserving our core mission of cultivating a diverse community of leaders and environmental stewards by increasing outdoor equity.”

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September 30, 2023

How can we make the great outdoors more accessible to all?

“In Denver, which is surrounded by some of the most stunning landscapes in the country, many children rely on organizations like Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) to introduce them to the nearby mountains, where they learn about environmental stewardship, fishing, or camping.

Parker, the social justice advocate and environmental educator behind KWEEN WERK (Keep Widening Environmental Engagement Narratives), said that such programs are vital for urban youth who may have internalized stereotypes about what constitutes an outdoorsy person.”

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May 23, 2023

White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory Visits Denver to Highlight Outdoor Equity, Expanding Access to Nature

“Equitable access to nature is a cornerstone of building healthier, happier, and safer communities in Colorado and across the nation,” said Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Council Brenda Mallory. “I am grateful for strong partners like Environmental Learning for Kids and the Next 100 Coalition who are building on the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to break down barriers to outdoor access and advancing environmental justice in all communities.”

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November, 2022

THE GREAT RETHINK | CANDIDATE INSIGHT Q&A: As a Candidate, Listen, Ask Questions, and Know Where You Are on Your Inclusion Journey – Aspen Leadership Group

To bring to life the concepts and ideas discussed in the Great Rethink series, we bring together experts in the field, who can offer first-hand experience and important insights on these topics. This Q&A focuses on how a changing understanding of “Inclusion” is impacting the recruitment process for candidates.

“When it comes to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – and I mean true Inclusion – the moment you start thinking that you have it all figured out and you know all the answers, is the moment that you’re wrong.” – Juan Pérez Sáez

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October 12, 2022

Reaction pours in on Biden designation of Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument

Juan Pérez Sáez, Executive Director Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK):
The designation of Camp Hale–Continental Divide National Monument represents an opportunity to conserve one of Colorado’s most iconic landscapes. As an organization that serves more than 5,000 youth and their families predominantly from urban areas and with racially diverse identities, we see the immense value of protecting a piece of Colorado’s natural heritage, while addressing some of the most threatening issues of our lifetime, like water scarcity, climate change and biodiversity loss.

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October 7, 2022

Growing Denver Nonprofit Hosts Largest Fundraiser of the Year at
the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

On the morning of Friday, October 7th, Denver nonprofit Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) gathered Denver’s business and community leaders for a morning of celebration at their largest fundraiser of the year: ELK ‘n Eggs. Hosted at the facility of long-term partner and friend, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, this marked the 13th anniversary of this impactful event.

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July 23, 2022

Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) seeks to create environmental stewards in Colorado

Despite, having a significant presence in the state of Colorado and nationwide, we aren’t reflected in leadership positions within the environmental nonprofit sector and the conservation movement as a whole.

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July 14, 2022

Ninth Annual Latino Conservation Week Kicks Off This Weekend (July 16 –24): Initiative Breaks Down Barriers to the Outdoors, Inspires Tomorrow’s Stewards

From July 16 to July 24, communities throughout the country will enjoy and connect with the great outdoors during the 9th annual Latino Conservation Week (LCW), an initiative of Hispanic Access Foundation.

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March 1, 2022

Nonprofits increasing access to the outdoors

Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) has been working with underrepresented youth in the outdoors for nearly 30 years. They provide activities in science and science-related careers to students of color and who identify as female and LGBTQ+.

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February 16, 2022

Ten years ago, city officials and community leaders in Denver, Colorado, helped preserve a 5.5-acre property scheduled to become a 12-story commercial building. This action created an opportunity to accomplish a nonprofit’s 25-year-long dream to build a facility and launch Denver’s first nature education park.

The nonprofit is Denver-based Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK), which now has its first facility on the horizon. ELK serves Denver’s far northeast neighborhood of Montbello and introduces under-resourced Black, Indigenous, and people of color to science, leadership, and careers, and ensures equitable access to the outdoors.

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September 29, 2021

Tom’s of Maine launches get into nature Initiative with Rosario Dawson to reinvigorate Kids’ connection to the great outdoors.

The initiative will provide support to local community organizations to increase and expand their programs like access to summer camps, such as Audubon Texas’s Conservation Leaders Program for Young Women, and improve nature-based programming for extracurricular youth groups like Denver-based Environmental Learning for Kids, and the national Children & Nature Network.

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September 10, 2021

State officials unveil the creation of the Colorado Climate Corps

Juan Perez Saez, the executive director of Environmental Learning for Kids, says low-income communities are often the first to suffer from the impacts of climate change. “Communities of color, especially working-class, low-income communities all across the state, tend to live in areas with worst air quality,” Perez Saez said. “The fact that they’re being exposed to poor air quality can impact their health. It can affect their ability to go to work. Sometimes they have to call out sick.”

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August 27, 2021

Juan Pérez Sáez, People on the move at the Denver Business Journal

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August 25, 2021

ELK Welcomes New Executive Director

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June 9, 2021

MOSP Celebration and ELK Education Center Groundbreaking

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June 3, 2021

Rep. Herod: We need more equitable access for all to Colorado’s beautiful outdoors

There are incredible organizations across our state that bring underserved youth and their families into the outdoors: Backpackers hosts swimming and skiing lessons in addition to hiking trips; Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) has provided outdoor experiential education to children for the past 25 years; Wilderness on Wheels provides disability-accessible hiking trails, campsites, and even fishing opportunities; and Lincoln Hills Cares has been a historic hub for Black families and other diverse communities to recreate and recharge in the outdoors.

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October 4, 2020

ELK ‘n Eggs 2020

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September 20, 2019

ELK ‘n Eggs 2019

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