Generation Wild Events

Generation Wild Events & Partners

Thanks to Great Outdoors Colorado's Generation Wild initiative, the Out the Door! Pikes Peak coalition was formed. As one of the leading organizations in the coalition, the Y collaborates with community partners to host events, field trips, and more to encourage a curious, active and explorative lifestyle for children in our community!

With a geographic focus on the Memorial Park area and southeast part of Colorado Springs, the coalition aims to increase overall health by encouraging youth and families to spend more time outdoors. Through this initiative, scholarships are available for Camp Shady Brook's LDP and CIT teen leadership programs. Also thanks to Generation Wild, the Y-operated Prospect Lake Beach House is being renovated to become a year-round programming hub and community space.

Currently, we do not have any upcoming Generation Wild events or programs, summer programs will be announced shortly, so check this page, often! Below you can learn about our incredible partners!

Contact Program and Development Coordinator Suzanne Scott at [email protected] for more information! 

Learn about our partners

Catamount Insitute

Catamount Institute's mission "to develop ecological stewardship through education and adventure" gives youth the chance to experience the wonders of the outdoors first hand while developing life skills through nature-based education.

Science-based environmental science programs promote science literacy, outdoor exploration, experiential learning, and personal growth that align with content standards for science, math and geography standards creating a natural integration for teachers. Through the Generation Wild initiative, Catamount Institute is offering summer camps at the Beach House at Prospect Lake as well as the school-wide Catamount Outdoor Schools program for the students of John Adams Elementary School. To learn more about YES club, and for information on volunteering, please contact Beth Austin at [email protected]!

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Catamount Institute is also currently hiring for the summer camp season including two positions funded by the Generation Wild Grant. 

Other exciting programs will be happening as the year goes on. Stay tuned!

To learn more about the Catamount's programming, visit here.

City of Colorado Springs: Hillside Community Center

Hillside Community Center is a local hub of programs and services, operating since 1990. An environment for learning, recreation, and personal growth, this center features a full-size basketball court and several activity and classrooms that host programming and promote community.

To learn more about Hillside and other community centers in Colorado Springs, visit here. 

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) is a nationally recognized leader in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management.  For more than a century, CPW has worked to protect wild things and wild places for the people of Colorado. CPW manages 41 state parks, all of Colorado’s wildlife, more than 350 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs.  The agency issues hunting and fishing licenses, conducts research to improve wildlife management, protects habitat, and connects people to meaningful outdoor experiences.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife plays an instrumental role in Get Outdoors Day hosted annually in Memorial Park (stay tuned for the 2019 date), as well as with field trips with our partner schools. To learn more, visit here.

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Colorado Springs School District 11: John Adams Elementary

Located just Southeast of Memorial Park, John Adams Elementary School partners with many Generation Wild program providers to enhance the education and well-being of the nearly 500 students that attend the school.

To learn more about District 11 and Adams, visit here.  

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City of Colorado Springs: Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center

Established in 1885, North Cheyenne Canon Park is the largest city park in Colorado Springs with over 1,855 acres from foothills to mountains. The park has 2 visitor centers- Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center and Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center. The park serves more than 130,000 visitors a year including tourists from around the world and local citizens.

Starsmore offers 10 outdoor education STEM programs about natural and Colorado history. Most of the programs are performed out of Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center. The center serves about 5,000 children a year and it continues to grow. GOCO funding has allowed the center to break down barriers by being able to offer three additional school programs with transportation for John Adams Elementary serving over 200 children.

In addition, Starsmore offers the Nature Detective program which gives youth the opportunity to discover nature using the senses and learn about animals with specialized senses. Starsmore also offered a bird camp with Hillside Community Center with 22 children ranging from second to fifth graders. To learn more, visit here.

Fountain Creek Watershed District

The Fountain Creek Watershed is located along the central front range of Colorado. It is a 927-square mile watershed that drains south into the Arkansas River at Pueblo. The watershed is bordered by the Palmer Divide to the north, Pikes Peak to the west, and a minor divide 20 miles east of Colorado Springs.

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The area is characterized by extremes in temperature and precipitation, large elevation changes, steep gradients, diverse ecosystems, and a multitude of water uses. Portions of El Paso, Teller, and Pueblo counties make up the watershed, which encompasses the eight municipalities of Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Fountain, Manitou Springs, Green Mountain Falls, Woodland Park Palmer Lake, and Monument.

Creek Week is a program organized by the watershed district and implemented by the community to clean litter from waterways. Through Generation Wild, groups of volunteers cleaned Prospect Lake in Memorial Park, in October 2018.

Kids on Bikes

Kids on Bikes' mission "to inspire, and empower all kids to lead healthy, active, and happy lives through bicycling" strives to create community. Kids on Bikes main focus through the Generation Wild initiative is to provide access to bikes around the city.

Kids on Bikes unique Earn a Bike program provides youth skills, knowledge and confidence while biking. Bikes are not just given, they are earned through a weekly commitment where youth truly gain a sense of empowerment and ownership while earning their ride. To learn more, visit here.

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Rocky Mountain Field Institute

Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) actively engages thousands of community volunteers every year through the completion of trail and restoration projects that help conserve and protect our treasured public landscapes.

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Spending time in nature is crucial to a child’s development, and RMFI knows the value of investing in generations to come. RMFI believes in the future protection and restoration of our public lands throughout Southern Colorado- their major focus in the Pikes Peak Region. Every year approximately 1,000 youth, ages 8 - 24, participate in single or multi-day educational experiences. Through Generation Wild, RMFI offers career pathway opportunities: a paid internship as well as a scholarship to the awardwinning, college accredited Earth Field Studies Course. Please find the Internship Description and Application below. To learn more about RMFI and apply to the career pathways opportunities, contact [email protected] or visit here.

Generation Wild Internship Description  Generation Wild Internship Application


UpaDowna's mission is to provide access to outdoor adventures for all through events and programs that empower individuals, create healthier communities and foster a respect for the environment. UpaDowna believes that the best way to learn is through experience. Youth and adults alike have the opportunity to fulfill a life of adventure, become more aware and build self-confidence. Education and adventure await for all ages and abilities.

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Through Generation Wild, UpaDowna offers stand up paddleboarding (SUP) classes in Prospect Lake. To learn more, visit here. 

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