MissionEmpower students to learn and live outside. 

VisionEngage EVERY D51 learner in unique learning experiences that explore conservation of natural resources in our local environment and empower health and wellness for our learners.

GoalProvide the opportunity for every student in MCVSD 51 to attend OWL.

OWL Update: September 9th, 2020



On behalf of the entire OWL staff, we sincerely hope you're off to a healthy and productive start to your school year. While our overnight programming continues to be "on hold", we're certainly making the most out of the opportunity by improving our instructional methods, our curriculum, and our facilities. 

Specifically, in collaboration with District 51's leadership, we've developed a plan to teach outdoor science and social-emotional lessons at school sites during the fall of 2020 and hope to begin implementing the plan soon. We're also hopeful to begin hosting students for overnight programming again in the spring of 2021 using several possible scenarios around existing COVID-19 policies and procedures.

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic to determine when we might be able to restart programming. We're so excited for the day we finally see smiling students, engaged in learning along the banks of West Creek, surrounded by junipers and sandstone cliffs 'neath the wide-open sky of gorgeous Gateway! 

We want to sincerely thank all of OWL's supporters during this challenging time, especially the continued partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Great Outdoors Colorado, Friends of Youth and Nature, The Western Colorado Community Foundation, and the Grand Junction Lions Club. We couldn't do it without you!


We will keep you updated as we know more. Please feel free to contact us any time. Until then, check our social media accounts to learn more about the daily happenings at OWL. Stay safe! Keep learning!


With Warmest Regards,



Mark Allen - mark.allen@d51schools.org

Greg Weckenbrock - greg.weckenbrock@d51schools.org


“This is a beautiful experience with the forest all around. The classes are very interesting. You will love this, I promise. You will make new friends and remember this for the rest of your life! This may be my favorite memory of sixth grade. I have never felt so good and so brave before.”

-Sierra Conrad (2018)



Greg Weckenbrock                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Outdoor Wilderness Lab at Gateway School

42575 CO-141, Gateway, CO 81522     

970-254-7539 ex27103



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