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: May 22nd, 2020



On behalf of the OWL staff, we wanted to thank you for your support towards the OWL program this year. While we had a terrific start, the COVID-19 pandemic created a "time-out" for completing all spring sessions.

We have been using this time to redirect our planning and strategy should we begin again next fall, given approval from the school board and senior leadership. The thinking remains to start where we left off this spring using several possible scenarios around the existing COVID mandate. In any case, we are in a holding pattern until further notice.


We will be updating you as soon as we know more. Again, thank you for all your support and effort in creating such a positive experience for all our 6th grade students! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

We are sending positive thoughts and prayers to all of you and your families during this time. We hope your summer finds you safe, healthy, and recharged.


With Warmest Regards,



Mark Allen - mark.allen@d51schools.org

Greg Weckenbrock - greg.weckenbrock@d51schools.org

Maria Deuel - maria.deuel@d51schools.org

*Español* OWL Update Letter for Parents/Guardians

“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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