Greg Weckenbrock                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Outdoor Wilderness Lab at Gateway School

42575 CO-141, Gateway, CO 81522     

970-254-7539 ex27103 


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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.

COVID-19 Update: 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to cancel the following Outdoor Wilderness Lab sessions:


  • March 23 - March 25: East Middle School

  • March 25 - March 27: Bookcliff Middle School 

  • March 30 - April 1: Mount Garfield Middle School

  • April 1 - April 3: West Middle School

  • April 6 - April 8: Fruita Middle School

  • April 8 - April 10: West Middle School

  • April 13 - April 15: Mount Garfield Middle School

  • April 15 - April 17: Fruita Middle School


Please note that if a school has multiple sessions, only the listed sessions are cancelled at this time. Currently, the OWL sessions scheduled for April 20 through May 20 are anticipated to take place. The registration fee for cancelled sessions will be refunded to families as soon as possible. We wish good health and wellness to you and your families in these challenging times.

“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)