Located in beautiful Gateway, CO, the Outdoor Wilderness Lab provides high-quality, experiential education to students from Mesa County Valley School District 51.


OWL creates a unique learning experience that challenges students to engage not only with the curriculum they are learning, but with the complex world around them as well. Specifically they form connections to both the natural environment and the people surrounding them. This makes their learning more meaningful and lasting.


OWL was created in 2012 when Colorado Parks and Wildlife partnered with District 51 to provide a week of outdoor school to 33 students. Since then, OWL has continued to grow with 450+ students having attended thus far and another 450+ scheduled to attend in 2020 alone!


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Greg Weckenbrock                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Outdoor Wilderness Lab at Gateway School

42575 CO-141, Gateway, CO 81522     

970-254-7539 ex27103



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