Jul 7, 2017

A simple idea to connect Colorado kids to the outdoors started as a two-school pilot program, but it quickly expanded to 35 elementary schools – and growing.

The Lottery will present Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) with its first Starburst Award for using Lottery proceeds in the development of the Schools and Outdoor Learning Environments (SOLE) program. The idea was launched in 2013 with one mission: to encourage youngsters and their families to spend more time outdoors. The project utilizes $390,000 per year in Lottery funds via an ongoing Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant.
 
The award will be presented at the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) in Vail on Monday, July 10.
 
The SOLE program is entirely Lottery-funded with more schools added each year through the GOCO School Yard Initiative grant program. The program is a long-term commitment for CPW and gives 4th grade students hands-on opportunities to connect with their environment. Children get access to CPW staff presentations, fully-funded field trips to museums and State Parks, Family Nature Night at their school, and can express their creativity in the SOLE Student Art Contest.
 
The Colorado Lottery Starburst Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds in community projects implemented to enhance a community’s environment.

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