Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) awarded $33.2 M in grants.

GOCO awards $33.2 million to get kids outside, build trails, and conserve and restore land

DENVER – The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board awarded $33.2 million in grants across the state of Colorado, $13.5 million of which is part of the Inspire Initiative to get kids outside.

Six Inspire pilots were awarded funding to community- and youth-led coalitions to invest in places, programs, and pathways to that will make the outdoors more accessible for Colorado families.

All three pillars of GOCO’s five-year strategic plan awarded funding this round, with the Protect and Connect initiatives also announcing grants.

The Protect Initiative invests in large-scale, once-in-a-lifetime land conservation opportunities in Colorado and funded four more projects this grant cycle. The Connect Initiative, which aims to close trail gaps and increase foot and bike access for Coloradans, awarded its first round of planning grants to help municipalities navigate the complicated design and engineering process of trail building.

The open space grant program awarded funding to 10 projects that will sustain local agriculture and economies, give outdoor recreationists a place to play (or simply enjoy the view), protect wildlife habitat, and safeguard the state’s water supply.

The transaction costs grant program also awarded funding to help landowners place conservation easements on their land. To be eligible for the program, landowners are required to donate the entire value of the conservation easement for the project.

GOCO funded grants through its habitat restoration grant program, which funds projects that manage invasive species, protect Colorado’s water supply, mitigate fire fuels, and perform other critical restoration work.

GOCO also awarded Youth Corps funding through the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA), a statewide coalition of nine accredited youth corps groups that engage and train youth, young adults, and veterans (ages 16-25) to work on land, water, and energy conservation projects.

Corps members earn a stipend for their full-time service and an AmeriCorps education award to use toward college or trade school. The organization serves 1,700 young people annually.

In total, GOCO funding will:

· Fund 63 projects in 35 counties

· Help nearly 42,000 kids get outside in six Inspire Initiative pilot communities

· Employ 175 youth through the Colorado Youth Corps Association

· Restore 663 acres of habitat

· Conserve 97,289 acres of land, including critical wildlife habitat, productive agricultural land, scenic views, and outdoor recreation access

· Leverage $47 million in local match dollars and $17 million in donated land value

Funded projects are listed in alphabetical order by grant program. Click here to read the full press release>>


Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail Plan, $100,000 grant to Pitkin County

City of Fort Morgan Trail Master Plan, $100,000 grant to the City of Fort Morgan

Clear Creek Greenway: East Idaho Springs Planning, $100,000 grant to the City of Idaho Springs in partnership with the Clear Creek Greenway Authority (CCGA)

Complete the Ring Planning Project: $100,000 grant to the City of Colorado Springs in partnership with the Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC)

Delta County Trails Master Plan, $100,000 grant to Delta County

Evergreen North Lake Trail Planning Project, $100,000 grant to Evergreen Park and Recreation District (EVPRD)

Greenhorn Valley Trails Master Plan, $73,000 grant to Colorado City Metro District

LoVa Trail Phase III, $75,000 grant to the City of Glenwood Springs

Namaqua Trail Underpass, $97,000 grant to the City of Loveland

Palisade Plunge, $90,000 grant to the Town of Palisade

Wildcat Trail, $65,000 grant to Thompson Rivers Parks and Recreation District (TRPRD)


Elkhorn Creek Forest Restoration, $75,584 grant to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in partnership with the Elkhorn Creek Forest Health Initiative

Jones Park Bear Creek Greenback Cutthroat Trout Habitat Restoration Project, $75,000 grant to El Paso County

Las Colonias Park Riparian Restoration, $29,400 grant to the City of Grand Junction

North St. Vrain Creek Restoration in Button Rock Preserve, $60,000 grant to the City of Longmont

Poudre River and Floodplain Habitat Restoration at Kingfisher Point, $100,000 grant to the City of Fort Collins

Prewitt Wetlands Enhancement, $109,658 grant to Colorado Open Lands in partnership with Ducks Unlimited

Rio Grande State Wildlife Area Restoration and Protection Project: Phase 1, $25,000 grant to Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Swift Ponds Russian Olive Removal and Noxious Weed Eradication, $24,890 grant to Colorado Open Lands in partnership with Colorado Youth Outdoors


Get Outdoors Leadville, $3 million grant to Lake County

Nature Kids/Jovenes de la Naturaleza, $2.8 million grant to the City of Lafayette

My Outdoor Colorado, $2.7 million grant to the City and County of Denver

Go Wild NE Metro, $2.7 million grant to the cities of Aurora, Commerce City, and the City and County of Denver

Inspire Lamar, $1.3 million grant to the City of Lamar

San Luis Valley Inspire, $1 million grant to the towns of Antonito, Crestone, and Saguache


Baker’s Peak Ranch Conservation Easement Project, $625,000 to Colorado Open Lands in partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Doig Homestead Open Space, $675,000 grant to Summit County

Farmland Acquisition, $487,690 grant to the City of Brighton (partial award)

Johnson Ranch – Glade Park, $308,500 grant to Mesa Land Trust

La Garita Creek Ranch Conservation Easement, $376,500 grant to Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust (RiGHT)

Maverick Ranch, $1,056,000 grant to The Trust for Public Land (TPL)

North Floyd Hill, $545,000 grant to The Trust for Public Land (TPL), in partnership with Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT)

Poudre Valley Community Farms: A Pilot Project for Community Investment in Local Food, $639,750 grant to Colorado Open Lands (COL)

Sunfire Ranch, $1 million grant to Pitkin County

The Nature Center at Butler Corner, $264,560 grant to Montezuma Land Conservancy

Yust Ranch, $697,000 grant to The Conservation Fund


Agate Prairie Conservation Legacy, $2.14 million grant to Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust in partnership with The Trust for Public Land and The Nature Conservancy

Buckley Air Force Base (AFB) Compatible Use Buffer, $3 million grant to The Trust for Public Land in partnership with the City of Aurora and Arapahoe County

Southeast Colorado Prairie Canyonlands Conservation Project, $2.647 million grant to Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust in partnership with The Nature Conservancy

Willow Bay Acquisition, $3 million grant to Adams County


Badger Creek Conservation Easement, $39,800 grant to Central Colorado Conservancy (CCC), formerly Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas (LTUA)

Barr Farm Conservation Easement, $27,500 grant to Colorado Open Lands (COL)

McLeod Conservation Easement, $39,000 grant to Mesa Land Trust (MLT)

Menoken Farm Conservation Easement, $47,600 grant to Mesa Land Trust (MLT)

Ranch on the Uncompahgre River, $38,700 grant to Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy (GRCL) in partnership with Colorado Open Lands (COL)

Ranch on the Yampa River, $31,468 grant to Colorado Open Lands (COL)

Schultz Elk & Cattle Ranch, $50,000 grant to Montezuma Land Conservancy (MLC)


Baxter Gulch Trail and Crested Butte Open Space Stewardship, $25,200 to the Town of Crested Butte

Black Forest Area Trails and Forest Restoration, $45,000 to El Paso County

Cerise Park Open Space Invasive Weed Management, $13,800 to the City of Montrose

City of Greeley Natural Area Improvement, $41,700 to the City of Greeley

Duckett Creek Ranch Fire Mitigation and Wildlife Habitat Enhancement, $22,500 to San Isabel Land Protection Trust

Hermit Park Open Space New Trail Construction, $40,200 to Larimer County Dept. of Natural Resources

Intemann Trail Fire Mitigation Project, $30,000 to City of Manitou Springs

John Griffin Regional Park Tamarisk and Russian Olive Abatement, $30,000 to Canon City Area Rec and Park District

Las Colonias Park Riparian Area, $17,550 to the City of Grand Junction

Montezuma School to Farm Manaugh Garden Project and Ohana Kuleana Community Garden, $25,200 to the City of Cortez

Phantom Canyon Preserve River Trail, $37,800 to The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Spring Creek Park Maintenance and Mitigation, $26,400 to the Town of Brookside

Spring Creek Trail Restoration, $12,150 to the City of Steamboat Springs

Swallowtail and Ringtail Trail Corridor, $27,600 grant to Douglas County Open Space

Swift Ponds Russian Olive Removal and Noxious Weed Management, $41,700 to Colorado Open Lands (COL)

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created when voters approved a Constitutional Amendment in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 4,700 projects in urban and rural areas in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. Visit for more information.

Colorado 3rd annual Partners in the Outdoors Conference Registration Open

For More Information: 3rd Annual Partners in the Outdoors Conference


Lauren Truitt

Statewide Partnership Coordinator

Education, Partnership & Volunteer Section


P 303.291.7252| C 720.498.0472 | F 303.291.7113

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Environmental Educator Needed by Eco-Cycle’s School Recycling and Environmental Education Program

Environmental Educator Needed by Eco-Cycle’s School Recycling and Environmental Education Program

Eco-Cycle, administrator of the award-winning Boulder County School Recycling and Environmental Education Program, is seeking an environmental educator for presentations on a wide variety of environmental topics in K-12th grade classrooms. (A full description of the program is available on Eco-Cycle’s website at cyndra.

Job Responsibilities –

1. presentations on a wide variety of environmental topics for K-12th grade students using classroom, field trip and assembly formats

2. assist with:

a. phone surveys, web research and mailings

b. preparation of fliers, reports, letters, etc.

c. monitoring school progress in collection of recyclables and compostables

d. tabling, lunchroom monitoring and other outreach for Green Star (Zero Waste) Schools

e. other special projects

3. miscellaneous duties such as purchasing supplies, delivering materials to schools, maintenance and cleaning of program equipment

4. help sort and deliver books for the Children’s Used Book Project

Qualifications –

1. dedication to environmental work

2. experience teaching in a classroom setting

3. love of working with children, including a wide range of ages

4. writing and computer skills

5. ability to organize time well and be flexible with changing tasks

6. reliable vehicle to provide own transport to schools (mileage paid)

7. enjoy wearing costumes, including an elf and a superhero

Working Conditions and Benefits –

1. full-time position with full benefits

2. leave without pay, June through August, annually

3. mileage reimbursement for use of own car

4. all program preparation and driving time is included as part of paid hours

5. job requires lifting loads up to 50 pounds, carrying materials up and down stairs, transferring materials in and out of a car or other vehicle

Michele Melio

Green Star Schools® Project Manager

P.O. Box 19006

Boulder, CO 80308

(303) 444-6634 x 118

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Colorado Alliance of Environmental Educators “Happenings”


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New Categories for CAEE Awards for Excellencein Environmental Education
945c371a-c100-4ede-b538-2cd43af682dc.pngNominations Due September 14, 2015 Each year the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) recognizes and honors individuals, organizations and schools throuhout Colorado for their innovation and dedication to moving the field of environmental education forward.This year we have new award categories and look forward to seeing your nominations. We appreciate your support in sharing the award nominations with your colleagues and networks! Click here for more information on awards.

  • Advancing Environmental Literacy Award
  • Enos A. Mills Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Innovative Environmental Education Program Award (formal and nonformal programs)
  • Outstanding Environmental Educator Award (formal, nonformal, volunteer educators)
  • Outstanding Retiring Educator Recognition
  • Outstanding Youth Environmental Leadership Award (ages 14-23)

Webinar: Tues, July 28, 2pm-Collective Impact in EE

Collective Impact in Environmental EducationClick Here to Register! Collective impact occurs when organizations from different sectors agree to solve a problem using a common agenda, aligning their efforts, and using common measures of success. Join us for an overview of the collective impact framework and explore how collective impact and collaborative practices could support efforts in increasing environmental literacy across North America.Save the Date for the August 26, 1:00-2:30pm Webinar on Fundraising in EE

(more information coming soon)

Save the Date!

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) 16604ced-e39f-4af3-9106-7a948525efe1.jpgInspire Initiative WorkshopsJuly 27-August 7GOCO is investing in 5 pilot communities to invest in a community process to develop outdoor places & programming for youth & families in the outdoors. Workshops held in various locations: Edwards, Montrose, Evans, Golden, Alamosa, Pueblo, Denver

Due Sept 11- Certified Environmental Educator Portfolios

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  • Building and demonstrating strong foundations in environmental literacy?
  • Positioning yourself for success within the environmental education profession?
  • Helping to build a network of highly qualified environmental educators in Colorado?
  • Personalizing and tailoring your own professional development?
  • Becoming a Certified Environmental Educator?

The certification program is a competency based program – one where the applicant will demonstrate what they know and can do by building a portfolio.

Whether you are new to the field or have years of experience, the certification program can help you grow as an environmental educator.

Click here for more information.

Also new this year, we are happy to announce that our certification program has been approved for accreditation by the North American Association for Environmental Education! One benefit of accreditation is the nationwide transferability of Master-level Environmental Educator Certification. More information about

accreditation will be available soon.

CAEE Updates: New Address & New Listserve

CAEE has moved to the Alliance Center in Denver!CAEE is excited to announce that we moved from our office in Golden to the Alliance Center in downtown Denver. The Alliance Center is a multi-tenant shared spacethat serves as a center for innovation and learning for accelerating the implementation of sustainability in Colorado. Please update your address for CAEE 1536 Wynkoop St, Suite 314, Denver, CO 80202Our phone number will remain the same: 303-273-9527

Help CAEE settle into our new space!

The heavy rains in May and June caused flooding in the Golden Office that made a move necessary. Your support will help CAEE settle into our new home!
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Volunteer to pick Local Native Grass and Forb Seeds to enhance Rocky Flats!

Volunteer to pick local native grass and forb seeds to enhance Rocky Flats!

  • 1st Pick: October 3, 8:30-12:30

  • 2nd Pick: October 17, 8:30-12:30

  • 3rd Pick: October 31, 8:30-12:30

Lunch on us!

Jefferson County Nature Association’s 2015 volunteer seed picking efforts are scheduled in

the Rocky Flats area between Golden and Boulder near SH93. If you register with Jean (see

below), she will contact you about a week prior to each event with exact directions to the

seed picking location, as they will be different for each pick. JCNA will provide lunch to all

who register by the Thursday prior to each pick. If we have bad weather on a pick date, we’ll

have a makeup pick on the very next Saturday, all other details being the same.

• We promise a gorgeous view of the Front Range and the company of friendly likeminded

people who want to improve the environment.

• Seeds collected will be used to enrich or help restore the original prairie present

before Rocky Flats was developed.

• Before each pick, brief training will be provided by experienced Crew Leaders who

will show how to pick seeds, identify prairie plants, and the noxious weeds to avoid.

• Wear layered clothing that won’t accumulate plant particles and hiking shoes. As

many of these plants are short, ensure you can bend over or kneel comfortably (and

repeatedly) in your outfit, though you can concentrate on taller species if you choose.

• Bring a full water bottle, sunscreen, and thin gloves that protect your fingers but are

flexible enough to handle small seeds and of a material the seeds won’t stick to.

Bring scissors and wear heavier gloves if you prefer to cut the seed heads off rather

than strip them of seed by hand.

Please contact us to make special arrangements if your group is large or

you are bringing kids younger than 12 years old.

Adults must sign a waiver at the site. THOSE UNDER 18 MUST BRING A WAIVER

SIGNED BY A PARENT. Jean will send you a blank waiver when you register.

Last year of the program….Don’t miss it!!

REGISTER with Jean Tate (; use JCNA in Subject line)

(name, email, date(s) attending, ## adults/youth, address, phone)

Contact Jean or Paul Kilburn ( if you have questions.

Support Environmental Education and call your Represenative to get their support.

Congressional FY 2016 Appropriations Support Letters

for Environmental Education

Action Needed Now: First Deadline Thurs., March 18th

Details at

As with the excellent ongoing efforts to gather cosponsors for the No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI), outreach to ask our legislators to sign letters of support for environmental education appropriations holds great opportunities this year, and some big challenges, and the deadlines for various funding items are all before the end of March.

Congressional appropriations committees and subcommittees will be considering the FY 2016 budget shortly, so now is the time for all of us to advocate for the environmental education programs we know are critical to our communities and the country. The primary way our voices are heard by decision-makers in Congress is via a set of letters we ask our legislators to endorse that are addressed to the appropriations committees. We all need to ask our Senators and House members to sign these letter by the mid- to late-March deadlines.

The materials you will need – detailed instructions for you, the appropriations letters for the legislators’ endorsement, background briefings and instructions for them, and an update on NCLI – can be downloaded from We have not gotten all of the materials from the Legislature yet, so do check back on Monday and Tuesday, and we’ll email you when we post more… but don’t wait to get started!

And it’s very important that we advocate for our cause with all legislators, even those who we know will not sign these letters. Reasons include: they are in the appropriations leadership and have policies not to sign any of these letters; they don’t want to go on record supporting these items; or they have a less than positive view of environmental education… but they none-the-less really value the good work your local EE institutions and schools do. Engaging these non-signing lawmakers, to make sure that they at least understand what environmental education looks like in their community is as important as getting the needed signatures.

This is also a great time to ask for No Child Left Inside legislation cosponsorship. NCLI and the environmental education appropriations complement each other with the range of programs and audiences.

Thank you in advance for helping to secure the future of environmental education and please pass this on to your colleagues today!

No Child Left Inside Legislation Reintroduced in Congress

Thanks to you and our colleague organizations, the No Child Left Inside act (NCLI) got a great start this year. We feel that with another round or two of followups to engage addition legislators who needed more time and encouragement to sign-on, our Congressional champions will be able to position the provisions of NCLI to be considered for inclusion into the larger Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Bill numbers: H.R. 882 & S. 492, introduced on 2/11/15 & 2/12/15. More about them at and You can sign up there to get an alert about any official actions. Note that as of today, the bill names on are the formal, “A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 in order to improve environmental education…” We have been informed that it will be administratively changed to “No Child Left Inside Act of 2015” shortly.

Cosponsors: Thanks to you and the coalition of our friends, including the NCLI Coalition, National Wildlife Federation, and others, 42 House members are original cosponsors, plus sponsor Rep. Sarbanes (MD-3), compared to 43+1 for all of the last Congress…great work! On the Senate side, we were level with the last Congress for initial cosponsors, with five plus Sen. Reed (RI). In both chambers there are many additional legislators who have supported us in the past, including every one who cosponsored last time in the Senate; see below. Support spread sheet attached. (One more House cosponsor was added this morning, bringing us even with the House total from the last Congress!)

What’s next? Thank you notes + requests for our initial cosponsors to help us with recruiting some of the additional cosponsors we need. Please send your thanks via email to all legislators and staff you connected with who cosponsored, or even if you hadn’t contacted them… if they stepped up, then send a thank you. We also need public thank yous – have your state environmental education (EE) association mention our champions in their newsletter, blog, twitter feed, etc. Request that other organizations with whom you are friends, do the same: local league of conservation voters, Audubon Societies, the zoo and aquarium, etc. Sample social media language attached.

We still need more NCLI cosponsors in these categories:

Senators – We are thin with their support so far. There are 16 who have cosponsored in the past but not yet this year… mostly because they weren’t asked again!

Other past EE supporters, Senate and House, of NCLI – we have plenty of friends of environmental education who just need a little reminding of the importance of EE to their state and country, and of their past support. There are an additional 10 House members who cosponsored last term and haven’t yet done so this one, and 30 more who cosponsored in other previous Congress and not yet this time, and plenty more who have signed appropriations support letters.

Freshmen – We need new champions; we only have two so far. Some of these new legislators don’t know what EE looks like in their district or state, or they may know and love your school/organization, but don’t think about the connection between your good work, EE, and NCLI. For freshmen profiles see (you must provide your email address to download this).

Education committee members – In the House we have 9 of 16 already cosponsoring on the Democratic side, and 4 of the those remaining 7 have supported EE in Congress in the past. On the Senate HELP Committee, we have only 3 cosponsoring ed committee members so far, but again, almost all of the rest of the Democrats on the committee are friends of EE.

At least one cosponsor from every state – We are almost 1/2 way there with 23 states and D.C. represented… let’s try for this!

Republicans – We simply need more connections with them.

With all of the above groups, we know in some cases there might be a low probability of an individual legislator willing to be on the record cosponsoring NCLI, so the goal becomes having them make that positive link between your good work and support of EE, so that the Senator or Representative will at least say that they won’t vote against us!

In the coming few weeks: Congressional EE appropriations support to request. For most of us, it makes sense to combine our appeals to our legislators with several appropriation items for Congress. More on this shortly.

Thanks again for a great start!


Brock Adler

Chair, Advocacy Committee, NAAEE

(917) 608-8120

Congressional Environmental Education Supporters 2007-2015 By State.xlsx

NAAEE Advocacy Committee Communications – sample social media messages.docx