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 Alliance of Environmental Education is losing State Funding for its Executive Director

The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) has always been politically correct. so I thought I would interpret. The CAEE is losing the funding for its Executive Director. The opportunity for this funding has allowed the CAEE to accomplish amazing and astounding things for the careers and profession of Environmental Educators.

This is going to be a set back for Environmental Education in Colorado.


CAEE Board of DirectorsMichelle FinchumFort Collins Utilities

Beverly Grant

Mo’ Betta Green Market

Joel Koenig

Sarah Johnson

Roaring Fork Conservancy

Deb Matlock

Wild Rhythms

Barbara Patterson

Front Range Community College

Laura Roberts

Xcel Energy

Janna Six

Prentice Foundation

Melissa Yoder

Colorado State Land Board

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DearCAEE Members and Supporters,Ensuring that Colorado has environmentally connected and informed decision makers is a collective effort and our impact grows as we mobilize partnerships. One of our keystone partners, the Colorado State Forest Service, has had a profound impact on environmental education in Colorado through their long standing support of CAEE.The Partnership has evolved over the last 20 years from providing staff and expertise to create the first Colorado Environmental Education Master Plan to fully supporting the executive director position at CAEE. Our partnership continues to evolve and beginning in 2016 our partnership will shift from the Colorado State Forest Service supporting the executive director position to partnering in other meaningful ways to advance environmental education.

CAEE recognizes the critical and important role the Colorado State Forest Service has had enabling CAEE to take an active role in:

  • Creating the first Master Plan for EE in Colorado to help create a common agenda for environmental education
  • Advocating for the inclusion of EE in our State Academic Standards
  • Passing the first Colorado Legislation supporting EE in 2010
  • Supporting the passage of the Colorado Environmental Education Plan, adopted by the State Board of Education in 2012
  • Leading the Careers in Natural Resources Initiative with the Colorado Youth Corps Association to ensure that all Colorado youth and young adults have access to career pathways in Natural Resources

Without the State Forest Service, the landscape of environmental education would not have its current impact and CAEE would not have achieved the same level of growth and success. As we continue to build EE in Colorado in 2016 and beyond, we are focused on building new opportunities for partnership with the Colorado State Forest Service and new partnerships that will continue to grow the impact and build capacity for environmental education in Colorado. If you have any questions, please contact me at director or 303-273-9527.


Katie Navin, Executive Director


CAEE Board of Directors

Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education152060 S. Golden Rd.Golden, CO 80401



Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE)

Position Available: Environmental Literacy Coordinator

The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) is a non-profit association, providing services to more than 750 environmental educators statewide. The organization serves the shared interests of public agencies, businesses, teachers, community organizations and individuals providing and using environmental education (EE) materials and programs. CAEE exists to elevate environmental literacy by providing professional development opportunities, coordinating support services, and facilitating communication and networking between Colorado’s EE providers, supporters, and the public.

Position Description: The Environmental Literacy Coordinator is a part-time; grant funded, position for one year that will assist CAEE and the Colorado Environmental Education Leadership Council by supporting PreK-12 Environmental Education initiatives outlined in the Colorado Environmental Education Plan. You can find out more about the Colorado Environmental Education Plan and the Colorado Environmental Education Leadership Council at:

To apply: Send cover letter and resume (included in one attached document with last name as file name in Microsoft Word or PDF) to director or Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education, 15260 S. Golden Rd Golden, CO 80401. Email preferred. Deadline: September 16, 2013.

Last chance: Reserve your seat for the EE Awards Celebration by TODAY


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The EE news YOU needCAEE Happenings – February 21, 2013

2012 Awards for Excellence in EECAEE Invites you to join us in celebrating these incredible individuals and programs at our annual:

Environmental Education Awards Celebration

Last Chance to Reserve your seat!

RSVP Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2013


Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013

Time: Six o’clock in the evening

Location: Renaissance Denver Hotel

Ticket Prices:

Individual – $40

Table of 8 – $300

Table Sponsor – $500

Click here to RSVP


Congratulations to the 2012 award recipients:

Enos Mills Lifetime Achievement Award

Cyndra Dietz, Boulder County School Recycling and Environmental Education Programs Coordinator, Eco-Cycle

President’s Award

Lise Aangeenbrug, Executive Director,

Great Outdoors Colorado

Program Award Recipients:

Alliance for Climate Education

Alliance for Climate Education

BVSD 4th Grade Field Trip Program

Thorne Nature Experience

Children’s Peace Garden Program.

Growing Gardens

GASP! Girls Advancing Scientific Progress After School –

CSU Environmental Learning Center

H2O Outdoors

Keystone Science School

Learn More about Climate

CU-Boulder Office of University Outreach

Operation Water Festival Program

Keep it Clean Partnership

Project Learning Tree Environmental

Experiences for Early Childhood

Colorado State Forest Service – Project Learning Tree

Take Charge! Student Energy Education and Action

Groundwork Denver

Youth Education Programs

Loveland Youth Gardeners

If you have an announcement for CAEE’s Newsletter,
please email by the 10th of each month.Jenn Rieskamp
Program Coordinator
Phone: 303-273-9527
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