Environmental Learning for Kids is a wonderful organization! They connect underserved youth to the outdoors, impacting their health, education and self-esteem. Living in Colorado, many kids don't experience all the state has to offer. ELK provides that opportunity, changing the kids' lives.
I have been a part of ELK for many years and loved everything about it. I am now a first year engineering student at CU Boulder and still come back to participate with them. ELK is a second family for me. Everyone cares for you and gives the support you need to get through the day. ELK provides a strong, and positive environment that encourages individuals and inspires their brilliant minds. Looking back to all the trips we took, I remember every single one of them and learned something new. Before I was a person that never went outside, then ELK challenged me to visit new heights of this beautiful world. It is an escape from the normal day of a student, and getting us outside and learning more about the environment. It is about the experiences that last a life time. It is about the people you meet along the way and developing a passion of learning. It's about accepting who you are as an individual and coming together to have a great time. It's more than just a program to me.
ELK changes lives. It has been a pleasure to serve this inspirational organization for over four years now and to witness the youth we serve blossom into responsible, enthusiastic, and educated members of our community. ELK engages youth via the amazing natural resources we are so blessed with here in Colorado, teaches leadership skills, a passion for environmental science and the value of service learning. ELK produces results like 100% high school graduation from Denver Public Schools for the last four years. Prior to that it was 98 %.