Outdoor Wilderness Lab

 



Mission: Provide every student with meaningful learning opportunities by experiencing science and overcoming social-emotional challenges outside.


Vision: Engage every D51 learner in unique learning experiences that explore the conservation of natural resources in our local environment and empower health and wellness for our learners.


About OWL: The Outdoor Wilderness Lab (OWL) is an outdoor science school owned and operated by Mesa County Valley School District 51. Located at the Gateway School, 47 miles west of Grand Junction in the heart of one of the most iconic landscapes in Colorado, it features diverse habitats, sandstone buttes, and open skies in abundance. Surrounded by the Unaweep and Dolores River Canyons with West Creek running right through the center of campus, OWL's unique learning environment invites students to explore the natural world around them with curiosity and critical thinking at every turn!

VISIT THE OUTDOOR WILDERNESS LAB WEBSITE
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WORK FOR OWL!
OWL is hiring for the following positions (click to apply):

Instructor
Americorps Instructor
Administrative Specialist
Nurse

 Or send resumes directly to [email protected]

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              Register for Your 2022-2023 Trip to OWL!

Middle Schools

Bookcliff Middle School

  • Group 1:  October 24 - October 26, 2022 (Registration coming soon!)
  • Group 2:  October 26 - October 28, 2022 (Registration coming soon!)
  • Group 3:  May 8 - May 10, 2023 (Registration coming soon!)
  • Group 4:  May 10 - May 12, 2023 (Registration coming soon!)

East Middle School

  • Group 1:  September 28 - September 30, 2022 (Registration coming soon!)
  • Group 2:  March 8 - March 10, 2023 (Registration coming soon!)
  • Challenge: March 13 - March 15, 2023 (Registration coming soon!)

Fruita Middle School

  • Group 1:  October 3 - October 5, 2022 (Registration coming soon!)
  • Group 2:  October 5 - October 7, 2022 (Registration coming soon!)
  • Group 3:  March 27 - March 29, 2023 (Registration coming soon!)
  • Group 4:  March 29 - March 31, 2023 (Registration coming soon!)

Grand Mesa Middle School

  • Group 1:  October 17 - October 19, 2022 (Registration coming soon!)
  • Group 2:  May 15 - May 17, 2023 (Registration coming soon!)

Grand River Academy

  • Group 1:  March 6 - March 8, 2023 (Registration coming soon!)
Mt. Garfield Middle School
  • Group 1:  November 14 - November 16, 2022 (Registration coming soon!)
  • Group 2:  November 16 - November 18, 2022 (Registration coming soon!)
  • Group 3:  April 3 - April 5, 2023 (Registration coming soon!)
  • Group 4:  April 5 - April 7, 2023 (Registration coming soon!)

Orchard Mesa Middle School

  • Group 1:  September 12 - September 14, 2022 (Registration coming soon!)
  • Group 2:  September 19 - September 21, 2022 (Registration coming soon!)
  • Group 3:  September 21 - September 23, 2022 (Registration coming soon!)

Redlands Middle School

  • Group 1:  April 17 - April 19, 2023 (Registration coming soon!)
  • Group 2:  April 19 - April 21, 2023 (Registration coming soon!)
  • Group 3:  April 24 - April 26, 2023 (Registration coming soon!)
  • Group 4:  April 26 - April 28, 2023 (Registration coming soon!)

West Middle School

  • Group 1:  November 7 - November 9, 2022 (Registration coming soon!)
  • Group 2:  May 1 - May 3, 2023 (Registration coming soon!)


High Schools

Central High School

  • Fall 22:
  • Spring 23:
    •  Students: Application Coming Soon         
    • Teachers: Recommendation Form Here (Coming soon!)

Fruita Monument High School

  • Fall 22: 
  • Spring 23:
    • Students: Application Coming Soon
    • Teachers: Recommendation Form Here (Coming soon!)

Grand Junction High School

  • Fall 22: 
  • Spring 23:
    • Students: Application Coming Soon
    • Teachers: Recommendation Form Here (Coming soon!)

Palisade High School

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OWL is an important extension of your education. To get the most out of it, prepare yourself by: 

  • Following the Packing List.
  • Check the weather before you go.
  • Leave all personal electronics at home.
  • Explore www.outdoorwildernesslab.org to familiarize yourself with OWL! Find OWL on a map, check out pictures and videos from previous trips, or do a Remote Learning Lesson to get a feel for what you'll be doing! We can't wait to see you at OWL!

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Important Forms

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Additional Information

  • Click HERE to find OWL at Gateway School on Google Maps.
  • Click HERE for current weather in Gateway, CO.

Contact Us

Outdoor Wilderness Lab at Gateway School
42575 CO-141, Gateway, CO 81522
(970)254-7080
[email protected]

Principal: Mark Allen- 
[email protected]
Lead Teacher: Greg Weckenbrock- [email protected]

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