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GoWild NEMC Project

Full group cropped June 30 2016In 2018, the FFRWR became the host of a major grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Generation Wild grant program (https://generationwild.com/), the GoWild Northeast Metro Coalition (GoWild NEMC). Five governments and seven nonprofits work together to provide opportunities for youth to get outdoors and to pursue jobs and careers in the outdoors.

Every week in four neighborhoods surrounding the RMANWR, youth get to enjoy and work in the outdoors. Northwest Aurora, Montbello, Northeast Park Hill, and Commerce City youth go rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and learn about the environment from the GoWild teams.

The GoWild nonprofit partners are:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
Bluff Lake Nature Center
Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK)
Groundwork Denver
Mile High Youth Corps
Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership
The Urban Farm

The GoWild government partners are:

Aurora Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Commerce City Parks, Recreation, and Golf
Denver Parks and Recreation
Barr Lake State Park
US FWS at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

What did youth from the Suncor Boys & Girls Club in Commerce City do last year? They rode horses, toured the Sand Creek Greenway, skied and snowboarded at Winter Park, did a ropes course in Genesee, and climbed with the experts from the Colorado Mountain Club. Michelle Compass Program Spring 2018Thanks to partners such as Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK), youth can join the YAC (Youth) and camp out in three national parks and learn career and job skills. Groundwork Denver and Mile High Youth Corps provide jobs for youth every summer, including career-building skills work at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

What does the FFRWR do in addition to hosting the grant and staff? The FFRWR receives funds to pay for buses from students in the four neighborhoods to come on field trips to the RMANWR.

FFRWR is proud to help fulfill the mission of GoWild NEMC.

The vision of the Northeast Metro Coalition is that every young person – wherever they live and regardless of resources – has abundant opportunities to connect and engage with the outdoors in ways that are inspirational, transformational, and meaningful to them and will cultivate a new generation of stewards of nature.

For more information, contact Kate Kramer, Manager, kkramer@gowildnemc.org.