ELK serves more than 5,000 underserved, urban youth (ages 5-25) each year through year-round intensive programs and in-school/after-school programs in Denver, Adams, and Arapahoe Counties.
ELK reaches diverse communities in Denver, Aurora and Commerce City by working directly with local schools, teachers and community groups by providing a wide variety of outreach activities. ELK is located in the Denver-metro area, specifically in the Montbello neighborhood. This gives us a unique perspective on the needs of urban youth and their families.
We are affected by the same community issues as the families we serve. Students attend day-long field activities that provide them with an opportunity to grow as individuals and to enjoy the natural world in an educational, adventurous manner.
We also assist young people in developing internal values from which they and their community will benefit. Through leadership development, meaningful mentorship, and long-term relationships, we help students to become educated, active participants in their communities. ELK has established strong partnerships with community-based programs, foundations, government agencies and individual donors, which has created a sustainable organization in ELK.
ELK Opens Doors to the Outdoors
ELK reaches out to students who have been traditionally overlooked and under-encouraged in science and science-related careers, including youth of color and females.
ELK opens new doors of opportunity by engaging and mentoring youth through science education and leadership development programs that provide a real-life context for learning. Youth experience Colorado's natural world, increase their academic science skills, become involved in their neighborhoods and get exposure to careers in the field of natural resources. They grow into stewards and engaged citizens while cultivating strong educational values to ensure high school and college graduation.
Environmental Learning for Kids cultivates a passion in science, leadership, and service in a diverse community of learners.
We envision a world in which all people are caretakers of themselves, each other and the natural world.
Life-long learning, Diversity and inclusiveness, Direct experience in the outdoors, Development of human potential