Outdoor Leadership

Outdoor Leadership programming aims to use outdoor adventure as a means for the fostering growth in our core tenets:


  • Leadership
  • Perseverance
  • Healthy Risk Taking
  • Hard Skills and Technical Competence
  • Community Building
  • Environmental Connection

Through intentional programming, the learning that takes place by working through outdoor challenges as a group can transfer into many aspects of youth’s life at home. TEENS, Inc. Outdoor Leadership programming operates on a sliding scale to ensure that outdoor opportunities are accessible to all youth. No one is ever turned away for not being able to pay. 


Below you can find current opportunities and sign up!

Trail Running:

Come join us on Thursday afternoons at 4:30pm for a run in the woods! This will be a supportive fun group, with the goal of getting outside, connecting with others and enjoying the beautiful trails in our area! It is open to 6th-12th graders. Runs will be based on group experience and ability, it will be a no pressure environment!  No experience necessary! You will need to wear traction on your shoes during winter months, which we can provide.



Please sign up in advance here. This group will be limited to 8 participants and is FREE!


Print out the waiver and med form and drop them by TEENS, Inc. or bring them on your first day

Questions? Contact Mel at melissa@teensinc.org or call 303-258-3821


Spring Break:

Join us for some fun day trips over Spring Break! We’ll be offering a snowshoe/hiking day and a winter wilderness skills day for both middle a high school!

Snowshoe/Hike: We will explore an area up here in the mountains or down below depending on weather and conditions. You can expect a full day out in a beautiful area and lots of fun! We will provide all gear you need (either snowshoes or traction spikes).20210113_121639

  • Monday, March 22nd: Middle School (6th-8th graders)
  • Wednesday, March 24th: High School (9th-12th graders)

Winter Wilderness Skills: Join us for a day out learning about winter wilderness skills! We’ll hike about 3 miles round trip, build a snow shelter and kitchen, make a meal and do other activities!

  • Thursday, March 25th: High School (9th-12th graders)
  • Friday, March 26th: Middle School (6th-8th graders)


Print out or come pick up the waiver and med form and drop them by TEENS, Inc. or bring them on your first day!



Join us for a three- week climbing session (Tuesdays and Thursdays) this Spring! Learn the basics of climbing, including knots, belaying, basic climbing techniques, risk management and decision making and route finding. During this session we will work as a team, practice individual leadership, explore healthy risk taking and perseverance, all while having fun! We will provide all the necessary gear and experienced leaders (Single pitch Instructor certified). More info to come!!!!

Print out the waiver and med form and drop them by TEENS, Inc. or bring them on your first day!

These programs will build upon themselves so please plan to sign up for the whole session. The cost for the 6-week session is $100, and as always, scholarships are available and no one will be turned away! Space is limited to 8 participants so apply early!


Girl’s Program:

More info to come!


Summer Programs:


DSC_4605Every summer TEENS, Inc. offers multi-day leadership retreats for teens in the community. These exciting adventure and camping trips consist of a variety of outdoor activities. For teens these trips provide an intro into back-country living and technical skills. We focus on group communication and leadership skills to help teens navigate these experiences.

Due to COVID-19, we hope to run retreat’s again safely soon. EXAMPLES FROM 2019:

Leadership Retreat #1 2019- Sand Dunes, Colorado- June 10th- June14th
*Hike to a hidden waterfall
*Sand boarding
*Night out on the dunes

Leadership Retreat #2 2019- Vedauwoo, Wyoming- June 24th- June 28th
*Rock climbing
*Exploring and team building

Leadership Retreat #3 2019- Gunnison, Colorado- July 22nd- July26th

Picture 125This is for older teens looking to advance their wilderness living skills. We will be in the Gunnison area for 5 days where we will hike, climb, horseback ride while teens learn about healthy risk taking, communication and perseverance. Teens lead each other while learning about their personal leadership style and skills. We foster a non-competitive environment, concentrating on building self-confidence and personal empowerment.

Our lead instructor is an AMGA certified single pitch climbing instructor, a Wilderness First Responder and is trained in backcountry travel and group facilitation.

Tuition is set on a sliding scale based on family income and circumstances. No student is turned away because of financial reasons.