About Us


“To increase community and business involvement in support of the Jefferson County Public Schools, Outdoor Education Laboratory Schools.”


“A non-profit foundation providing ongoing support to the Jefferson County Public Schools, Outdoor Education Laboratory Schools, and the commitment to experiential learning, stewardship, and historical preservation; for now and into the future.”

What is Outdoor Lab?

Outdoor Lab has been enriching the lives of 6th grade and high school students in Jefferson County for more than 58 years. Located in the mountains of Colorado, Mount Evans and Windy Peak Schools give ALL students the opportunity to explore and experience subjects such as earth science, wildlife biology, astronomy, and forestry in a unique mountain setting. By engaging the students in problem solving, team building, decision-making and social interaction, the Outdoor Lab program helps to prepare Jeffco students for successful futures. Every student is given an opportunity to attend, regardless of physical or mental ability or ability to pay. High school students return as leaders to help teach the program and have their own unique experience.

What is the Outdoor Lab Foundation?

The Outdoor Lab Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2003 to ensure the preservation and contribution of the Outdoor Lab program. The Foundation forges relationships with businesses, community, and non-profit organizations to fund the Outdoor Lab Schools. It is through relationships with all interest groups that the Outdoor Lab Foundation plans to sustain this program that will continue to inspire future youth as they become our scientists, teachers, engineers, business leaders and thinkers of tomorrow.

Outdoor Lab Foundation Staff

Shannon Hancock
Executive Director
Leah Roche
Outreach Coordinator
Katie Evereth
Marketing & Development Manager
Stephanie Ferguson
Event Coordinator



Outdoor Lab Foundation Board of Directors

Josh Timon Regional Director, Level 3 Communications Board Chair
Kathy Weiss Principal-retired, Jefferson County Schools Vice Chair
Alex Campbell Vice President of Land, Enduring Resources Vice Chair
Jürgen Schlieman Vice President, Firstbank Treasurer
Sue Shucard Retired, Jefferson County Schools Secretary
Rod Wagner Partner, Acquisitions & Project Management Larimer Associates Member at Large
Becky Bunn Adjunct Professor, DU and Project Specialist, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer Member at Large
Brian Sipes Architect, Rowland + Broughton Member at Large
Scott Charter Managing Partner, GP Energy Member at Large
Bo Riley Attorney, Kissinger & Fellman, P.C Member at Large
Mark Fitzgerald Director, Point B Inc. Member at Large
Sally Armitage Consultant, International Reservoir Technologies Member at Large
 Jeff Brekke  Retired, Former President Gates Rubber  Member at Large