St. Vrain partners with Boulder County Parks and Open Space in backpack program

Roughly 50 backpacks were created through donations and partnerships

On Monday, October 10, at 9:30 a.m., staff and volunteers from the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department will visit third graders of Hygiene Elementary, located at 11968 N. 75th in Longmont, to kickoff St. Vrain Valley Schools’ new BoCo Parks Adventure Packs program.

This new and innovative program provides each St. Vrain elementary school with a backpack completely stocked with tools, activities and resources students can use to explore their local parks and open spaces. To increase availability, the school district has increased its inventory to 24 additional packs to be checked out via media services. Mike O’Toole, Science Coordinator for St. Vrain Valley Schools, worked closely with Boulder County and local businesses to make the program possible.

“Through donations from the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Foundation and businesses like Deuter Backpacks, I was about to construct roughly 50 packs filled with binoculars, a bug box, a magnifying lens, a compass, maps, activities and more,” says O’Toole.

During Hygiene Elementary’s kickoff event, staff, volunteers and students will use the contents of each pack to explore the surroundings of the school.

“We are very excited to team up with St. Vrain Valley Schools for this project,” says Deborah Price, Education Liaison with Boulder County Parks and Open Space.

The Boulder County Parks and Open Space Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides support to the country’s open space program, provided funding for supplies in the backpacks.

“The support of the Foundation was so important to this project,” added Price. “We hope to see more students with their families exploring open space.”