Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership Experience (SOLE)

Want to make new friends?

Give back to your community?

Explore the outdoors?

Learn about conservation?

The Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership Experience (SOLE) program develops Roaring Fork Valley high school students’ outdoor leadership and travel skills and engages participants in today’s environmental issues.   This service-learning program educates and empowers youth through outdoor stewardship projects that strengthen their connection to the community and public lands.

Participants will:

  • Participate in stewardship projects on trails, farms, and other public lands
  • Rock climb, snowshoe, downhill ski, and backpack
  • Receive training in  wilderness first aid, Leave No Trace ethics, and trail crew leader skills
  • Plan, advertise, and lead an environmental service project for other local youth
  • Develop leadership, communication, and group facilitation skills
  • Build relationships with students from different schools
  • Learn from local conservation organizations, educators, and nonprofits
  • Depending on the school, receive academic credit for participation


SOLE meets on average once a month from September 2014 to May 2015, with a week-long backpacking trip June 11-15, 2015.  Trainings will typically take place on Saturdays with the exception of the winter hut trip.  Participants must attend the kick-off on Saturday, September 27, from 9am- 5pm.


If you are a high school student, we invite you to apply to become a participant in this program.

Applications are being accepted for this year’s program!

If you have questions, please contact Jared McDaniel, RFOV Youth Coordinator, at 970.927.8241 or

Check Out The 2012 Video!

Thanks to Anders Nordblom for producing this video!


“The best part about my experience is being part of an amazing group of people that share the same ambitions and enjoy being around one another.  I have become more aware of the environment around me and have begun to recognize the importance of the valley I live in.” 

Rene, 2012-2013 participant


“I appreciate that the program offers teens a healthy, guided way to connect in the outdoors doing meaningful work. I love that it educates them about their surroundings and environmental issues.”

Linda Drobinske-Baker, parent of a 2012-2013 participant