“It’s an organization that raises wildlife awareness in kids/students. It’s lots of fun and they are helpful with helping us get ready for college. It’s AMAZING.”

- Rosario, ELK student

Denver Youth Naturally

Denver Youth Naturally (DYN) brings youth ages 5-25 together in a hands-on, active program that provides opportunities for them to experience and learn about Colorado's great outdoors. DYN ignites curiosity and inspires youth in their academic studies, leadership development and career exploration.


  • Confidence and self-esteem are developed through hands-on field activities, local excursions and overnight wilderness trips
  • With long-term mentoring by biologists and other science professionals, DYN participants find the support to succeed in school
  • Through close-knit relationships, youth stay connected to a learning community that enhances their life skills and leadership
  • Each adventure includes elements of science and environmental education, recreation, career exploration and job skill development


  • Youth participate in fishing, hiking, water quality testing, habitat improvement and overnight camping
  • Youth visit local museums and participate in community stewardship projects
  • Youth can choose to participate in 3-7 diverse activities per month, which occur on Saturday or on district-wide No School Days during the school year
  • Each activity builds on the previous one, so youth experience the most complete immersion possible to the natural environment
  • ELK participants, ages 16 or over, who enjoy our activities may choose to apply to our summer employment program

To participate, please e-mail Kim at kweiss@elkkids.org or call 303-291-7554.