After Dark fundraiser celebrates 62 years of Outdoor Lab

The Outdoor Lab Foundation will host its sixth annual After Dark fundraiser on Oct. 12 from 5-11 pm at the Studios at Overland Crossing. With a “Dare to Explore,” theme, the event includes live music, games, a live auction, food trucks, and a wine grotto and beer garden.

“You don’t necessarily have to have attended Outdoor Lab in order to come to our events,” said Paige Brophy, Outdoor Lab executive director. “It’s a community-wide event that everyone is able to attend.”

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and are available through the Outdoor Lab Foundation website. Regular tickets cost $85, and Outdoor Lab alumni can attend for just $70.

“We really want to encourage our Outdoor Lab Alumni to participate in this event,” Brophy said.

The “Boots and Bling” dress code includes “jeans, boots, flannels and whatever you like to call bling,” according to the After Dark website. Still not sure what to wear? Check out the After Dark style guide for ideas.

The foundation will use funds raised by the After Dark event in several ways. Proceeds will fund green energy projects and provide snow gear for students. Funds will also provide field study journals for all 7,000 students who attend next year.

Money raised by the Outdoor Lab Foundation also ensures every student has an opportunity to attend, regardless of their physical or mental ability or ability to pay.

The Outdoor Lab Foundation also welcomes sponsorships. For event sponsorship information, contact Brophy at 720-403-8241. 

Jeffco’s Sixth Grade Outdoor Lab Program

For 62 years, every Jeffco sixth grader has had the opportunity to attend Outdoor Lab, offered at Mt. Evans and Windy Peak

During their school’s assigned week, students sleep in bunks at the Mt. Evans or Windy Peaks sites, share meals, and spend their time involved in multiple activities outdoors. Students from neighborhood, option, and charter schools all attend Outdoor Lab.

The Outdoor Lab Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with area businesses, non-profit organizations and the community to provide additional funding to the Outdoor Lab Schools. The foundation also sponsors scholarships for students who cannot afford the cost to attend.

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