Outdoor Lab to celebrate first-ever virtual Earth Day

Broncos quarterback Drew Lock, former Denver linebacker Karl Mecklenburg among special guests for 50th anniverary event

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Posted 4/9/20

A virtual celebration will bring the Jefferson County community together for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day while raising awareness for the Outdoor Lab program. The Jefferson County-based Outdoor …

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Outdoor Lab to celebrate first-ever virtual Earth Day

Broncos quarterback Drew Lock, former Denver linebacker Karl Mecklenburg among special guests for 50th anniverary event

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A virtual celebration will bring the Jefferson County community together for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day while raising awareness for the Outdoor Lab program.

The Jefferson County-based Outdoor Lab Foundation joins with the Denver Broncos, Colorado Opens Lands, Great Outdoors Colorado, and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)to raise awareness for the Outdoor Lab program and the importance of supporting community nonprofits. Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock will share a message with the Jefferson County community during the online celebration, from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, April 16.

Celebrity guest Karl Mecklenburg, former linebacker for the Broncos, will join guest speakers and experts from Colorado Open Lands and NREL to showcase the importance of conservation in Colorado, to share tips and tricks on how to practice and be mindful of conservation at home, and answer questions from the community.

The Outdoor Lab Foundation encourages attendees to get food from local restaurants beforehand to create the feel of a virtual happy hour.

Keynote speaker Sarah Parmar, director of conservation with Colorado Open Lands, has spent more than a decade at Colorado Open Lands and leads its private land conservation work. She will discuss the importance of getting kids and young adults involved in conservation at a young age and some of the best ways to do so.

GOCO will share an at home version of “GenWild, getting kids outside.

“When we think about impacting and supporting our community as we navigate this new virtual world, Earth Day was the perfect reason for the Outdoor Lab Foundation to bring everyone together. With support of local heroes like the Denver Broncos and our amazing partners like Colorado Open Lands and NREL, I think this will be an event people will never forget,” Paige Brophy, executive director of the Outdoor Lab Foundation, said in the news release.

Admission is free. For information and to register, go to https://outdoorlabfoundation.org/news-events.

The Outdoor Lab Foundation supports the Outdoor Lab program in Jefferson County, a legacy that has impacted the Jefferson County community for more than 60 years. Outdoor Lab Foundation advocates for the program by raising money and awareness, ensuring every student, regardless of ability or disability, including ability to pay, can attend this life-changing program.

Sponsors include Meghan Rocchio with RealtyOne Premier, PRQ Exteriors, Fermelia Dental and Keith Fenner with Spire Financial.

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