A Breath of Fresh Air
ELK gets urban kids outside to put a wildlife in a child’s life
Since 1996, Stacie Gilmore and her husband Scott founded ELK to guide Denver’s urban youth to nature, providing them experiences beyond the concrete jungle. ELK educates young people in science, math, leadership and careers, too. Programs include mentoring and summer job placement to camping and fishing trips, that has helped them serve more than 114,000 kids since their inception. The majority of ELK’s participating kids are on free or reduced lunch, and may spend their whole lives in the city as their parents battle just to put food on the table. Through ELK, tons of underserved kids and their families get the chance to see the beauty outside the city, sometimes for the first time. ELK will keep guiding urban youth to the magical worlds of nature outside (and inside) the city.