To provide all Garfield County School District No. 16 fourth graders with a winter outdoor experience and at the same time provide instruction aimed at improving their winter survival skills. All students learn winter survival skills and how to use snowshoes.
In January and February each year all fourth grade classes and members of the High School Key Club are bused by the Kiwanis Club to the Mesa Lakes Lodge, on the Grand Mesa, where they were provided with snowshoes and taught the basic skills of snowshoeing. Outdoor classes on survival skills and wildlife education will be conducted by members of the Kiwanis Club and in some cases other volunteers. Along with Kiwanians, a classroom teacher and a few parent volunteers accompany each group to assist with the supervision. All snowshoes and other equipment including coats, hat, and mittens for those students in need of such apparel is provided by the Kiwanis Club.