Lincoln Hills Cares

Historic Lincoln Hills has served as a safe haven for People of Color to connect to nature since 1922. Your thoughtful gift will help us continue the legacy of Lincoln Hills and develop the next generation of young leaders who support their communities and the environment!

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Youth and Family Outdoor Education

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Families

Description

The Lincoln Hills Cares Outdoor Education Program provides abundant, diversified opportunities for youth and families to engage in experiential outdoor education programs. We partner with youth-serving organizations to teach and encourage discussions about cultural history, natural sciences and outdoor recreation through dynamic and culturally responsive curriculum with elements that meet state academic standards.

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Evidence of Program's Success

LHC incorporates a 2-tiered evaluation process, including a photo elicitation activity and pre/post survey which measures participants' comfort and interest in nature/science/the outdoors, their perception of and involvement in environmental stewardship principles, and social and emotional development. In 2019, our results showed:
13% Increase: "Nature makes me happy"
8% Increase: "I like learning about nature"
15% Increase: "I turn the water off when I brush my teeth and wash my hands"
13% Increase: "I try to recycle"
12% Decrease: "I watch TV a lot"
9% Increase: "I am a good leader"
12% Increase: "I work well with others"

In addition to Outdoor Education, Lincoln Hills Cares runs an Environmental Career Pathways program where high school aged youth participate in environmental stewardship, education and conservation-focused projects, both in their neighborhoods and throughout Colorado. It has been rewarding to see multiple former Outdoor Education program participants now joining our Environmental Career Pathways program. This shows that our programs cultivates an interest in nature, science and the environment and is successful in developing young outdoor leaders who give back to their communities and support the environment.

Environmental STEM Pathways

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Teachers

Description

When young people develop a sincere love for the Rocky Mountains and environmental STEM careers, magic happens. The ecological stewardship light turns on and change begins. Environmental STEM access will become vast and wide, and no one will be denied the opportunity to expand their mind or participate within an industry that is dedicated to environmental sustainability. Our youth will have the chance to see themselves as a part of the solution and will fulfill the call to join a workforce that is capable of and passionate about supporting the environment. Our vision is to increase diversity within Environmental STEM career fields by developing a workforce composed of People of Color who are capable of mentoring subsequent generations of leaders into the field.

Lincoln Hills Cares Environmental STEM (E-STEM) engages students in the real world, employing the most effective strategies to help our participants meet rigorous next generation science standards. Moreover, it cultivates young thinkers to build and enhance their communities by making them environmentally sustainable. This is a project-based pathway that is based on Next Generation Science Standards. Our curriculum starts in grade 5 and continues through grade 12. Our Pathway features state of the art technology to access Historic Lincoln Hills 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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LHC Pathways

Class

Employment 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Lincoln Hills Cares uses nature as a tool for youth development. Our Pathways Programs prepare youth for higher education and career opportunities through an employment-based youth development model. We understand that people protect what they love and love what they know. We aim to foster a love of nature through our shared work experiences, as we represent and develop the changing face of America's future in public and environmental health, conservation and the environment. Regardless of what career or educational direction our youth choose to pursue, we strive to help build young leaders through job training, entrepreneurship, mentorship and social and emotional support.

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Nizhoni Equestrian Program

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Animals
At-Risk Populations
Blacks, African Heritage
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Females

Description

The focus of the Nizhoni Equestrian Program is to foster personal growth through equestrian experiences. We strive to achieve this by encouraging the social and emotional development of youth & teen girls through equestrian training. With roots that date back to 1924, the Nizhoni Program was re-established in 2013 to provide young women with positive and empowering experiences, using nature as a tool.

Today's Nizhoni Equestrian Program is hosted at the Lincoln Hills Equestrian Center, a safe and welcoming environment, complete with a full barn, stables, tack room, corral, and access to a variety of trails. The program incorporates weekly instructional sessions over the course of the summer that provide participants with an opportunity to learn various equine care tactics and horseback riding skills, while building life skills, emotional awareness and self-confidence.

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Evidence of Program's Success

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