The Greenway Foundation is split into 3 main program areas: River Enhancements, South Platte River Environmental Education (SPREE) Program, and The Water Connection. Each area has numerous programs, and if you are interested in learning more, please check out The Greenway Foundation's Annual Current for 2017 to learn more about our programs, projects, and successes:
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Our mission is to inspire meaningful personal connections with nature in order to foster a lifelong sense of pride in, belonging to, and stewardship for our natural world by connecting the children of Denver to the South Platte River through engaging educational experiences.
Nearly 6,000 students participated in a SPREE Excursion in 2017
145 Excursions were run in 2017 = Over 500 hours of environmental education
13 elementary schools partnered with SPREE to bring all of their students on an Excursion
The 4th grade Excursion program returned to the newly renovated Grant Frontier Park!
Parents and teachers continue to praise the program and report the impact of the program on their students. A 2nd grade teacher recently commented "The instructors were truly incredible, this is by far the BEST field trip we have been on, and I have been teaching for 12 years!"
Surveys of students consistently show that participants leave the program with a high level of knowledge on the local environment and a desire to steward the River.
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
The Greenway River Ranger Internship Program is designed for high school students to explore possibilities in the environmental field through training, hands-on teaching experience and outdoor adventure. Students develop leadership, strong communication, and critical thinking skills that will serve as powerful tools for their future.
100% of the Rangers felt they had the knowledge they need to get an environmental job after going through the program.
"For me, as I was thinking about my future as my senior year was coming up, I didn't really know what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to go some type of design and just working with The Greenway Foundation and being a River Ranger, and working in the environment, I feel like I just really want to do something with environmental design. Because conserving the environment and being out in nature is really important to me." - High School River Ranger, Summer 2018
"This experience has impacted me in a way like no other." - High School River Ranger, Summer 2018
Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking
The Greenway Foundation's community-based volunteer outreach bi-yearly events along the South Platte River. These events bring people together from across our community to remove trash and plant debris, fix trails, protect trees, repair park structures, etc. The Spring South Platte Stewardship Day will be in May 2019, and Fall South Platte Stewardship Day taking place in September 2019 as part of National Public Lands Day.
Hundreds of volunteers
Work is done in 7+ Riparian parks
30+ cubic yards of trash and debris removed from our public parks
Dozens of trees are protected
The South Platte River corridor is Denver's greatest natural asset and is poised to be Denver's greatest recreational and open space amenity, though today it is still largely an industrial corridor with little ecological or recreational value for Denver's growing urban population of over 600,000 residents. Returning the South Platte River corridor to an ecologically healthy and sustainable greenway that supports both abundant wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities is a top priority for Denver.
In partnership with the City of Denver and 36 other agencies, The Greenway Foundation has undertaken one of the most ambitious planning efforts ever for this urban River corridor. The plan was formed based on direct interaction with public and private stakeholders as well as ideas and comments drawn form public meetings.
The preliminary plans can be found at http://www.thegreenwayfoundation.org/rvip.html
The first five priority projects will be in the Grant-Frontier, Overland Park , Johnson-Habitat Park, Sun Valley, Confluence Park and RINO neighborhoods.
Transformation of neighborhoods - of parks and trails and nearby schools; of the outdoor cultural and arts landscape and the increased opportunity for inner-city youth to experience "the nature in their own backyard." Healthy mixed-use neighborhoods growing around the river. Increased water quality and riverine habitat protection for fish and wildlife.