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Discover the SOLO Field Trip Program

With our new “Study Outdoors, Learn Outdoors” (SOLO) field trip program, the Poudre Heritage Alliance has created an opportunity for students to explore the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. We expanded our Learning in Our Watershed program to offer an outdoor, self-guided learning experience, building on the existing routes from our Community Wellness program. Created by two local educators, SOLO Field Trip routes align with Colorado Academic Standards, connect to the landscape of the Poudre River, and incorporate interpretive signs created by the Poudre Heritage Alliance. Suitable for teachers to assign their students or as a fun family excursion!

We are proud to promote the Cache la Poudre River as an engaging and inspirational learning environment.  The “normal” may have changed, but our commitment to helping youth understand and value the Poudre River has not.

Choose your route, sign up, head out!

We developed “Study Outdoors, Learn Outdoors” (SOLO) Field Trips with simplicity in mind. Just choose your route and download the materials that you need, sign up online, then head out on your learning adventure.  Take a look at our route offerings below and inside the SOLO Learning Hub. Each route has a lesson plan and a route map. The lesson plans were developed for educators to integrate into their curriculum, but parents can utilize it too! After you have selected your route please sign up.

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Elements of our SOLO Field Trips

  • An interactive outdoor learning experience created by local educators
  • Explores water heritage, history, and legacy
  • Curriculum that aligns with Colorado Academic Standards for education
  • Promotes traditional map reading and trail navigation
  • Easy sign-up and access to materials online
  • A sticker upon completion!

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Current Routes Offered

All lesson plans, route maps, and instructions are available in the SOLO: Learning Hub:

  1. Greeley’s Number 3: Walking Route
  2. Past, Present, and Future Fort Collins: Walking Route
  3. Greeley’s Number 3: Biking Route
  4. Past, Present, and Future Fort Collins: Biking Route

Special Thanks to the National Park Foundation and Our Volunteers