Outside of Boulder, Colo., up a single lane of dirt road, and past a quiet pond, you’ll find Balarat – an outdoor education center for Denver Public Schools (DPS) scholars.
“As a high schooler, you can volunteer to go and work up here and help teach fifth graders all about like the cool place that is Colorado,” said Denver Online High School junior Max Allen.
“We have several teachers that work in our program that are assigned to the Balarat Outdoor Education Program full time,” said Erik Hurst, who has been a DPS educator at Balarat for 24 years. “We work with fifth graders that come here with their classes, week in and week out, and also work with the high school leaders that are assigned with each group.”
Allen is able to take advantage of the outdoor education program, earning credit as a high school leader and is able to complete his coursework ahead of time with Denver Online. Watch his student highlight story here: youtube.com/watch?v=w5kvVfabWJM&. Read the feature story on Allen online here.