2020 Report Card
Our Successes would not have been possible without your help!
FOYAN has Increased the number of youth reached through outdoor programs from 2,900 in 2019, to over 3,600 in 2020.
FOYAN received several grant awards in 2020 focused on youth outdoor programs. West Elk Community Foundation provided funding to cover cross-country ski rentals for at risk youth in Delta County; Anschutz Family Foundation, El Pomar Foundation and the Children and Nature Network provided funding for outdoor youth programs. Western Colorado Community Foundation awarded FOYAN their new "Youth Outside" grant focused on youth development through outdoor recreation for youth-at-risk in Delta and Montrose Counties (see more below).
2,400 K-5 youth impacted from Delta County's School District Farm to School program.
FOYAN assisted with matching funds for specific community grants to acquire supplies for eight elementary school garden projects and developing a "reduce, reuse, and recycle" program for the school district.
Approximately 200 students from Mesa County participated in the "outdoor wilderness Lab" (OWL).
FOYAN assisted with bus transportation costs to bring students from Grand Junction to the outdoor campus in Gateway, Colorado. Students participated in a 3-day environmental education program where specialists provided hands-on instruction exploring conservation of natural resources. Approximately 200 of the 480 students attended prior to the Covid-19 closure.
Youth Outside" --Approximately 80 youth from Families Plus and 130 from Montrose CASA7JD program are participating in outdoor endeavors
News Release 6/5/2020
This new grant from the Western Colorado Community Foundation focuses on helping at-risk youth connect with nature and the outdoors. Youth are gaining experience and competence in new outdoor skills with peers, participating in team building activities and engaged in nature-inspired art. Youth are meeting twice a month for outings in a local or state park and/or federal public land area.
FOYAN staff Continue to develop Monthly Outdoor news Stories/blog on unique ways to engage youth with nature and the outdoors. These were also submitted to local media.
Learning about our watersheds! Field trip funding for 2021!
FOYAN received a grant from Forever Our Rivers matched by the Gunnison Basin Roundtable intended to cover bus transportation in 2021 to bring students to water learning opportunities such as water festivals, Eureka Science Museum exhibits, and other watershed field trips.
FOYAN board participated in an environmental education day for Cedaredge High School students.
Students rotated through stations where specialist provided information, discussion and hand-on activities about wildlife, fish, orienteering and various natural resources in the area.
Foyan provided prizes to students engaged in various nature contests.
Student winners of the Grand Mesa Art Center "Nature TriARTithon" were awarded binoculars provided by FOYAN. Student winners of the "Birds of a feather" family birding contest sponsored by FOYAN were also awarded binoculars. Two Montrose County schools participated in the Shavano Valley Conservation Districts 2020 Pollinator poster contest. FOYAN awarded these schools with a gift certificate at a local nursery for spring planting supplies.
FOYAN assists with educator development opportunities by providing six scholarships for Teachers to attend a CPW "Outdoor Understanding for Teachers" workshop.
It is important to FOYAN staff to enable educators with opportunities to develop expertise in environmental education.
Web development continues. The FOYAN website will be a one stop resource for youth, teachers and families in Delta, Mesa, and Montrose Counties!
FOYAN has successfully established several new funding partners and continues to seek new funding opportunities.
2020 Funding Partners
Gunnison Basin Roundtable