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Our mission is to provide access to outdoor adventures for all, through events and programs that empower individuals, create healthier communities, and foster a respect for the environment.

Thank you for the unforgettable experiences, we met some fantastic people too! -S.M.

"Glad to have this as part of Colorado Springs."

"I went to the last climb night that was held at Cityrock. It is a great introduction to the facility and climbing. Also, the volunteers make sure that you aren't feeling uneasy about climbing. If you are not climbing, one of them will come to you and find an area that is good for you. TJ is very patient and helped me make it to the top! I loved it! Thanks for offering this event to the community."

"My family and I just had our first experience with Upadowna this weekend at their Folk and Flannel fundraiser event. We had a great time as we learned about this awesome organization! The only thing we wish was different was that we had been a part of this organization sooner!"

"Such a great event (Folk'n'Flannel)! I really appreciate everyone who volunteered and worked to make the event a success. In particular I enjoyed the musical performances - I've always been a fan of Roma Ransom, and now I've added The River Arkansas to my list of must-see bands."

"Fantastic! Thanks for all you’re doing!  My boyfriend & I attended one of your climbing events a while back, and it really opened his mind to something he didn’t realize he liked.  You are making a positive difference in the community; thanks for that!" -Shelley H.

"Thanks for a great climb night on Tuesday! I had a great time, and it was fun meeting everyone and trying something new." -Tami O.

"Thank you for creating these opportunities! The entire UpaDowna experience has enriched our lives in a way I could never imagine. It's special and I hope you understand how much I cherish it!" -Sarah K.

"We had a great time and discovered a whole new set of trails to ride on!! What an awesome organization!!" -Chrysauna P.

"Thanks to the patience of many but especially Mark and Luke my 6yo, Lydia, learned how to ride her bike after her training wheels broke on the pedal party ride! Thank you UpaDowna for fostering an environment that truly made us feel welcome!" -Corrie C.

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EVENTS & Programs

Jul
10
Fri
UpaDowna Little Hikers: ABCs Hike!
Jul 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
UpaDowna Little Hikers: ABCs Hike! @ Fountain Creek Regional Park | Fountain | Colorado | United States

Come join us for a kid friendly adventure where we will go on an alphabet hike. After our short hike we will do an alphabet nature craft. This is a free event but you MUST register on EventBrite to attend. LIMIT: 7 PARTICIPANTS

“UpaDowna ABC’s Hike” This is a SPUR event (Similar Paths United by Recreation). It is geared towards Little Hikers, which means it is for families with young children!

Wear sturdy shoes, bring sun protections, water and snacks.

LIMIT: 7 PARTICIPANTS

To UpaDowna, the definition of SPUR is Similar Paths United (by) Recreation. Many of us walk the same path and don’t even know it. Finding camaraderie with others who share similar interests helps us feel more comfortable with new experiences. Many times, it can also help to share your challenges with folks who are “climbing” the same mountain as you.

Details: Join our Family Activities Coordinator, Sarah, for a fun kid friendly hike alphabet hike with a fun activity to follow!
Please note: This activity is limited to 7 people. It is HIGHLY recommended that you arrive 15 minutes early to check in.

UpaDowna must abide by specific guidelines due to the current situation. Important information to note:

SPACE IS LIMITED to 7 participants and we will strictly enforce capacity guidelines set by local authorities and state ordinances
-You MUST register on EventBrite prior to the program
-Each party must register separately on EventBrite (including families or children)

WHEN YOU ARRIVE:
-Look for and check in with Sarah, UpaDowna’s Family Activities Coordinator
-Sign two waivers (UpaDowna Waiver and UpaDowna COVID Waiver)
-Masks are not required but strongly encouraged. We will have a few UpaDowna neck gaiters available for purchase for $16.00 if you would like to purchase one to be used as a mask.
If you have not pre-registered you will not be allowed to participate per state ordinance.
Hikers are encouraged to be 6 feet apart from each other when possible. If you are participating with people with whom you are not social distancing (live in same household), let the instructor know upon check-in.
If you are coughing or showing other signs of illness, you will be asked to leave. Please stay home if you are sick and remove yourself from the roster to allow others to sign up.

FAQs
What is SPUR?
To UpaDowna, the definition of SPUR is Similar Paths United (by) Recreation. Many of us walk the same path and don’t even know it. Finding camaraderie with others who share similar interests helps us feel more comfortable with new experiences. Many times, it can also help to share your challenges with folks who are “climbing” the same mountain as you. Little Hikers SPUR Events are for families with young children.
Am I allowed to bring a friend?
Yes, but they need to sign up for an online ticket as well.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact us at info@upadowna.org or 631-618-7963 with any questions.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No
Can I bring my family to the event?
Yes. This is a hike specifically for families with young children. But the program is limited to 7 participants and each participant requires their own ticket. If you have not pre-registered you will not be allowed to participate per state ordinance.
Is this a fun event?
Yes! It is perfect for families!

Jul
16
Thu
UpaDowna Yoga in the Park
Jul 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
UpaDowna Yoga in the Park @ Nancy Lewis Park | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States

UpaDowna’s July Yoga in the Park Dates: 7/2, 7/16, 7/30! All classes are ALL Levels Vinyasa Flow!

ONLY 9 SPOTS AVAILABLE per program date – You must register with EventBrite link to participate!

Details: Take some time to slow down and join UpaDowna staff member, Amy Hodges, for her all level vinyasa yoga flows every other Thursday in July at Nancy Lewis Park (5:00- 6:00pm). These classes are designed for ALL folks of ALL yoga levels. A $7 donation per person is suggested, but feel free to donate what you can afford!

Please note: Yoga in the Park is limited to 9 people. It is HIGHLY recommended that you arrive 15 minutes early to check in. If you arrive later than 5pm, you might not be able to join the class. Call 631-618-7963 if you will be late.
UpaDowna must abide by specific guidelines due to the current situation. Important information to note:

-SPACE IS LIMITED to 9 participants and we will strictly enforce capacity guidelines set by local authorities and state ordinances
-You MUST register on EventBrite prior to the program (you will be required to sign a waiver stating that you have not been experiencing COVID symptoms)
-Each party must register separately on EventBrite (including families or children)

WHEN YOU ARRIVE:
-Look for the UpaDowna sign/ table – we will most likely be at the pavilion.
-Masks are not required but strongly encouraged. We will have a few UpaDowna neck gaiters available for purchase for $16.00 if you would like to purchase one to be used as a mask.
-Check in with Amy, our wonderful UpaDowna yoga instructor.
If you have not pre-registered you will not be allowed to participate per state ordinance.

Because of COVID, we are encouraging participants to bring their own yoga mats (message us if you need one via Facebook or by email: delina.auciello@upadowna.org)!

Each yoga mat will be 6 feet apart on all sides. If it looks like less than 6 feet, the instructor will measure and may ask you to move. If you are participating with people with whom you are not social distancing (live in same household), let the instructor know upon check-in.

If you are coughing or showing other signs of illness, you will be asked to leave. Please stay home if you are sick and remove yourself from the roster to allow others to sign up.

FAQs
Why do I need to donate?
To help sustain this program, donations are needed to assure it can continue and that participants will attend.
Am I allowed to bring a friend?
Yes, but they need to sign up for an online ticket as well.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact us at info@upadowna.org or 631-618-7963 with any questions.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No
Can I bring my family to the event?
Yes. But the program is limited to 9 participants and each participant requires their own ticket. If you have not pre-registered you will not be allowed to participate per state ordinance.
Is this a fun event?
Yes! It is for all levels and it is UpaDowna’s FIRST (wow!!) Yoga in the Park program.

Jul
24
Fri
UpaDowna Little Hikers: Sensory Hike!
Jul 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
UpaDowna Little Hikers: Sensory Hike! @ Rock Ledge Ranch | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States

Come join us for a kid friendly adventure where we will go on a sensory hike. Before our short hike we will make homemade binoculars. This is a free event but you MUST register on EventBrite to attend.
(meet at the east entrance of property here: https://goo.gl/maps/8Sw8Zm85hzWHTict5 38.873590, -104.871098)

LIMIT: 7 PARTICIPANTS

“UpaDowna Little Hikers: Sensory Hike” This is a SPUR event (Similar Paths United by Recreation). It is geared towards Little Hikers, which means it is for families with young children!

Wear sturdy shoes, bring sun protections, water and snacks.

To UpaDowna, the definition of SPUR is Similar Paths United (by) Recreation. Many of us walk the same path and don’t even know it. Finding camaraderie with others who share similar interests helps us feel more comfortable with new experiences. Many times, it can also help to share your challenges with folks who are “climbing” the same mountain as you.

Details: Join our Family Activities Coordinator, Sarah, for a fun kid friendly hike where we will go on a hike and use our senses! We will also create binoculars.

Please note: This activity is limited to 7 people. It is HIGHLY recommended that you arrive 15 minutes early to check in.
UpaDowna must abide by specific guidelines due to the current situation. Important information to note:

-SPACE IS LIMITED to 7 participants and we will strictly enforce capacity guidelines set by local authorities and state ordinances
-You MUST register on EventBrite prior to the program
-Each party must register separately on EventBrite (including families or children)

WHEN YOU ARRIVE:
-Look for and check in with Sarah, UpaDowna’s Family Activities Coordinator
-Sign two waivers (UpaDowna Waiver and UpaDowna COVID Waiver)
-Masks are not required but strongly encouraged. We will have a few UpaDowna neck gaiters available for purchase for $16.00 if you would like to purchase one to be used as a mask.

If you have not pre-registered you will not be allowed to participate per state ordinance.
Hikers are encouraged to be 6 feet apart from each other when possible. If you are participating with people with whom you are not social distancing (live in same household), let the instructor know upon check-in.

If you are coughing or showing other signs of illness, you will be asked to leave. Please stay home if you are sick and remove yourself from the roster to allow others to sign up.

FAQs
What is SPUR?
To UpaDowna, the definition of SPUR is Similar Paths United (by) Recreation. Many of us walk the same path and don’t even know it. Finding camaraderie with others who share similar interests helps us feel more comfortable with new experiences. Many times, it can also help to share your challenges with folks who are “climbing” the same mountain as you. Little Hikers SPUR Events are for families with young children.
Am I allowed to bring a friend?
Yes, but they need to sign up for an online ticket as well.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact us at info@upadowna.org or 631-618-7963 with any questions.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No
Can I bring my family to the event?
Yes. This is a hike specifically for families with young children. But the program is limited to 7 participants and each participant requires their own ticket. If you have not pre-registered you will not be allowed to participate per state ordinance.
Is this a fun event?
Yes! It is perfect for families!

Jul
30
Thu
UpaDowna Yoga in the Park
Jul 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
UpaDowna Yoga in the Park @ Nancy Lewis Park | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States

UpaDowna’s July Yoga in the Park Dates: 7/2, 7/16, 7/30! All classes are ALL Levels Vinyasa Flow!

ONLY 9 SPOTS AVAILABLE per program date – You must register with EventBrite link to participate!

Details: Take some time to slow down and join UpaDowna staff member, Amy Hodges, for her all level vinyasa yoga flows every other Thursday in July at Nancy Lewis Park (5:00- 6:00pm). These classes are designed for ALL folks of ALL yoga levels. A $7 donation per person is suggested, but feel free to donate what you can afford!

Please note: Yoga in the Park is limited to 9 people. It is HIGHLY recommended that you arrive 15 minutes early to check in. If you arrive later than 5pm, you might not be able to join the class. Call 631-618-7963 if you will be late.
UpaDowna must abide by specific guidelines due to the current situation. Important information to note:

-SPACE IS LIMITED to 9 participants and we will strictly enforce capacity guidelines set by local authorities and state ordinances
-You MUST register on EventBrite prior to the program (you will be required to sign a waiver stating that you have not been experiencing COVID symptoms)
-Each party must register separately on EventBrite (including families or children)

WHEN YOU ARRIVE:
-Look for the UpaDowna sign/ table – we will most likely be at the pavilion.
-Masks are not required but strongly encouraged. We will have a few UpaDowna neck gaiters available for purchase for $16.00 if you would like to purchase one to be used as a mask.
-Check in with Amy, our wonderful UpaDowna yoga instructor.
If you have not pre-registered you will not be allowed to participate per state ordinance.

Because of COVID, we are encouraging participants to bring their own yoga mats (message us if you need one via Facebook or by email: delina.auciello@upadowna.org)!

Each yoga mat will be 6 feet apart on all sides. If it looks like less than 6 feet, the instructor will measure and may ask you to move. If you are participating with people with whom you are not social distancing (live in same household), let the instructor know upon check-in.

If you are coughing or showing other signs of illness, you will be asked to leave. Please stay home if you are sick and remove yourself from the roster to allow others to sign up.

FAQs
Why do I need to donate?
To help sustain this program, donations are needed to assure it can continue and that participants will attend.
Am I allowed to bring a friend?
Yes, but they need to sign up for an online ticket as well.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact us at info@upadowna.org or 631-618-7963 with any questions.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No
Can I bring my family to the event?
Yes. But the program is limited to 9 participants and each participant requires their own ticket. If you have not pre-registered you will not be allowed to participate per state ordinance.
Is this a fun event?
Yes! It is for all levels and it is UpaDowna’s FIRST (wow!!) Yoga in the Park program.

Aug
21
Fri
UpaDowna Little Hikers: Nature Bingo Hike!
Aug 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
UpaDowna Little Hikers: Nature Bingo Hike! @ Sondermann Park | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States

Come join us for a kid friendly nature bingo hike. After our short hike we will decorate UpaDowna coloring sheets. This is a FREE event but you MUST register on EventBrite to participate (each participant must have their own registration – even kiddos).

“UpaDowna Little Hikers: Nature Bingo Hike” Come join us for a kid friendly nature bingo hike. After our short hike we will decorate UpaDowna coloring sheets. This is a SPUR event (Similar Paths United by Recreation). It is geared towards Little Hikers, which means it is for families with young children! If you can’t join us feel free to download the activity sheet at home and join us virtually by posting your nature bingo findings, and your own Freddie the Yeti creation! https://pikespeakoutdoors.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/pikes-peak-outdoors-explore-family-guide-bingo.pdf (share Freddie the Yeti coloring sheet link)  If you are looking for more family friendly activities, be sure to download the Pikes Peak Outdoors Family Adventure Guide https://pikespeakoutdoors.org/explore/family-adventure-guide/ or join the Adventure Club https://pikespeakoutdoors.org/explore/family-adventure-guide/adventure-club/  This trail is not stroller friendly.  Wear sturdy shoes, bring sun protection, water and snacks.

LIMIT: 7 PARTICIPANTS

To UpaDowna, the definition of SPUR is Similar Paths United (by) Recreation. Many of us walk the same path and don’t even know it. Finding camaraderie with others who share similar interests helps us feel more comfortable with new experiences. Many times, it can also help to share your challenges with folks who are “climbing” the same mountain as you.

Details: Join our Family Activities Coordinator, Sarah, for a fun kid friendly hike where we will go on a nature bingo hike and them decorate UpaDowna coloring sheets!

Please note: This activity is limited to 7 people. It is HIGHLY recommended that you arrive 15 minutes early to check in.
UpaDowna must abide by specific guidelines due to the current situation. Important information to note:

-SPACE IS LIMITED to 7 participants and we will strictly enforce capacity guidelines set by local authorities and state ordinances
-You MUST register on EventBrite prior to the program
-Each party must register separately on EventBrite (including families or children)

WHEN YOU ARRIVE:
-Look for and check in with Sarah, UpaDowna’s Family Activities Coordinator
-Sign two waivers (UpaDowna Waiver and UpaDowna COVID Waiver)
-Masks are not required but strongly encouraged. We will have a few UpaDowna neck gaiters available for purchase for $16.00 if you would like to purchase one to be used as a mask.

If you have not pre-registered you will not be allowed to participate per state ordinance.
Hikers are encouraged to be 6 feet apart from each other when possible. If you are participating with people with whom you are not social distancing (live in same household), let the instructor know upon check-in.

If you are coughing or showing other signs of illness, you will be asked to leave. Please stay home if you are sick and remove yourself from the roster to allow others to sign up.

FAQs
What is SPUR?
To UpaDowna, the definition of SPUR is Similar Paths United (by) Recreation. Many of us walk the same path and don’t even know it. Finding camaraderie with others who share similar interests helps us feel more comfortable with new experiences. Many times, it can also help to share your challenges with folks who are “climbing” the same mountain as you. Little Hikers SPUR Events are for families with young children.
Am I allowed to bring a friend?
Yes, but they need to sign up for an online ticket as well.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact us at info@upadowna.org or 631-618-7963 with any questions.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No
Can I bring my family to the event?
Yes. This is a hike specifically for families with young children. But the program is limited to 7 participants and each participant requires their own ticket. If you have not pre-registered you will not be allowed to participate per state ordinance.
Is this a fun event?
Yes! It is perfect for families!

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