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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

Sep
22
Sat
Trail Cleanup @ America the Beautiful Park
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join UpaDowna to make a difference on our urban trails by helping us clean our adopted trail!

Meet up near the main entrance of America the Beautiful Park. Trash bags, gloves, water, and snacks will be provided. Have a cleanup shirt? Please wear it! Don’t have one? We’ll do our best to get you one!

PLEASE RSVP, we’ll do out best to provide lunch/drinks afterward! The adoption of this waterway trail is in partnership with the City of Colorado Springs. A brief safety meeting will take place before the cleanup. Also, please arrive early, after the safety talk, we hit the trail right at 10am! Thanks!

Kids are welcome but keep in mind, there can be dangerous objects along the trail. Please keep a close eye on little ones. We currently do not have gloves for kids under 10. We always suggest to wear lightweight long pants/ long sleeved shirt and sturdy closed-toed shoes. Bring water and a small backpack for snacks, rain gear, or anything needed to keep kiddos happy, just in case!

**WEATHER: usually we do not cancel. Stay tuned to Facebook for the most updated news, or call 719-429-9006 for info.

See safety guidelines here: https://www.springsgov.com/units/cityeng/StormwaterEnterprise/Adopt-A-Waterway%20Level%201/%286%20%29Adopt-A-Waterway%20Safety%20Guidelines.pdf

Map of adopted trail:

Sep
28
Fri
Folk’n’Flannel Fundraiser @ Camp Shady Brook YMCA
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – Sep 30 @ 2:00 pm

Tickets Now On Sale! CLICK HERE!

2018 Sponsorships now available! Click here!

 

Want to volunteer? Sign up here soon!


2017 Event:

News coverage from FOX21 can be seen here!

**NEW in 2017:

  • well behaved, leashed DOGS are allowed!!
  • ticket price includes a beer koozie for the first 70 adults to register
  • ticket price includes a Folk’n’Flannel Sticker
  • ticket price includes a reusable water bottle

What: The “Folk’N’Flannel” is a yearly fundraiser for the 501(c)3 nonprofit UpaDowna

Where: Camp Shady Brook, Deckers, Colorado

When: Fri. Oct. 6th 2pm- Sat. Oct. 7th at 2pm

Why: UpaDowna’s 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. In order to provide free and donation based experiences in the outdoors, we need donations! Unique experiences in the outdoors can lead to healthier lifestyle practices, reduced ADHD and Autism symptoms as well as increased self-confidence and overall mental & physical health and well being! UpaDowna is not your average fundraising type…you know…a fancy breakfast, dinner or gala that takes place INSIDE…so we’re mixing it up with an OUTDOOR camping fundraiser complete with good music, tasty food, cold beer, epic adventures, and beautiful scenery in the mountains of Colorado!

About: The Folk’n’Flannel is a unique festival & fundraiser for the outdoor adventure nonprofit UpaDowna. Festival-goers are welcomed to Camp Shady Brook with numerous activities waiting, corn hole tournaments beginning, Beer & Yoga Classes, music going, whiskey tastings, and beer flowing. Tent, car camping, lodge, and glamping campers are escorted to their tent or lodge sites and they can set up their camping areas. A BBQ family-style dinner is offered at night with s’mores for dessert. Various bands will play Saturday night at “intimate” settings with amphitheater-like seating. Pancakes are served the next morning and multiple UpaDowna activities like fat biking, stand up paddleboarding, SUP Yoga, hiking, and fly fishing are available throughout the day, ending at around 2pm. Festival-goers will also get the opportunity to pay and register for a corn hole tournament or even a “Facial Hair Frenzy” beard and mustache competition.

How: (Follow these steps when buying tickets) Average price is $60 and includes: accommodations, BBQ dinner, pancake breakfast, a complimentary beverage with meals, first 2 beers for adults, all entertainment including musical performances and most activities the next day.

—>PURCHASE TICKETS HERE! <—

Step 1: Choose who’s going. You? Your family? You and your friends? You dog?? Order tickets for the appropriate numbers.
Step 2: Choose where you’re staying. Are you camping in a truck/van, tenting it, staying in a group lodge or Glamping?
Step 3: Choose your activities, sign up to compete in the Cornhole Tournament or Facial Hair Frenzy (a mustache and beard competition)! Some activities are free, some are not, all are FUN!
Step 4: Get a car pass. There is LIMITED PARKING so, please CARPOOL with your friends to save space.

EXTRAS! Order extra items like one-of-a-kind flannel shirts, stickers, patches, bandanas, the VIP package, challenge course or zip line rides, even extra beer tokens!

Competitions: Not only do you raise money for UpaDowna but winners of the Facial Hair Frenzy go home with sweet products to tame their mane and the team who wins cornhole gets their very own set of boards!! GOOD LUCK!

Remember: This event is family friendly and will consist of live music, beer, food, adventure, and a celebration of the outdoors! Flannel is the dress code! It is overnight and guests are encouraged to stay and not drive home that night unless it is an emergency. Please leave valuables at home (but bring cash/checks, you’ll need it!) This is a FUNDraiser for an awesome nonprofit, so go big or go home! Cash and check transactions at camp are preferred. There is no cell service or wifi, an emergency land line phone is available.

Absolutely NO:
-outside alcohol
-marijuana
-guns or weapons

Questions? Email Randi at randi@upadowna.org

Tentative Timeline:
Fri. Oct. 6th-
-2pm: Gates open
-2-5:30: Music and Activities happening
-5:30-6:30: Dinner & entertainment
-6:30-7:30: Cornhole Tournament takes place, music on patio, S’mores around the campfire
-7:30-11pm: Music at Upper/Mid amphitheater, then patio
-1am: Campfires out

Sat. Oct. 7th-
7-9:30: Breakfast available
*Activities Begin:
7-8 Yoga
7-8 Fly Tying
8-9 Fly Fishing 101
8-9 Hike
9-10 Yoga
9-10 Challenge Course
10-11 Hike
11-12 Challenge Course
11-12 SUP YOGA
*Ongoing: 8am-12pm
-Stand up paddleboarding
-Fat biking
-Cornhole
12pm-2pm: Pack up and leave

Thank you to our current 2017 sponsors:

To sponsor this event, please contact us at info@upadowna.org!

 

 

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Oct
9
Tue
Intro to Climbing
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Intro to Climbing

What: “Intro to Climbing”, a donation-based class

Why: To get more folks stoked about climbing in and out of a gym!

How: Sign up at tinyurl.com/2018climbnight to join the class! Limited spots available!

Details: You are invited to join UpaDowna for a first hand tour of CityROCK Climbing Center and intro to climbing class. This class is designed for folks that have never been into CityROCK, are new to climbing, or just getting back into it. You’ll get a tour of the facility and learn the basics of climbing taught by seasoned climbers from UpaDowna and CityROCK. We are stoked to offer you this amazing, donation-based, Intro to Climbing package, complete with climbing gear rental, expert instruction from Cityrock and UpaDowna staff, and food and beverages afterward, a $150 value!

Did You Know…UpaDowna Climb Night Members can save 10% on a membership to CityROCK?!

Thank you to our Climb Night Sponsors CityRock, Heuberger Subaru and The Ute & Yeti!

Oct
20
Sat
3rd Saturday Adventure- Seven Bridges Trail @ Cheyenne Canon
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a beautiful hike in Cheyenne Canon along the seven bridges trail. We will be enjoying the beautiful fall scenery, and discussing the science behind the fall color changes.

Length: About 3 miles, round trip.

Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet

General Description: The trailhead is directly off the closed portion of Gold Camp Rd. (on the west side). Park at the intersection of Gold Camp Rd., High Dr. and Cheyenne Cañon Rd. Hike past the gate, which is in the northwest corner of the parking area, and follow the closed portion of Gold Camp Rd .7 miles to the trailhead. The trail marker is a little off the road, so you will need to watch for the creek that goes under the road, and the trailhead will be on your right. This is a moderate hike,which criss-crosses Cheyenne Creek over a series of seven bridges. – cheyennecanon.org

Nov
13
Tue
Intro to Climbing
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Intro to Climbing

What: “Intro to Climbing”, a donation-based class

Why: To get more folks stoked about climbing in and out of a gym!

How: Sign up at tinyurl.com/2018climbnight to join the class! Limited spots available!

Details: You are invited to join UpaDowna for a first hand tour of CityROCK Climbing Center and intro to climbing class. This class is designed for folks that have never been into CityROCK, are new to climbing, or just getting back into it. You’ll get a tour of the facility and learn the basics of climbing taught by seasoned climbers from UpaDowna and CityROCK. We are stoked to offer you this amazing, donation-based, Intro to Climbing package, complete with climbing gear rental, expert instruction from Cityrock and UpaDowna staff, and food and beverages afterward, a $150 value!

Did You Know…UpaDowna Climb Night Members can save 10% on a membership to CityROCK?!

Thank you to our Climb Night Sponsors CityRock, Heuberger Subaru and The Ute & Yeti!

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