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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.

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“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.

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“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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Wheelchair Accessible Trails Around Colorado

Wheelchair Accessible Trails Around Colorado

From hiking to rock climbing Colorado has a variety of outdoor activities for the entire family including those that are in wheelchairs. This past weekend my little sister Keona came to visit me here in Colorado. Keona was born with…

EVENTS & Programs

Sep
24
Thu
Yoga in the Park
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Yoga in the Park @ Nancy Lewis Park Pavilion | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States
Take some time to slow down and join UpaDowna for our All-Level Vinyasa Flow Yoga in the Park classes!
Please register with our EventBrite link to attend: here.
Take some time to slow down and join yoga instructor, Jessica Watson, for her all level vinyasa yoga flows every other Thursday in July at Nancy Lewis Park (6:00- 7:00pm). 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!
What: “Yoga in the Park” – a donation-based class
Why: To encourage the community to come together and practice self care outdoors through our NEW Yoga in the Park program!
Who: All ages are welcome to sign up.
How: Choose one or two donation-based tickets. Type in your donation amount and then continue registration. Want to donate by cash or check? Please call us.
Have 4 or more people, or even a group? Contact us for a private session! 631-618-7963.
Goals:
* To help individuals or couples practice self care and enjoy yoga in a safe and fun environment.
* To overcome as many barriers as possible (cost, equipment, location, knowledge) in order for all ages and abilities to try yoga.
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)
-Once the event is full on EventBrite there will be a waiting list
WHEN YOU ARRIVE:
-Look for the UpaDowna sign/ table – we will 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 Jessica, our wonderful 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.
Oct
2
Fri
Folk’n’Flannel Fundraiser
Oct 2 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 4 @ 2:00 pm

Tickets Now On Sale! CLICK HERE!

 

Want to volunteer?

Follow this link to sign up for 2 volunteer shifts and use access code: COVIDFOLK. Link here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CA8AA22ABF9C70-folk Once you sign up for shifts you will receive an email with a 25% off promo code to use for admission (18+ volunteers only please) on EventBrite. 

 

News coverage from FOX21 can be seen here!

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

Where: Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, Manitou Springs, CO

When: Fri. Oct. 2nd 2pm- Sun. Oct. 4th 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!

**OPEN to the first 150 people, Get your tickets now!**

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, all guests will be required to wear a mask (each guest will receive a Special Edition Folk ‘n’ Flannel mask upon arrival). Social distancing will be encouraged at the event (tent spaces will be 6 feet apart in all directions and guests are required to bring their own tent chairs for the band performances to reduce the spread of the virus). Outdoor activities will be by sign up and will be limited to the specific number of participants outlined and mandated by the state of Colorado during the time of the event. Because the event has to be on a smaller scale, which has severely limited our programming for the year, this fundraiser is a much bigger deal for UpaDowna than in past years as the funds we raise will help to keep us afloat for the year. We understand times are tough and are trying our best to promote local businesses at this event. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please call: 719-429-9006.

Due to the change in event space, accommodations are much more limited than in past years. There are fewer tent and van options, however, our gracious event venue sponsor Buffalo Lodge has A LOT of GREAT rooms available at an EXTREMELY discounted rate! 

**** From MON. August 17th to MON. August 31st selecting a room at Buffalo Lodge is 50% OFF (prices on eventbrite are with the 50% OFF discount). After the first two weeks of sales, selecting a room at Buffalo Lodge will be 25% OFF (Sept 1st-Sept 15th). ALL rooms are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE! ****

8/17-8/31: Selecting a room at the lodge will be 50% off (price shown is with discount already included). 

9/1-9/15: Selecting a room at the lodge will be 25% off (price shown is with discount already applied).

9/15-9/30: Admission- $50/adult (21+) for one night, $90/adult for both nights. $30/per child (6-20) for one night, $50/per child for both nights. 

-Selecting a room at the lodge will be done by you through direct booking on the Buffalo Lodge website. Buffalo Lodge rooms will no longer be available on EventBrite. 

Staying overnight at this event is encouraged, but not required. There will be a lot of beer and alcohol for sale at this event. If you choose to not stay overnight, you will be required to sign a waiver stating that UpaDowna can not be held liable and that it is your sole responsibility to get home safely (via uber, lyft, sober friend, etc.).

**** When selecting a room, if you are planning on booking that room for both FRI and SAT of the event you MUST select FRI Only and SAT Only options. If you do not, someone else can book the room for the day you did not select, the same goes for both tent and van spots. ****

The Folk’n’Flannel is a unique festival & fundraiser that takes place in the fall each year. Festival-goers are welcomed to Camp with numerous activities waiting, yoga classes, paddleboarding, SUP Yoga, biking Garden of the Gods, corn hole tournaments beginning, beach volleyball, music playing, whiskey tastings, and beer flowing. Tent, van camping, and lodging campers are escorted to their tent space or lodge sites and they can set up their camping areas in the designated spots to encourage social distancing. Food trucks will come to the event and offer discounts/ deals for dinner and the s’mores for dessert are on us! Various bands will play each night at an“intimate” yet socially distant setting. Complimentary breakfast is served the next morning and multiple UpaDowna activities like biking, stand up paddle boarding, SUP Yoga, hiking, and kids scavenger hunts are available during the event. Festival-goers will also get the opportunity to compete in a corn hole tournament, a “Facial Hair Frenzy” beard and mustache competition, and even take photos in the photo booth with Freddie the Yeti! News coverage from FOX21 can be seen here!

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

Where: Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, Manitou Springs, Colorado

When: Fri. Oct. 2nd- Fri Oct 4th

Friday ONLY tickets are valid from 2pm Friday-2pm Saturday (must check out of room if booked at Buffalo Lodge by 12:30pm). Saturday ONLY tickets are valid Sat. at 2pm- Sunday at 2pm. Friday-Sunday tickets are valid Fri. at 2pm-Sun at 2pm. $10 OFF IF YOU COME BOTH NIGHTS!

How: (Follow these steps when buying tickets) Average price for one day is $70 and includes: Folk ‘n’ Flannel mask, accommodations, complimentary breakfast, discounted lunch in Manitou and discounted food truck dinner, first 2 drinks, access to heated pool, all entertainment including musical 8-9 performances and ALL outdoor activities the next day (Hiking Manitou Incline, SUP Yoga, Open SUP, Yoga, Zumba, Hike in GoG, Bike through GoG, Kids Camp/Family Activities).

Please read the following instructions as registration has changed due to the event taking place at a new venue:

Step 1: Choose who’s going. You? Your family? You and your friends? Your dog?? Order tickets for the appropriate numbers.

Step 2: Choose where you’re staying. Are you camping in a van, tenting it, staying in a room at Buffalo Lodge (50% for the first two weeks tickets are on sale)? Make sure to select the nights that you will be staying in the accommodation of your choosing. If you are staying in a tent for both nights – select “Tent Space FRI & SAT” and get $10 off. If you are planning on staying in rooms at the lodge you must select for the nights you are staying (if that is both nights you must select that room for both the FRI ONLY and SAT ONLY options). Only some rooms are pet friendly and these will go on a first come first serve basis. **** When selecting a room, if you are planning on booking that room for both FRI and SAT of the event you MUST select FRI Only and SAT Only options. If you do not, someone else can book the room for the day you did not select, the same goes for both tent and van spots. ****

Staying overnight at this event is encouraged, but not required. There will be a lot of beer and alcohol for sale at this event. If you choose to not stay overnight, you will be required to sign a waiver stating that UpaDowna can not be held liable and that it is your sole responsibility to get home safely (via uber, lyft, sober friend, etc.).

Step 3: Choose your activities, sign up to compete in the Cornhole Tournament or Facial Hair Frenzy (a mustache and beard competition)! All outdoor activities are free and all are FUN!

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!

This year’s bands: Grant Sabin, Red Mountain Boys, John Spengler, Leo and the Lark, Roma Ransom, J. Miller Band, Curtis Boucher, Jeremy Facknitz 

Tentative Schedule:

Fri:

Check-in: 2-4 pm

5:00-6:30 Food truck Dinner (% of sales donated to UpaDowna) 

Music 3:30-10:00pm

Heated pool open until 9:30pm (children must be supervised by adult) 

S’mores: 7-10:00pm

Sat

7-10 am: Continental Breakfast available 

8-9am: Early Morning Yoga

10am-2pm: Free outdoor activities (Hike GoG, Bike GoG, Hike Manitou Incline, SUP Yoga @ Quail Lake, Open SUP @ Quail Lake) 

11:30-2:30 Discounted lunch available at various locations in downtown Manitou 

1:00pm: Check out for FRI ONLY guests 

2:00-4:00PM- Check in for SAT ONLY guests

3:00- Cornhole Competition 

3:00-6:00- Kids Camp with Family activities Coordinator (scavenger hunts, arts and crafts,beach volleyball etc.) 

5:00-6:30- Foodtruck dinner (% of sales donated to UpaDowna) 

7:00-9:00pm- Movie night for kids in Lodge 

3:30-10:00pm- Live music 

Sun: 7-10am: Continental Breakfast available 

8:30-9:30 Yoga 

9:30-12:30 Free outdoor activities

11:30-1:00- Discounted lunch available in downtown Manitou 

1:30 Check out!! 

Must leave lodge by 2:00pm 

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/card, 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. 

Absolutely NO: -outside alcohol -marijuana -guns or weapons Questions? Want to sponsor this event? Email us at info@upadowna.org or call 719-429-9006

Thank you to our current 2020 sponsors: 

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