Rep. Scanlan urges local groups, schools to apply for "Colo Kids Outdoors" summer job funds | SummitDaily.com

Rep. Scanlan urges local groups, schools to apply for "Colo Kids Outdoors" summer job funds

Special to the Daily

pboto: christinescanlanforcolorao.com

SUMMIT COUNTY – Following approved legislation by Rep. Christine Scanlan (D-Summit County), a total of $100,000 is available for two grant applicants who seek to use the funds to target summer youth employment opportunities in the outdoors.

In May, Gov. Bill Ritter, Jr. signed Scanlan’s January legislation into law, creating House Bill 1131. It’s meant to teach Colorado’s students about nature through science-based education and creating a program to allow children to directly experience the outdoors.

According to a news release, Scanlan believes that organizations and schools in Eagle, Summit and Lake counties could use the money not only to help educate local students, but also to draw students from elsewhere in the state to the mountain communities. She envisions the grants, if awarded, as an educational and economic boost to the area.

For more information or to apply, visit http://dnr.state.co.us. Applications are due on Monday, Oct. 4.