"When children become engrossed in the outdoors, their imaginations grow and the result is a kind of real-life magic. Just ask Meredith Burke, Program Director for Garfield County Outdoors (GCO), one of 15 Generation Wild coalitions across Colorado. These diverse coalitions of individuals and organizations are using a community-led, youth-driven, collaborative approach to create equitable access to the outdoors.

In 2017, GOCO awarded GCO and its partners $1.5 million to break down barriers to getting youth and families outdoors more often. Since then, GCO has advanced its equity mission by providing free and low-cost programming for youth looking to add adventure into their lives and experience the many benefits of getting outside.

This fall, Meredith will move on from her role with GCO to pursue a sustainability-focused MBA at Colorado State University. While her involvement with Generation Wild will be missed, the impact she’s had on the Garfield County community will endure. She has helped inspire a generation of young people there."