LDC Class of 2018 Project Benefits Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures

Bridging the Gap

A ribbon cutting and dedication was held on June 20 at Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures.

Leaving a legacy, through a significant class project, is the goal of each Leadership Douglas County (LDC) class. The LDC Class of 2017-2018 unanimously selected Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures for their community project in Douglas County. Located near Larkspur, Stone Canyon provides experiential adventure and social-based programming to develop responsible individuals, daring leaders, and highly effective teams. The facility is widely regarded as one of the best places for outdoor education by many of the school districts along the Front Range.


East Plum Creek bisects the Stone Canyon property, creating a natural barrier. Until this project, a few small handmade footbridges were used to get participants over the creek. However, during the spring and early summer, the creek crossing swells with snowmelt and rain, making the north side of the site inaccessible, which includes a zip line, a campfire gathering place, and the best area for star gazing. In addition, there are numerous safety concerns with the current footbridges including need of constant repair, unstable handrails, and inaccessibility for handicapped guests. LDC constructed 4 pier-style footbridges, and one vehicle bridge at Stone Canyon, allowing for easier and safer access to activities. The bridges will greatly impact Stone Canyon’s ability to offer programs to people of all ages and physical abilities. These multiple crossings along the half-mile of creek will also enable guests to utili ze more of the property at Stone Canyon, including during the runoff season. The class raised more than $7,000.00 to help pay for this enormous undertaking. DeYoung Brothers Construction, who led the class through this project, also donated generous amounts of time, talent, tools and materials to see to it that this project was done right and will last for years to come!

Leadership Douglas County is designed to bring diverse people together to enhance their experiences, perspectives and take their personal and professional leadership journey to the next level. Founded by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, and now entering its 20th year, LDC offers emerging and existing leaders in Douglas County an experiential program to learn more about where they live and/or work, at a deeper level, in preparation for service to the community. Applications for the 2018-2019 are now closed. For more information, visit www.leadershipdouglascounty.org
The county-wide program has been supported during the 2017-2018 year through the generosity of Presenting and Patron Sponsors: Castle Rock Chamber, BreakThroughs, Inc., City of Lone Tree, Douglas County Government, Highlands Ranch Metro District/Mansion, ReVision, Inc and Town of Parker; Program Sponsors: Adolfson & Peterson Construction, Amy Blackwell, Charles Schwab & Co., Douglas County Libraries, South Metro Fire Rescue Authority; Host Sponsors: ACC, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corporation, Olinger, Andrews, Caldwell & Gibson Chapel-Castle Rock, Sky Ridge Medical Center.