PROJECT PARTNER: Jeffco Public Schools
SESSION DATES: August 11-16 | August 18-23 | August 25-30
Volunteers had the option of either sleeping inside the lodge, tent camping, or bringing a small RV/trailer (no hookups). There were showers and a full kitchen for us to use as well.
LOCATION: Ten miles southwest of the gorgeous town of Evergreen, CO
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Volunteers first undertook preservation work here in 2015, focusing on the south elevation’s siding, windows, and logs. Our 2019 project work focused on a small porch.
The Mt. Evans Outdoor Laboratory School is located at the historic Dodge Ranch, ten miles southwest of Evergreen, Colorado. It has been designated by the National Park Service as a National Education Landmark. The property evolved from a homestead, into an elegant summer home, and later into a tourist-oriented ranch. After its sale in 1961 to the Jefferson County School District, it was converted to an outdoor education facility. This use continues to the present day.
The property is comprised of twelve historic buildings and eleven non-historic buildings. The most prominent structure on site, Dodge Lodge, was constructed between 1904 and 1907 by Clarence and Regina Dodge. Clarence Dodge was an international level tennis player who was active in community affairs, published the Colorado Springs Gazette, was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives, Chairman of the International YMCA, and president of the Community Chest. The Dodge family developed the property into their summer residence. Dodge Lodge was constructed with wood from a local mill and included a stone fireplace in every room, many of which are still in existence.
After the property was purchased by the Jefferson County School District, it was remodeled and expanded into an in-residence outdoor education laboratory school. Today, the school serves sixth-graders throughout the entire Jefferson County system. Every school in the District sends its sixth-graders for one week during the school year. The students, and their teachers, live on-site for a week, participating in a curriculum of environmental studies, ecology, wildlife, geology, history and astronomy.
Volunteers worked alongside expert field staff to learn the skills necessary to preserve this active educational facility.
- Remove porch roofing to access deteriorated porch wall logs; alter rebuild – 15%
- Repair wall logs using Dutchman technique to match original look – 40%
- Remove and replace deteriorated daubing- 10%
- Rehabilitate historic windows – 35%