JPII Outdoor Lab inspires youth to an authentic relationship with Christ, themselves, others, and Creation
by the union of faith and science
through environmental science programs, outdoor expeditions, and Catholic leadership retreats.
Founded in 2008, the JPII Outdoor Lab lives within the mission of Christ by offering superior environmental science teaching, catechesis of Sacred Scripture, and by giving students the opportunity to encounter Christ through His creation and the Sacraments.
- Currently serving over 700 students with over 2000 camper days.
- We serve over 22 schools in the Archdioceses of Denver and Colorado Springs.
- The only program to blend faith and science in such a harmonious and academic way!
Julie brings over 20 years’ experience as a high school teacher, leader, and coach to the JPII Outdoor Lab. She also has experience with program and curriculum development, implementation, presentation, and administration. Julie has a passion for Catholicism and for leading young people closer to Jesus Christ through His church and the outdoors. She has a desire to help Catholics understand the truth and beauty of their faith. Her love of the great outdoors stems from her countless hours of triathlon training and love of sports.
Field Instructor, Program Coordinator, Curriculum Developer
Logan grew up on a farm just outside of Wichita, KS. He graduated from Newman University with a degree in Biology in 2013 and completed his graduate studies at The Augustine Institute in 2015 where he received a Masters in Theology. Logan was previously a parish youth minister and has experience teaching within the classroom as well as outside the classroom. Logan combines his passion for ministry and evangelization with science and adventure as he leads youth at the JPII Outdoor Lab to a deeper understanding of God’s love.
Field Instructor, Program Coordinator, Marketing Specialist
Anna grew up in Washington, DC, although she calls the mountains home. She graduated from the University of Colorado in 2013. After teaching for seven summers at Telluride Academy, an outdoors school and backcountry camp, and three years at a service and adventure program for high school students, she longed to be able to share her faith with students. Anna is thankful to unite her passion for the outdoors with her love for and the adventure with Christ.
Corinne Thomas, PhD
Dr. Thomas is originally from St. Louis, MO. She attended Edgewood College of the Sacred Heart for her undergraduate, and received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin. She has worked as a teacher, researcher, and professor of Biological Sciences for over 35 years. Corinne’s love of creation and outdoor adventure brought her to the Rocky Mountains. As a retired JPII Outdoor Lab instructor, she remains involved as a guest instructor and consultant. In her free time, Corinne volunteers with Rocky Mountain National Park, explores local trails with her poodles, and has many adventures with the Estes Park “Sometimers.”
WE HAVE A NEW PERMANENT HOME!
Beginning in March, the JPII Outdoor Lab will host all programs at Annunciation Heights, located at the base of the Twin Sister Peaks, with views of Mt. Meeker, Long’s Peak, and just miles away from St. Malo’s!
We are beyond excited to continue to serve you at our new home. Having a permanent location will allow us to grow our mission to lead youth to Christ through creation and the sacraments.
Annunciation Heights has every amenity the JPII Outdoor Lab could dream of:
a chapel, outdoor and indoor games for students, meeting areas, an outdoor pavilion, a lake, ropes courses, zip line and climbing wall.
With many different cabin and sleeping accommodations, the camp can comfortably sleep up to 200 people.
We are so thankful and feel very blessed to take our ministry to Annunciation Heights. The Lord truly has amazing plans for this camp property and for the lives that will be transformed here.