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Balarat Outdoor Education Center

Balarat Outdoor Education Center

  • Client: Denver Public Schools
  • Date: July, 2021 – September, 2021
  • Project Type: Wildfire Mitigation, Forest Management
  • Info: Denver Public Schools contracted Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting to provide a Forest Agricultural Plan for Denver Public School’s 700-acre property.


The 717-acre Balarat Outdoor Education Center is currently owned and operated by Denver Public Schools. The campus facilitates outdoor learning for more than 10,000 students each year and is an integral part of the DPS curriculum.

Blue Mountain prepared a forest management plan to implement wildfire mitigation and improve forest health.

The plan integrated wildfire mitigation activities and protection of structures from wildfire. Blue Mountain completed a forest inventory and provided management prescriptions and an implementation schedule. This goals is to restore historical structure of the ponderosa pine forests, prevent forest insect and disease infestations and control noxious weeds.

Additionally, we conducted wildfire mitigation structure assessments in conjunction with the Boulder County Wildfire Partners Program. The campus consists of four lodges, seven outdoor classrooms, several minor single-room structures, two residences, two ropes courses, big swing and zipline and an abandoned mine.  We completed defensible-space layouts for all structures per Colorado State Forest Service Defensible Space Guidelines.