New to Colorado Springs? Just visiting? Been here awhile but want to learn about new adventures or places to go? UpaDowna is the place for you! We are a nonprofit and specialize in programs that are free or donation based, open to the public, and are all-ages/abilities friendly! If we can't provide the info, education, or gear you need, we'll find it for you! Our mission is to provide access to outdoor adventures for all through events and programs that empower individuals, create healthier communities, and foster a respect for the environment.
James Hawkins, is a 25 year old who was born and raised in Grayson GA, who currently serves as a Field Instructor for Rocky Mountain Field Institute and previously as a Crew Leader for Volunteers for Outside Colorado and Mile High Youth Corps. In addition, he also serves on the Colorado Springs Civil Service Commission and Panel for Mental Health USA.
His speech revolves around a 2 week trip to Brazil that he took as International President for his fraternity and the experiences he had there including: being a foreigner in a different country, building relationships with and meeting thousands of young men from Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay and the beautiful forests, mountains, and lakes of Brazil and discovering a world bigger than himself that we all share and rekindling his passion to get involved in adventuring outdoors.
About Adventure on Tap: UpaDowna’s Speaker Series is a featured activity in our nonprofit’s “Community Campfire” program. This activity features a new discussion each month. Through our speaker series, you’ll have the opportunity to be inspired by many different adventures. Keeping on theme with our mission, we want to inspire individuals to pursue outdoor endeavors and this is one of the ways we hope to bring new and exciting opportunities to you! Want to be a speaker? Sign up here: https://www.upadowna.org/programs/adventure-on-tap/