What is “COES”?

Welcome to the new Colorado Outdoor Educator Symposium website! Thank you to everyone that helped make the 2016 COES a huge success!


COES stands for the Colorado Outdoor Educator Symposium. The goal of the symposium is to provide college students from around Colorado the opportunity to connect and network with each other while gaining a better understanding of the outdoor industry.

COES has three overall goals:

1. Students are the focus

2. Low costs

3. Students teach, learn, and network


We would like to give a huge thank you to Colorado College for starting COES two years ago and Colorado Mesa University and the Outdoor Program for continuing COES on their campus February 2015. Western State Colorado University hosted March 4-6th, 2016 and had an incredible turnout! Fort Lewis will be hosting COES in 2017.

We need your help though! We would love to hear about your ideas and suggestions to make this year’s symposium the best it can be. Check out the Contact Us page and share your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, photos, and whatever else might be on your mind regarding COES.