Woodland Park Citizens Academy


Have YOU ever wondered...

  • How does Woodland Park's government work?
  • What do City Councilmembers do?
  • Where does our water come from? How does it get here? And where does it go?!
  • How is the City budget created?
  • How does police dispatching work?
  • Who fixes the potholes? When do my streets get plowed?
  • What can I do to get involved?

At Woodland Park Citizens Academy, you'll get answers to all of those questions...and more!

What is the Citizens Academy?

The Citizens Academy is a FREE series of in-person classes designed to provide an inside look at the City of Woodland Park government. This program is for anyone who wants more insight on their local government in a hands on environment.

In each class, City staff and elected officials will provide an in-depth look at how our local government functions! Students will go on facility tours, perform mock activities, learn all about how different departments operate, and get face to face time with department directors.


The Citizens Academy is open to anyone residing in Woodland Park who is interested in learning about our city! The minimum age of enrollment is 16 years of age. Applicants must be able to attend all sessions. Please do not apply if you have already attended the Citizens Academy in previous years.


Applications for the Winter 2023 Citizens Academy are open. Applications will be accepted through 2/24/2023 at 5pm. 

Apply Now

Winter 2023 Schedule

The Citizens Academy is a twice-yearly program. The next Citizens Academy will begin on March 6, 2023.

Local Government 101Monday, March 65:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Budget & FinanceWednesday, March 85:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, March 135:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Monday, March 205:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Planning, Zoning & Building
Monday, March 275:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Parks & RecreationMonday, April 35:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Public Works
Monday, April 105:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Police DepartmentMonday, April 175:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Graduation CeremonyThursday, April 207:00 pm


Participant Expectations

  1. Each of the Citizens Academy sessions has been designed to provide a solid learning opportunity within the timeframe allotted. All sessions will begin and end on time.
  2. Because of the limited number of slots available for participants, attendance at all sessions is required, unless extenuating circumstances arise. Should something come up, please call Grace Johnson (719 687 5218) prior to the session to inform us.
  3. Please be respectful of other participants’ time by arriving on time.
  4. Participants will be expected to take a short survey after each session to provide feedback.
  5. We expect all participants to engage with each other respectfully at all times.
  6. Because of the wealth of information provided throughout the Academy, it will be imperative that we all stay on task. Your assistance in helping to keep the sessions focused is much appreciated. Have fun, and enjoy this experience!