New! Denver Outdoor Understanding for Teachers
June 15-19, 2015
Explore the Outdoors from Plains to Peaks during this Professional Development Institute for Teachers in the Denver Metro Area! Visit sites around the Denver Area to enhance your own understanding of Colorado ecosystems.
Registration is $50 and the deadline to register is June 8th!
DRAFT Agenda (as of April 2015)
Date: Monday, June 15
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
- Introduction to course
- Buffalo and Butterflies
- Prairie Restoration
Barr Lake State Park and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
- Food webs on the Plains
- Birding by Boat
- Eagle Express Ride
Date: Tuesday, June 16
Colorado Judicial Center
Tour new Judicial Center
Connect legislation to wildlife – the Samson Case
- Human connections to Colorado Ecosystems
- Evening Program: 1965 Flood Anniversary
Date: Wednesday, June 17
Lake Lehow - Near Chatfield Reservoir
- Aquatic insects & water quality program
- Aquatic WILD activities
Date: Thursday, June 18
Lair o’ the Bear
Lookout Mountain Nature Center
- Humans and recreation impacts
- Ecosystem Investigators Program
- Transition zones
Date: Friday, June 19
Dos Chappell Nature Center – Idaho Springs
- Bristlecone Pines
- Drive to Summit Lake
- Inquiry Activity – Ecosystem Investigations
- Course Wrap-up
Notes before you register:
Explore 10 local sites and learn about Colorado’s ecosystems from experts in the Greater Denver Metro Area. Participation in the entire 5 days is mandatory.
Build your confidence, background knowledge, and skills teaching about outdoors. The majority of the course is outside, bring layers and plan accordingly.
Take home resources to support teaching inside and outside you classroom.
Two Colorado School of Mines Continuing Education Credits are available for an additional fee.
Participants in OUT are eligible to receive transportation grants for field trips for the 2015-2016 school year.
Transportation to and from sites is not provided, participant carpooling is encouraged. All sites are within 45 minutes of downtown Denver.
Meals are not provided, however snacks and water will be available.
Note that Tuesday's class is from 1pm-9pm.
Registration information is on the
Teacher Workshop Calendar
June 23-24, 2015
Outdoor Understanding for Teachers (OUT) is a two- to three-day outdoor environmental education workshop designed for educators interested in teaching using the natural world and encouraging outdoor exploration and learning in their lessons.
OUT workshops are
customized to district education needs, Colorado Academic Standards, and other existing curricula.
Thompson OUT helps Loveland-area teachers develop environmental education skills and techniques through field trips and other experiences in local outdoor settings, including: Devil's Backbone, (via a partnership with Larimer County Open Lands); Rocky Mountain National Park, and Boyd Lake State Park.
While some content of workshop is tailored to the Thompson R2J School District and local outdoor areas, all educators are welcome to attend!