This field trip is conducted at Chautauqua Park in Boulder, and consists of discussions and activities involving: the 10 essentials for backcountry safety, identifying and learning natural history of plants along the McClintock Trail, exploration of nature by doing a scavenger hunt, and sensory awareness and through the "Hug-a-Tree" activity.
This tour visits Growing Gardens in North Boulder (comprised of community gardens, Cultiva! and The Children's Peace Garden), Boulder County Agricultural Heritage Center/Lohr McIntosh Farm, and either Pachamama Organic Farm or Cure Organic Farm. The field trip focuses on what plants need in order to grow (including compost, decomposers, pollinators, etc.) as well as what it's like to work on a farm and grow your own food.
Come discover the benefits of incorporating a learning classroom at your institution. Discover how to meet the new PFL- Personal Financial Literacy, Science, and Health standards by maximizing the use of land and receiving new multiple streams of income through Grants and Plants.
The program was the birth of both a passion for the environment and the genuine concern for the increasing childhood obesity rates in the United States. The idea came from Heidi Halvorsen as a passion to bring nutrition back to the class and from Dr. Ilisha Newhouse who strongly believes the best lessons take place outside the classroom and in the field. Our goal is to encourage our peers and colleagues to utilize the community economic resources in a matter that moves the educational experience outside and creates an attachment to the environment. We ask that each interested party begin with small steps and explore untapped resources such as land that is not utilized in an effective or efficient manner. The next step is to begin replacing plants, trees, and bushes with baring foliage that produce, fruit, vegetables, herbs or spice. A final step in the program the incorporation of a 1/3 acre or more as a designated area for the Living Classroom that will become a self-sustaining program that will add to the selection in the cafeteria such as a salad bar.
Because Some of the Best Lessons Come From Nature....
Health and the environment are important learning areas in science education and their significance is growing. Not only do they have high social relevance, but are also appealing to students' interests and needs. They provide many opportunities to unlock science with questions that are personally relevant to boys and girls and that inspire them to engage in science as well as become stewards of the environment and activists for healthy social lifestyles.
Green Up Our Schools is a grant program that supports elementary school waste reduction & recycling programs. Schools accepted into the program receive $2,000 over 3 years and personalized assistance achieving their goals.
This workshop was presented at Teaching Outside the Box Conference 2013. Whether you a re new to the field or have years of experience, the EE Certification Program through CAEE can help you grow as an environmental educator. Participants were able to find out more about the program and how they can get started. Session handouts and additional links for information are provided here.
The Traveling Sea brings the ocean to YOU with assembly style or individual class workshops for schools, home schools, clubs, camps, libraries and more. All of our programs adhere to the Colorado Common Core Standards and the North American Association of Environmental Education guidelines.
Our hands on, get wet marine science programs explore how the ocean affects our live in Colorado through experiments, labs, art, and The Traveling Touch Tank with live sea animals you can hold.
Living things have characteristics and basic needs
Living things develop in predictable patterns
Organisms can be described and sorted by their physical characteristics
Offspring have characteristics that are similar to but not exactly like their parents' characteristics
An organism is a living thing that has physical characteristics to help it survive
Organisms depend on their habitat's nonliving parts to satisfy their needs
Each plant or animal has different structures or behaviors that serve different functions
The duration and timing of life cycle events such as reproduction and longevity vary across organisms and species
All living things share similar characteristics, but they also have differences that can be described and classified
There is interaction and interdependence between and among living and nonliving components of ecosystems
Create and evaluate models of plant and/or animal systems or parts
21st Century Skills and Readiness Competencies
Inquiry Q: How do plants and animals carry out processes necessary for life?
Inquiry Q: What different structures do plants and animals use to carry out the same functions?
Inquiry Q: What adaptations or characteristics help humans survive?
Relevance and Application: Different organism structures are adapted to different functions to ensure survival, and humans often manipulate these different structures for their own uses such as making building materials, food, and medicines.
Develop and communicate an evidence-based scientific explanation of the role of different organs or structures that are important for an organism's survival – in both plants and animals
Analyze and interpret data to generate evidence that all organisms have structures that are required for survival in both plants and animals
Interpret and analyze data about changes in environmental conditions – such as climate change – and populations that support a claim describing why a specific population might be increasing or decreasing
Model equilibrium in an ecosystem, including basic inputs and outputs, to predict how a change to that ecosystem such as climate change might impact the organisms, populations, and species within it such as the removal of a top predator or introduction of
Develop, communicate, and justify an evidence-based explanation about how ecosystems interact with and impact the global environment
Inquiry Q: How do ecosystem changes affect biodiversity?
Inquiry Q: How does biodiversity contribute to an ecosystem’s equilibrium?
Relevance and Application: The development and application of technologies intended to aid some populations and ecosystems.
Nature of Science: Use models and technology tools to show what might happen to individuals, populations, and species as environmental conditions change.
Organisms interact with each other and their environment in various ways that create a flow of energy and cycling of matter in an ecosystem
Design a food web diagram to show the flow of energy through an ecosystem
Compare and contrast the flow of energy with the cycling of matter in ecosystems
Relevance and Application: Humans use an understanding of the cycling of matter and energy to help mitigate environmental problems. For example, they treat waste water and clean up oil spills.
Inquiry Q: What “jobs” do organisms do to facilitate the flow of energy and cycling of matter?
Nature of Science: Create and evaluate models that show how interactions create a flow of energy and a cycling of matter in an ecosystem.
Weather conditions change because of the uneven heating of Earth's surface by the Sun's energy. Weather changes are measured by differences in temperature, air pressure, wind and water in the atmosphere and type of precipitation
Gather and analyze data from a variety of print resources and investigations to account for local and world-wide water circulation and distribution patterns
Use evidence to model how water is transferred throughout the earth
Identify problems, and propose solutions related to water quality, circulation, and distribution – both locally and worldwide
Identify the various causes and effects of water pollution in local and world water distributions
Describe where water goes after it is used in houses or buildings
Earth's natural resources provide the foundation for human society's physical needs. Many natural resources are nonrenewable on human timescales, while others can be renewed or recycled
Identify and evaluate types and availability of renewable and nonrenewable resources
Research and critically evaluate data and information about the advantages and disadvantages of using fossil fuels and alternative energy sources
Inquiry Q: What resources are found and used in our community?
Inquiry Q: How can natural resources be identified and classified?
Inquiry Q: How can we make responsible choices about the resources we use on a daily basis?
Relevance and Application: Natural resources come from a variety of locations and have to be mined or harvested, depending on the type.
Relevance and Application: A resource can be used in a variety of ways, depending on the product being made. For example plastics, textiles, medications, and fertilizers are produced from petroleum.
Civic participation takes place in multiple groups
Inquiry Q: What qualities make people good citizens?
Relevance and Application: Individual actions can make the community better. For example, people clean up the highways or volunteer in shelters.
Nature of Civics: Responsible community members exist across the globe and participation is influenced by cultural norms.
Effective groups have responsible leaders and team members
Inquiry Q: How do you know if you are a responsible team member?
Nature of Civics: Responsible community members know how to be a good leader and good team member.
Responsible community members advocate for their ideas
The Traveling Sea- Marine Science and Environmental Education, www.travelingsea.com
Based on the needs of the student group (Student Council, Eco-Club, etc.), Eco-Cycle staff will meet with and support students in increasing school-wide knowledge and participation in recycling efforts and environmental awareness. This can be done through discussion, brain-storming sessions, labeling and relocation of waste stations throughout the school, poster-making, and/or presentations and activities.
During this fun activity, students learn about paper recycling by turning their used paper into new paper right there in the classroom! Each student gets to take home their very own piece of hand-made paper!
Students will get a better understanding of the beauty and importance of the forests near us. An animal game teaches about food chains and the interrelationships between animals and plants. Students will also see examples of the many products made from trees, then problem solve ways to keep our forests healthy.
Students will get a better understanding of the beauty and importance of the forests near us. An animal game teaches about food chains and the interrelationships between animals and plants. Students will also see examples of the many products made from trees, then problem solve ways to keep our forests healthy. A papermaking activity will allow students to make the connections between trees, paper and recycling and take their hand-made paper home!
Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Risk module helps students explore the different aspects of environmental and human health risks that affect their everyday lives. Through eight hands-on activities, students analyze, explore, discover, and learn about risk assessment, risk communication, risk perception, and risk management. There are also three special topics that encourage students to apply their knowledge real-life risk issues. Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making are emphasized throughout the module.
The Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Forests module is designed to foster student understanding of- and appreciation for- the forested lands throughout North America. The module’s activities provide an opportunity for hands-on study of forest resources while addressing concepts in biology, civics, ecology, economics, forest management, and other subject areas.
Through the activities found within this module, students examine ecological systems of a forest; analyze interdependencies within a forest ecosystem; and explore factors, such as fire, that shape the development of forests. In addition, they develop critical thinking skills and discover the importance of scientific analysis when making decisions about forest issues.
Through the Exploring Environmental Issues: Municipal Solid Waste module, students begin understanding waste management issues and options. This module uses hands-on experiences to show interrelationships among waste generation, natural resource use, and disposal. The activities guide students through waste management strategies and solutions while providing the necessary tools to make informed decisions and choices on waste management issues.
Developed with preschool educators and early childhood specialists, Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood includes over 130 experiences that engage children in outdoor play and exploration and is specifically designed for educators who work with children ages three to six.
Topics include exploring nature with five senses, meeting neighborhood trees, and experiencing trees through the seasons. An accompanying music CD features songs from children's musician Billy B. Brennan that encourages children to sing, dance, and move.
Learn more about this program in Colorado and see our list of upcoming workshops at www.coloradoplt.org
This annual, week=long institute focus on all things related to fire in Colorado. Wildfire is scientific, fascinating, relevant, emotional and natural. Explore and receive fire activities, kits, trunks, experiments, videos, cds, posters and more. Experience field and research-based activities while learning about fire, insects, and drought from fire and resource professionals. Visit and study fire sites and mitigation efforts and experience inquiry experiments. Ideal for teachers of grades 4-12. This institute is held each year during the summer.
Students will learn the what’s, why’s, how’s of recycling and natural resources through discussion,
engaging visuals, a game and a puppet activity. A papermaking activity will conclude the lesson, reinforcing the connections between resources and recycling and allowing students to take home a hand-made piece of paper as a reminder.
Students will gain a better understanding of the beauty and importance of North American forests beginning with a reading of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. A look at a forest food web will uncover the many ways animals, trees, plants and insects rely on each other to create a functioning ecosystem. The class will brainstorm ways to reduce our use of trees as a natural resource and keep our forests healthy.
Global Connections: Forests of the World provides formal and non-formal educators with a series of activities to help students and educators gain an increased understanding and appreciation of the diversity of world forest environments, with an emphasis on the human interaction with and dependence on those environments.
Global Connections: Forests of the World was developed by Project Learning Tree (PLT) in partnership with the World Forestry Center. The module activities provide students with opportunities to apply scientific processes and higher order thinking skills while investigating world forestry issues and conducting service-learning action projects.
Don’t just recycle – precycle! Students will learn the environmental benefits of reducing waste and compare different product choices found in a typical grocery store. Proper recycling will be covered, along with fun examples of what our old bottles, cans and paper are turned into.