The CASE program offers a variety of approaches to experiential science learning for school groups at Keystone Science School's historic campus or natural areas throughout Colorado. Through its partnerships with public and private schools, KSS brings science alive through informal investigations and research projects that incorporate innovative teaching and hands-on learning. Staff members work closely with teachers to ensure that their KSS experience aligns with classroom curriculum as well as state and district standards. The result is an unforgettable experience studying any one of the School's curriculum choices in earth and snow science, aquatics and forest ecology or various environmental issues as well as astronomy. Welcoming close to 4,000 students each year, the CASE program serves as a unique and unforgettable educational resource for schools across the country.
Integrate nature into your classroom...An ACES educator visits preschool fifth grade classrooms, providing an hour of exciting, interactive, hands-on science learning. Choose from a variety of topics under the following grade level themes: Kindergarten: Nature in your Backyard First Grade: Exploring the Seasons Second Grade: Diversity of Life: Plant and Animal Lifestyles and Adaptations Third Grade: Community Connections, Naturalists in the Classroom Fourth Grade: Elements of Life.
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) has provided educational programs for schools and youth groups since 1975. ACES' experienced education staff makes more than 20,000 student contacts annually. ACES programs are designed to support teachers and students in meeting science, geography and math content standards. Ecological concepts form the foundation of ACES' programs which blend scientific inquiry with hands-on exploration and creative expression to accommodate all learning styles. ACES partners with over 30 schools in the Roaring Fork Valley providing field programs as well as partners with the Aspen School District to provide daily environmental education classes to Aspen Elementary School students.
FIELD TRIPS available at ACES' 25-acre Hallam Lake Nature Preserve or the 115-acre Rock Bottom Ranch Wildlife Preserve or other natural settings. TOPICS INCLUDE: beavers, trees, elk, owls, insects, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, naturalist skills, natural community members, animal tracking, habitat, food chains, predator-prey, wetlands, endangered species, water, energy, geology, soil, journaling, ranch history, traditional dance and music, traditional arts, wild farming and more!
Invite your students and their parents to participate in a special evening of storytelling and observation at one of ACES' nature preserves. Programs include: Beaver Tales, Owl Prowl, Creepy Crawlies, Wonders of Wetlands, Sky Watchers and Sunset Exploration.
Do you know students interested in gaining first-hand experience with live animals, stewardship projects, naturalist skills, environmental education or wildlife rehabilitation? ACES offers an apprenticeship program throughout the year to qualified students. Program length, days and location vary depending on student needs. Contact the education department for more information about how students can get involved.(Middle and High School students)
The EE Institute is a professional development course designed to actively involve educators in facilitating the investigation and evaluation of environmental issues with their learners. The institute models a variety of EE strategies to assist learners in exploring and seeking responsible courses of action toward the resolution of environmental issues specific to their community.
Thu, 2012-06-14 09:00 - 17:00
100 Puppy Smith St
Aspen, CO81611United States39° 11' 47.148" N, 106° 49' 19.4592" W
Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education - CAEE
The Time Capsule is a traveling educational kit containing books, props, maps, photographs and posters. The teacher's guide contains 12 hands-on, interdisciplinary activities that trace the history of the Refuge, from native prairie, to farming, to industry, to National Wildlife Refuge. It's all here - the story of a unique place and its inhabitants!
A 35 -45 minute outside EE discussion and activity for grades 2-6th with capability to adapt "lecture" information and activity to other locations and modified text. Group discussion is about local geology with rock samples. Activity involves 9 students (each time)demonstrating 9 periods along a timeline from planet's beginning to today. Great to follow this with an age appropriate hike.
The Colorado EE Resource Review Plan defines a model for a statewide review system for environmental education (EE) resources. At both the state and national level, EE Material reviews were published most recently in 1998 by the National Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in The Environmental Education Collection: A Review of Resources for Educators, Volumes 1-3. Since that initial review period, EE providers have not had materials or programs reviewed or the reviews published. To fill this void, the Colorado EE Advisory Council decided to develop the following process. The overarching goals have implications for several related elements of EE design and delivery, including: quality-assurance mechanisms; marketability of EE programs; program integrity; leadership development; and credibility and value of EE in Colorado. The following are the basics steps involved in this review process: 1) Submitter provides self-review analysis of resource. 2) Three trained reviewers analyze the resource, verifying or rejecting claims of submitter. 3) Submitter is notified of results; decides whether or not review is to be made public. 4) Results made available to the public through Program Profiles on EE Information Clearinghouse.
Embark on a journey of excellence! Excellence has no end-point. There is always the next step to take, the next small improvement that you can make, the next new idea to be imagined, the next enhancement you can create. Challenge yourself! Your clients and learners deserve the best you can give. Have you challenged yourself to produce the best environmental education (EE) programs or materials possible? Are you building excellence into your design of EE resources? Why not assess how your EE programs/materials stack up according to the national guidelines for excellence? Now is your chance take the challenge of excellence renew, refresh, reinvigorate your EE program/materials. Discover untapped potential in your EE resources and in yourself!
Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education - CAEE
Create a science program that fits your schedule and teaching interests by choosing shorter evening and weekend programs throughout the year. Enjoy in-depth, hands-on exploration of the wildlife and ecosystems along the South Platte River. Over the course of 1 full year you may select at least 15 contact hours of classes to receive 1 credit toward your certification. For more information, please call or email Skot Latona at 303-730-1022x11
South Platte Park offers this field trip to school classes and other large groups interested in discovering how the pieces of a nature's jigsaw puzzle fit together to create an ecosystem. Students use an interactive river model then hike to explore a real river ecosystem. They seek out clues of the food web, report to each other about the non-living components, and watch natural processes change an ecosystem. The program in ~2 hours long and geared toward 3rd-5th grade learners.
State Standards covered include: erosion concepts, abiotic and biotic interactions, and habitat comparisons. All learning is inquiry-based and hands-on!
Meet an incredible live bird of prey and discover the adaptive tools raptors have to be successful predators in their environment. Then dissect owl pellets in a hands-on lab to scientifically explore raptor diets.