Interactive discussion regarding the physical characteristics and behaviors that help raptors survive in their habitats. Depending upon the audience, presentations may include a slide show. Most presentations include use of props (feathers, pellets, etc.) and our Education Ambassadors (permanently disabled birds of prey).
Ranger Rick magazine is a favorite with kids ages 7-12. From ocean floors to mountain tops, from arid deserts to tropical jungles, Ranger Rick leads kids to wild discoveries and mind-stretching fun. Each issue is packed with powerful photos, animal features, amazing facts, fun games, riddles and activities that kids love. Awarded a Parent's Choice Gold Award and Child's Media Award in 1999 and 2003, as well as a 2004 EdPress Distinguished Achievement Award for Best Feature for Children, Ranger Rick is a favorite with parents and teachers too.
Venture to the tropical rainforests to learn how the characteristics of jungle plants and animals help them to survive in the forest's layers. Discuss the preservation of the rainforest's precious natural resources and measure the amount of rain that falls in a tropical forest while defining the region's exceptional characteristics.
Enjoy exploring your neighborhood wetlands and discover who calls Bluff Lake home! Using Project WILD, explore the world of plants and animals thriving in an aquatic habitat. Participants tour Bluff Lake, receive valuable resources and encounter science in the liveliest manner possible! .5 credits are available from the Colorado School of Mines.
All of the activities from these activity guides are briefly described in this database (to see a full listing, do a program keyword search for "Project WILD"). The Project WILD and Aquatic WILD Activity Guides are full of activities that provide information, help students evaluate choices, and make reasonable decisions. Activities are science-based and require simple, easily obtained materials. These activity guides can only be obtained by attending an 8-hour Teacher Workshop.
Develop awareness, appreciation, skills, and commitment to address environmental issues. Provide a framework to apply scientific processes and higher order thinking skills to resolve environmental problems. Acquire an appreciation and tolerance of diverse viewpoints on environmental issues and develop attitudes and actions based on analysis and evaluation of the available information. Encourage creativity, originality, and flexibility to resolve environmental problems and issues. Inspire and empower students to become responsible, productive, and participatory members of society.
The Project Learning Tree (PLT) Environmental Education Activity Guide contains over 90 activities that were rigorously evaluated in classrooms with pre- and post- knowledge tests. Activities are science-based and require simple, easily obtained materials. This activity guide and the secondary modules can only be obtained by attending an 8-hour Teacher Workshop. To Learn more about Project Learning Tree in Colorado and see our list of upcoming workshops, visit www.coloradoplt.org
Introduction to Renewable Energy is a free online course for those who wish to learn the basics of renewable energy - including where it is found, how we can harvest it for use in our homes and how it can help ease pressures on the environment. You will not become an expert through this course, but you will get to know renewable energy in its many forms - helping you to decide whether solar, wind or other technologies are right for you.
This course is written at a high-school level and aimed at the general population. It has been used in classrooms - we recommend that teachers run through the whole course before beginning with a class. It is made up of ten lessons, each containing readings, exercizes, a quiz and an open discussion forum. Your work will be saved as you go and you can return to it later for up to six weeks after you register.
1. Why Renewable Energy?
2. Conservation & Efficiency
3. Green Building
4. Solar Thermal
5. Solar Electricity
6. Wind Power
8. Other Renewable Energy
9. Renewable Energy for the Developing World
10. Economics of Renewable Energy
Educators attending this summer workshop will learn about the impacts that our energy use has on the planet and how to best teach youth about solutions: energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies. Each day will include hands-on elements that can be employed in the classroom. In addition, participants will walk away with practical knowledge that they can apply in their own lives. Integrating renewable energy education into youth development can provide an element of excitement for science education and hope for the future.
Hands-on activities include feeling energy efficiency through an energy-generating bicycle and hand-crank, building and using simple solar ovens, designing passive solar homes, wiring solar cells and measuring solar electrical output, powering DC toys and water pumps with photovoltaics, racing solar racecars and competing with wind turbine blade designs. Lesson plans, pedagological approaches and effective messaging for youth are discussed throughout. This workshop is always a hoot and it's an excellent way to network with other energy-conscious educators.
Teachers and non-formal educators of all K-12 students are encouraged to attend. This workshop is accredited through Mesa State College for 2 graduate-level credit hours.
Students study the amazing adaptations of bats and their Colorado ecosystems!
Visit 1: Students learn about bat’s peculiar bodies, and how these flying mammals survive in Colorado. We’ll look specifically at echolocation and bat’s predator/prey relationships with other animals.
Visit 2: Students experience the lives of bats through games and learn the components of their ecosystems.
Visit 3: Students write a student-authored eBook about bats- in print for each student!
Grades K-2 Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 3.1, 3.5; Grades 3-5 Standards: 3.1, 3.4, 3.7
Students study plants, photosynthesis, and plant/insect relationships!
Visit 1: Students will learn the parts of a plant and the role of each. Specifically, they will study pollination and seed dispersal.
Visit 2: The classroom becomes a photosynthesis factory, while students learn how it works in a fun, energetic game.
Visit 3: Students write a student-authored eBook about plants- in print for each student!
Grades K-2 Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 3.1, 3.5; Grades 3-5 Standards: 1.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4
Students study Colorado animals and what they eat and discover how energy flows through a food chain.
Visit 1: Students look at skulls and scat and find clues about what each animal eats. They’ll learn the difference between herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores.
Visit 2: The classroom will become a Colorado food chain in an interactive game that teaches that energy is passed from the sun up to the top predators in a food chain.
Visit 3: Students write a student-authored eBook about food chains- in print for each student!
Grades K-2 Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 3.1, 3.5; Grades 3-5 Standards: 1.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 5.2; Grade 6-8 Standards: 3.8, 3.11
Students investigate the incredible world of insects and study the life of honey bees!
Visit 1: Students learn how the physical characteristics of an insect enable them to be the most successful animal on Earth. They’ll discover the interdependence of insects and plants and their importance to our world.
Visit 2: The classroom becomes a honey bee hive, in an exciting game that teaches pollination, cooperation, and the genius life of these social insects!
Visit 3: Students write a student-authored eBook about insects and bees- in print for each student!
Grades K-2 Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5; Grades 3-5 Standards: 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.7
Students learn where our electricity comes from-coal, and how wind energy can be an alternative!
Visit 1: Students learn the traditional electricity chain from coal and how much energy it takes to create energy this way.
Visit 2: Students discover how wind energy works and experiment with mini wind turbines.
Visit 3: Students write a student-authored eBook about wind energy- in print for each student!
Grades 3-5 Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 2.5, 2.6, 2.8, 4.3, 4.8, 5.1, 5.2; Grades 6-8 Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.6, 2.8, 2.9, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.5
Earth and Sun provide a diversity of renewable and nonrenewable resources
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
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
Students learn about greenhouse gases, human influences, and our changing climate.
Visit 1: Students learn that greenhouse gases are necessary for life on earth as we know it.
Visit 2: Students learn about the fuels that power modern life and how people, even kids, can change things for the better.
Visit 3: Students write a student-authored eBook about climate change- in print for each student!
Grades 3-5 Standards: 1.1, 1.4, 2.5, 4.3, 4.4, 5.5; Grades 6-8 Standards: 1.1, 1.4, 2.8, 3.11, 4.2, 4.7, 5.2, 5.5
Just the mention of some of their names will bring chills to even some of the manliest men in the west. Come join the Lathrop's GOCO Interpreter, Jonathan Kelly for an interactive slide show on some of the predators that can be seen in Colorado and most of the Rocky Mountain States. Learn some interesting facts about some of the meanest and most feared animals of the West, some ways to identify them, and some false truths related to them.
Prairie Preschool Companions is a weekly non-formal, environmental education program for children ages 3-5 with a parent or another adult. By providing multiple experiences in a natural environment, young children have the opportunity to begin building a relationship with the natural world and begin their journey towards becoming an environmentally literate citizen.