Operation: Aquatic Studies What lives in the Lake? Get ready to discover just how packed with life our water is with Park Naturalist Nicole Andrus. This hands-on study of water and the creatures that live in it is guaranteed to change the way you look at pond water forever!
Plant Safari Every plant at Barr Lake (native and non-native) has a story. Join Park Naturalists David McElroy or Sue Ellen Kempton for a look at Barr Lake's amazing array of native and non-native plants-how they got here, what they provide for local wildlife, and more.
Hike the trails in search of roots, leaves, flowers and seeds, and investigate the ways plants survive in the wild. Along the way, meet a Ponderosa pine tree, catch hitchhiking seeds and explore the role pollinators play in plant growth.
Children prepare a plant part salad before exploring Plant City. They will choose three plant neighborhoods to visit and discover how plants use their parts to adapt to where they live. Students will receive journals and participate in activities including dissecting cattails, sorting seeds by dispersal methods, and planting seeds!
Explore the effects of mountains and cold weather on our bodies. Activities include measuring correlations of respiratory rate and CO2 output with activity level, environmental conditions, clothing, hydration level, and atmospheric pressure.
This 1 1/2 hour field trip encourages students to identify animals that call City Park home while describing animal adaptations aiding in survival in the urban setting, identifying native and non-native urban animals, investigating wild versus domestic animals, and exploring the effects people and animals have on each other. Pre and post visit packets of activities and information accompany this program.
All communities – urban, suburban, small town, rural – are experiencing growth and change, which has an impact on each community's environment.
Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live provides educators with a useful tool for place-based education to help create a bond between young citizens and their communities. Through eight hands-on activities, students will explore current and future community environmental issues, enabling them to make informed decisions about those issues.
Students will learn the unique adaptations of an owl that allow it to be an efficient night hunter. They also get to dissect an owl "pellet" (this is a type of "fur ball" that an owl can't digest)to investigate the fur and bones of the little critters that owls eat.
Bring Keystone Science School to your classroom! Let the KSS instructors facilitate a single or multi-day experiential education program with your students either at your school or at a nearby public land site. Programs integrate your choice of several field science topics with leadership and teambuilding components. All programs are inquiry-based and designed around current Colorado state standards. Keystone Science School can facilitate in-class activities or take your class outdoors to learn science while snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking or backpacking at a location closer to your school.
The Outdoor Classroom provides metropolitan Denver classrooms with experience-based learning adventures in their school neighborhood and front range locations including Bluff Lake, Mount Falcon, Echo Lake and Highlands Camp in Allenspark. Our focus is on creating community and respect in the classroom while learning about Colorado's natural environment, water quality, the winter environment on snowshoes, and more.
Join the Nature Detectives in solving "The Case of the Unkown Ornithologist" by learning to make & use an identification key. Explore scientific classification& examine some of our neighborhood birds up close.
Join Volunteer Naturalist Jill Parker and examine the bones, pelts, and paws of park residents to discover how each animal functions up and down the food chain to maintain the web of life. As we move down the food chain, native plants become increasingly valuable.
This outdoor-based program is designed to give pre-school age children an opportunity to spend some time enjoying and learning about Nature. Explore the natural world, looking for animals and their tracks Take a short Nature hike. Play simple Nature games. Stories and songs
National Wildlife® magazine uses riveting text and captivating images to educate readers about conservation issues and to explore the latest discoveries affecting the natural world. Its articles place special emphasis on what individuals can do to help solve environmental problems. The magazine is published bimonthly by the National Wildlife Federation, a nonprofit conservation education group.
Listen to an ed-zoo-cational story about how animals interact with their habitats. Learn how and why animals move in different ways through role-playing exercises. Meet and touch live small animals that walk, crawl, slither, and hop