Friday, July 15, 2016

Dendrochronology Study Discussion: Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center

Scientist to Discuss Discoveries from Local Tree Study
2,000-Year-Old Trees Growing on Pennsylvania Mountain

Thanks to support from the South Park National Heritage Area, Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center personnel and volunteers along with faculty from the University of Missouri Tree Ring Laboratory collected and processed dendrochronology samples taken at Beaver Ponds and on Pennsylvania Mountain in 2015.  

On Pennsylvania Mountain, most of the trees cored were estimated to be between 500 and 2000 years old.  Of the 23 bristlecone pines sampled over half showed increased growth over the past 100 years.  Why there is an increase in growth over this time period is not clearly understood, but it could be due to increased temperatures or increased concentrations of CO2 due to climate change.

Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center Executive Director Kevin Hosman and Dr. Michael Stambaugh will be presenting a talk about these discoveries at 7 p.m. on July 28th at Beaver Ponds, 2234 Busch Run Road, Fairplay, CO 80440.  The event is free and open to the public.  

For more information, please contact: 
Kelly Voss, Director of Development
Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center
kvoss@beaverponds.org
(262)989-6215 
or go to www.beaverponds.org for more information.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Internship Announcement

Schools and Outdoor Learning Environments (SOLE) Intern

Schools and Outdoor Learning Environments (SOLE) is a program designed to connect 4th grade classrooms in 40 schools across Colorado to local field trip opportunities and connect their families to the outdoors.

Start & End Date: September 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017
Pay Rate: $10-$12/hour, 40 hours per week, mostly Monday-Friday with some weekends, evenings, and overnight travel
Location: Statewide Education, Partnerships and Volunteers Office, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216

The SOLE Intern will be responsible for:

  • Participating in field trip experiences as a staff photographer and blog contributor.
  • Participating in delivery of education programming at Family Nature Nights, other family events, and assist with programming in the classroom.  
  • Gathering and managing evaluation data from program participants.
  • Assisting SOLE staff in all aspects of program implementation.
Deadline for applications is July 15th, 2016, or at 50 applicants.  Email resume and cover letter to wildlife.project.wild@state.co.us to apply.  

Monday, June 20, 2016

Check Out a State Park Pass and Backpack at Colorado Libraries

This program is a partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, State Library, local library systems, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. It is meant to encourage Coloradans to visit our State Parks and experience all of the great outdoor recreation that this state has to offer.
Library backpack and pass
Starting June 20, 2016, libraries across the state are offering two "Check Out State Parks" passes, each for distribution with an activity backpack containing binoculars, brochures and other educational materials to library patrons.​

Colorado Parks and WildlifeThe park pass is good for entry into any Colorado State Park for up to seven days.  The pass is a hang tag for the rear view mirror and must be visible in the library patron's car.​​  The pass does not give any discounts for camping, programs, licenses, etc.​​​  The backpack includes binoculars, a wildlife viewing guide, a tree and wildflower identification guide, a park brochure, suggested activities list and the Leave No Trace outdoor ethics principles.

For more information visit this link, or check the Participating Libraries List to find a library near you!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

2016 International Jr. Foresters' Competition

Image result for us forest serviceThe U.S. Forest Service International Programs is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for young adults interested in Forestry, Natural Resources, and Environmental Science!  The International Jr. Foresters’ Competition is an annual event hosted by Russian Federal Forestry Agency (RFFA) to promote and reward young scientists for their interest and efforts in the environmental field, as well as to encourage international dialogue about forestry issues. The 2016 competition will take place in in early September (September 4 – 9), and will include time for sightseeing in and aroundSt. Petersburg, Russia. The competition, which runs a bit like a science fair, is open to young adults between the ages of 14-22. Projects will be presented to an international panel of judges to compete for public recognition and valuable prizes.  Projects that students have already completed for local science fairs or college courses can easily be adapted to the required format.
The USA participated in this event for the first time in 2012, and our student representatives won 3rd place in the overall competition. Click here to learn more about their experience: http://blogs.usda.gov/2012/10/17/us-teens-win-third-prize-at-international-jr-foresters%E2%80%99-competition/.

The U.S. Forest Service International Programs office will provide 1-2 scholarships to cover international travel for qualified applicants who have completed one project (projects can be submitted by one individual student or by teams of two students).  To compete for these scholarships, the deadline for submission of projects to the US Forest Service International Programs office is July 8th, 2016. U.S. Forest Service will also provide travel support and coordinate all logistical details of the students’ journey.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Jennifer Smith or Jacob Minor before applying to learn the latest information and confirm the application process. Feel free to contact Ms. Smith or Mr. Minor at any point with questions or concerns.

Distance Learning Position Opening at RMNP

Ever want to work in a National Park? Do you have solid geek skills and a formal education background to be able to walk in off the street and be able to:

-web author in a content management system
-develop, set up, and run distance learning content for presentation on such platforms as a portable rear-projection screen, Webex, Google Hangouts, Skpe, etc. 
-set up and administer a Learning Management System such as Blackboard
-use design and editing software such as Adobe InDesign and Elements
-use and guide others in the use of a Promethean board
-correlate and/or design curriculum to Colorado state academic standards, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards

If so, Rocky Mountain National Park will be advertising a term Education Technician position starting on Tues. June 14 on https://www.usajobs.gov

The position is project based and will last at least 13-months, extendable up to 4-years with full benefits. The salary starts at about $43k per year.

This position is part of a very motivated and widely recognized non-formal education team, considered one of the best in the National Park Service. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Seed: An Art Exhibition Inspired by the Beginning of Everything


Curated by Lee Lee, this exhibition explores the duality of seeds in the world today; examining issues of current trends in industrialized agriculture, as well as inviting viewers to experience the potential expressed by seeds through a wide range of mediums. This project is a 'dispersal' of the work accomplished by SEED Taos & includes artists spanning the regions between Albuquerque to Boulder

The SEED Taos Facebook can be found here

Immersive Colorado Education Summit: August 23-26

CfP - Call for Colorado Immersive Education Summit Participation

Immersive Colorado - Immersive Education Summit logo - Immersive Learning and Immersive TeachingCome and join the upcoming Immersive Colorado - Immersive Education Summit in Denver and La Junta this coming August 23 - 26!  
Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site is involved with an Immersive Education project.  In partnership with the Immersive Education Initiative (based at Boston College), Otero Junior College and East Otero School District (La Junta), students have constructed a virtual Bent's Fort in the video game, Minecraft.  This will be one of the featured presentations at an Immersive Education Summit to be held at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and in La Junta this coming August.    

For more information and for registration details, click here.