Pre/Post Conference Field Trips

Conference In-Person Field Trip Opportunities

 

Join other EE providers at sites around Colorado for some in-person learning and networking! Experience exploring a new site and connect with other practitioners outside of the Virtual Conference. Registration links are provided below to connect you with the field trip host. 

 

Denver Water 

  • September 16 (10am-3pm) Exploring the Dam Environment - participants will explore how Dillon Dam works and the history of Denver Water's environmental cooperation (or lack of cooperation). We will explore the responsibilities of the state's largest water utilities through discussions, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Cost = FREE        Register HERE - Deadline September 14

  • September 23 (10am-3pm) Exploring the Dam Environment - participants will explore Gross Reservoir - how works, how it will expand and the history of Denver Water's environmental cooperation (or lack of cooperation). We will explore the responsibilities of the state's largest water utility through discussions, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Cost = FREE       Register HERE - Deadline September 14

Forest Bathing (Woodland Park) 

  • October 3 (9:30am-12:30pm) Deepen your relationship with the natural world and enjoy the calm and wonder of a guided “forest bathing” walk at beautiful Aspen Valley Ranch in Woodland Park, 30 minutes west of Colorado Springs. Join Catamount Institute volunteer and certified Nature & Forest Therapy guide Jane Scanlon for this mindful, slow wander with simple “invitations” for activities to quiet your mind, awaken your senses and connect closely with nature and others. Different from a naturalist walk or hike, we will cover just over one mile on wooded trails and meadow and close our time with tea made from local plants. Limited to 8 people, we will honor health protocols, including wearing masks until we are safely distanced on the trail. An evidence based wellness practice, forest bathing (from Japanese,”shinrin-yoku”), is growing in popularity throughout Colorado and around the world. Also known as nature and forest therapy, forest bathing encourages spending time in nature in a way that invites healing interactions that serve both people and the environment. Health benefits from forest bathing walks include lowered blood pressure, decreased anxiety & stress hormone levels, increased production of NK immunity boosting blood cells and improved focus & cognitive functioning. Groups such as the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy (https://www.natureandforesttherapy.org) are also building a community of friends and activists who are making a global impact through the practice. As people learn to love the forests - or remember their love of nature - they become more engaged in working for it’s well-being. Discover how forest bathing might enhance your environmental education program!

Cost = Free of charge, with donation requested to Gordon Jackson Foundation

To Register: Email at jane.Scanlon6@gmail.com Deadline is 9/30.

Garden to Table

  • September 15 (3-5pm) - It's harvest time! Join us at one of our school gardens in Boulder County to harvest, learn, network and enjoy the afternoon. We'll give an overview of our school garden support program, demonstrate some of our standards-based science lessons, brainstorm ways to engage students in outdoor learning in all content areas, and do a little weeding (optional) while we get to know our peers.

Cost = $10; Participants should be comfortable walking around and working in a garden setting. Shade and refreshments will be provided. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves if you have them.

REGISTER HERE

Pueblo Zoo

  • September 19-25th - CAEE conference attendees are welcome to participate in a special scavenger hunt on the zoo grounds and receive information about Pueblo Zoo educational programs any day during the week between September 19th - 25th.  Education Staff will be available to discuss programming. Come on down to the Pueblo Zoo!!

Cost = $12 admission     REGISTER BY EMAIL -  acasey@pueblozoo.org 

Dinosaur Ridge

  • September 19 (9:00-11:30am) Walk with a Geologist - Join a professional geologist for a tour of Dinosaur Ridge–a 2½-hour walk and discussion of the geology and changes of the Denver area through time. This walk begins at the Dinosaur Ridge Main Visitor Center, 16831 W. Alameda Parkway. You will be transported by shuttle bus from the Visitor Center to the west side of Dinosaur Ridge for a 1½-mile walk back. The first quarter-mile of the walk gains approximately 100 feet of elevation. The remaining 1¼ miles of the walk is downhill. At this time, all participants must wear a mask (dinosaur-themed masks available for purchase in our gift shop!).

Cost = $15 includes shuttle ride and admission to Trek through Time exhibit hall

REGISTER HERE