Upcoming Workshops

EARLY CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES

January 16, February 6 & 13, 2015

Adams State College, Alamosa, CO

ECE for Head Start teachers

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EARLY CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES

February 7, 2015

Woodland Park Senior Center, , CO

Grandparents as Environmental Educators

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EARLY CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES

March 12, 2015

Adams State College, Alamosa, CO

Grandparents as Environmental Educators

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PRE-K THROUGH 8

March 14, 2015

Gardens at Spring Creek, Fort Collins, CO

Basic Project Learning Tree Workshop PreK - 8

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PRE-K THROUGH 8

March 14, 2015

Alamosa High School, Alamosa, CO

Basic Project Learning Tree Workshop PreK - 8

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News

CSFS announces new public Grants database

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PLT Tree Activities for Poster Contest – Downloads Available!

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International Recognition for PLT’s Early Childhood Program

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Colorado School Named Green Ribbon School

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Colorado Project Learning Tree: Empowering Educators,

Inspiring Youth


Our 2014 “Free Trees for PLT Teachers”  program was so successful, we are REPEATING IT IN 2015.  (READ about the 2015 application process in the left column.)

10 of 13  of the 2014 tree planting projects have been completed, and the final 3 will be planted next spring. 1500 seedlings were planted in the following communities: Black Forest, Boulder, Canon City, Clark, Colorado Springs, Ft. Collins/Pingree, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Lakewood, Loveland, Tabernash, and Walden.  Spring projects will be in Boulder, Lakewood and Loveland.

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Congratulations!!!  Five Colorado Schools and Youth Programs with $1000 GreenWorks Grants in 2014! 

Bluff Lake Nature Center is a 123-acre wildlife refuge and environmental education center in Denver. Two blocks away, in our watershed, is Isabella Bird Community School (IBCS), a new school with students from neighborhoods with mixed demographic and income profiles. Our project will involve water quality monitoring by students and an adult-facilitated analysis of several options for site restoration work that would improve water quality in Sand Creek, which flows through BLNC. Students from IBCS already visit BLNC to learn environmental science; this project will build on that analysis by actually implementing a restoration project based on monitoring results analysis.

Durango High School has an outdoor greenhouse that is currently unusable. We would like to convert this greenhouse to solar thermal, thus making it useable year round. We will use it in agriculture classes for research, and would like to grow food for our in-house Farm-to-School program. With the solar thermal system, we should be able to raise greens, and vegetables to supply our cafeteria year round.

ReTree Steamboat’s goal is to plant site-specific native species that will help increase the diversity, structure, health and resilience of Routt County’s forests. We also strive to connect the entire community, especially youth, to their local forests. Through the service learning component of the event, we will engage 200 school-age children to plant, water and monitor the newly-planted trees—not only increasing the survival rate of the seedlings but also deepening the understanding, enjoyment, and commitment of youth to the forests that surround them in the Yampa Valley.

Ralston Elementary School- An area with ponderosa pines next to the school has been under-utilized and is in need of beautification. Teachers occasionally bring students out to sit on the sandy ground for classes, and students often run around the area or climb on its rocks while waiting to be picked up. We would like to enhance the site by adding benches for an outdoor classroom in one section, and adding “natural” play structures in another section – made of beetle-kill pine wood. We also plan to plant wildflowers around the perimeter, and to hang bird feeders to improve the habitat for birds.

Sustainable Revolution Longmont’s objective is to create a youth-led, youth-focused, activity-centered Earth Day event on April 22, 2015. It is our belief that the energy, enthusiasm and ideas of the younger generation are critical in the success of a sustainability movement. The 1st Annual Boulder County Youth Earth Day’s mission is to provide a fun, engaging youth-centered event with an opportunity for participants to host booths for demonstration and information, and space for art and music. We will offer a forum to support passionate youth environmental leaders by providing them a way to teach and inspire the entire community. In addition, our event will serve to develop a network of organizations, individuals, and groups who share a common goal of establishing and building a more sustainable approach to living in Boulder County.

The Colorado Tree Coalition is pleased to announce the 2015 statewide 5th grade poster contest!

Entries from each school will be entered into the State contest to compete with other Colorado schools. (One entry per school please.)

The 2015 CTC 5th Grade Poster Contest winning student will be recognized at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver, along with the student’s teacher, family members, local legislators and dignitaries. There will be an enjoyable recognition ceremony at the poster contest display, a tour of the Capitol, followed by a fun lunch within walking distance of the Capitol.

All winning posters from each school will be on display at the State Capitol for one week in April of 2015.

Deadline for the posters is April 6th, 2015.

Visit www.coloradotrees.org for rules and information regarding this program.

***Need some tree and forest activities to help your students create winning posters?

Project Learning Tree (PLT) delivers award-winning environmental education curriculum resources and support that can be integrated into lesson plans for all grades and subject areas. PLT teaches students “how to think, not what to think,” about complex environmental issues, and helps them acquire the skills they need to make sound choices about the environment. Grant funding is available.

While PLT materials are available only at Professional Development workshops there are a few available activities online at: https://www.plt.org/environmental-education-activity-guide.

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Colorado Project Learning Tree envisions a future where citizens of all ages understand, appreciate and responsibly care for our natural world.   We strive to accomplish this by providing science-based information, experiences, materials and activities for educators to share with their learners. Our program is a collaboration of many partners, including the National PLT staff and their national operating committee;  the American Forest Foundation; PLT coordinators and educators from around the country; federal, state and local agencies; environmental and conservation organizations; universities and camps; industries and individuals; school districts; educators; volunteers; and Colorado PLT facilitators and advisors.

Colorado adopted Project Learning Tree in 1976, and The Colorado State Forest Service, a division of the Warner College of Natural Resource at Colorado State University, uses its award-winning and highly acclaimed activities to  help achieve its mission.

 

Bluff Lake Nature Center

 

ReTree Steamboat

The goal of ReTree Steamboat is to plant site-specific native species that will help increase the diversity, structure, health and resilience of Routt County’s forests. We also strive to connect the entire community, especially youth, to their local forests. Through the service learning component of the event, we will engage 200 school-age children to plant, water and monitor the newly-planted trees—not only increasing the survival rate of the seedlings but also deepening the understanding, enjoyment, and commitment of youth to the forests that surround them in the Yampa Valley.

 

Ralston Elementary School

An area with ponderosa pines next to the school has been under-utilized and is in need of beautification. Teachers occasionally bring students out to sit on the sandy ground for classes, and students often run around the area or climb on its rocks while waiting to be picked up. We would like to enhance the site by adding benches for an outdoor classroom in one section, and adding “natural” play structures in another section – made of beetle-kill pine wood. We also plan to plant wildflowers around the perimeter, and to hang bird feeders to improve the habitat for birds.

Sustainable Revolution Longmont

Sustainable Revolution Longmont’s objective is to create a youth-led, youth-focused, activity-centered Earth Day event on April 22, 2015. It is our belief that the energy, enthusiasm and ideas of the younger generation are critical in the success of a sustainability movement. The 1st Annual Boulder County Youth Earth Day’s mission is to provide a fun, engaging youth-centered event with an opportunity for participants to host booths for demonstration and information, and space for art and music. We will offer a forum to support passionate youth environmental leaders by providing them a way to teach and inspire the entire community. In addition, our event will serve to develop a network of organizations, individuals, and groups who share a common goal of establishing and building a more sustainable approach to living in Boulder County.