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ESP Open House Presenters

September 11th Groups include:

o   Alliance for Climate Education (ACE), Jessie Fischer

§  Educators visit high schools nationwide and present a dynamic multimedia assembly on climate science and solutions that blends cutting-edge animation, music, and video. The ACE Assembly explains the latest science on climate change causes, consequences, and solutions with a focus on real students who have experienced climate impacts and taken steps to become extraordinary climate leaders. After the ACE Assembly, many students are inspired to take action. ACE's student leadership programs help channel students' creative energy to break through the challenge of climate change. With ACE's support students can: take individual action, cultivate their creative communication skills to share climate science and solutions with their peers and community, work with community-based teams on local solutions, and attend ACE's leadership trainings to deepen their capacity to tackle real-world climate challenges.

o   The Kitchen Community, Dominic Thompson

§  Learning Gardens in schools

o   Keep It Clean Partnership, Kristin Libberton & Mary Ann Nason      

§  We provide education programs and service learning opportunities designed to inform students about storm water pollution prevention.

o   Thorne Nature Experience, Erin Saunders

§  Since 2005, Thorne’s In-School Program has been expanding students’ knowledge in the areas of science and literacy through a three-visit series of lessons that involve interactive explorations, inquiry-based experiments, scientific instruments and specimens, and writing a picture book.

o   The Green Schools Alliance, Curry Rosato

§  Peer to Peer sustainability education and action network, sustainability programs including Green Cup Challenge, Student Climate and Conservation Congress and Student Club Registry (Sc3 Corps)

o   Longmont Power & Communications, Chuck Finleon

§  Longmont Power & Communications has several interactive exhibits that were part of a past museum exhibit and are now available to loan to the School District for educational tools.

o   Center for Resource Conservation, Dan Stellar & Kathy Croasdale

§  CRC runs the ReNew Our Schools competition, offers the garden in a box and provides other water and energy conservation educational materials.

o   Eco-Cycle, Cyndra Dietz

§  Provides a wide range of presentations and field trips for all age levels, including recycling, waste reduction, composting, household hazardous waste, energy conservation, air quality, forestry and more.  Presentations are free through funding from Boulder County and all presenters are professional environmental educators with many years of experience.   Eco-Cycle also offers the Green Star School zero waste program and is accepting new schools for the waiting list.  

 September 19th Groups include:

o   Boulder Valley & Longmont Conservation Districts, Nancy McIntyre & Sylvia Hickenlooper      

§  Our Demonstrations are on water, soils and erosion.  We have a stream table and ground water model that we either bring to the classroom or allow the teacher to use for themselves.  We also do the From Our Lands to Your Hands youth expo in February for the St. Vrain Valley Schools.

o   Boulder County Parks and Open Space, Tiffany Fourment

§  FREE classroom-based and field-based natural science education programs.

o   Cottonwood Institute, Madeline Bachner, Katie Craig

§  We provide curriculum for middle and high school groups that connects students to the natural world and empowers them to make positive change in their schools, communities and environment.  Through our Community Adventure Program (CAP) we use an approach that combines nature awareness and project based, student directed learning to create and implement action projects with the class and provide an overnight camping experience. We can work with groups to create the right schedule and offerings to fit your needs and continue changing the world one adventure at a time!

o   CU Science Discovery, Eric W. Carpenter

§  We offer many courses, workshops and teacher professional development on green energy, green building, sustainability and transportation technology with both inquiry and engineerining options

o   Growing Gardens, Annie Sweeney

§  Growing Gardens is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating community through gardening. The Children's Peace Garden offers spring and fall field trips and classroom visits for preK-5th grade. We utilize engaging, hands-on garden activities to enhance existing science and social studies curriculum. The goals of the Children’s Peace Garden include students learning about local food, organic gardening practices, the importance of biodiversity and community, and reconnecting with the Earth through experiential gardening activities. The field trip and classroom visit themes and activities have been chosen based on the rhythms of the garden growing season in relation to the school year, the goals of the Children’s Peace Garden and the relevance to Colorado Model Content Standards with which each grade level must comply.

o   CO State Forest Service, Shawna Crocker

§  Project Learning Tree Professional Development training for PreK-12th grade teachers

o   Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center, Jill Dreves

§  Wild Bear offers a wide variety of programs to schools/camps, including terrestrial and aquatic studies up at Mud Lake north of Nederland (western Boulder County).  Wild Bear also brings a very interactive and engaging and very popular “Arthropod Zoo” to schools, educating about the insects, spiders, millipedes, centipedes and crustaceans.

o   Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education, Katie Navin

§  As a professional organization for environmental educators, CAEE facilitates communication, cooperation, collaboration, and coordination among the varied environmental education programs in the state.  Through recent survey and focus groups CAEE found the most important online tool to build environmental literacy is a clearinghouse of resources.  So we are getting started right away.  Over 200 resources are already listed on the site.  Resources can be correlated to the New Colorado Academic Standards.  New features and searchability options are being added daily.