Plains to the Park

"All things must change to something new, to something strange."

Students and teachers from Westview Middle School work with scientists from Rocky Mountain National Park and Rangers from Button Rock Preserve to collect data as part of a research program hosted by The Estes Park Environmental Center and St. Vrain Valley Schools.

Main Focus: Use motion activated cameras to document what animals live here, and learn from it.

Look at collected data over many years from students in this program:

See pictures of what we do and meet our students!

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This is a STEM program from Westview Middle School, located in Longmont, Colorado, part of St. Vrain Valley Schools. Our school is located on the very western edge of the Great Plains. You can see Long's Peak rising behind our building. Long's peak is the highest point in Rocky Mountain National Park. Button Rock Preserve is located about half way between our school and Rocky Mountain National Park. This might help you understand the name of our program: Plains to the Park.

Most of the work is done during the summer and on weekends, but we also meet during school as part of a regularly scheduled STEM class.