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May 2012                                Like us on Facebook

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NEW WILD Colorado


Hello! School is almost over and the Summer Educator Workshop season is fast approaching. Everyday we are adding new, fun opportunities to the Upcoming Workshops page.


Colorado Parks and Wildlife is also happy to share opportunities and events for you and your family to enjoy this summer. Visit our Get Outdoors Page for fun outdoor adventures.


Of course, if you have anything to share with educators across the state, please submit it to us at wildlife.projectwild@state.co.us 


Thank you,

Tabbi Kinion

Educator Outreach Coordinator 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

 Congratulations Schools!

We would like to congratulate the 2012 Schoolyard Habitat Grant Award winners:

Mackintosh Academy

Greenwood K-8

Custer County Middle School

Pinnacle Charter School


These schools have their students getting hands-on to improve wildlife habitat and their outdoor classroom spaces at their buildings. Great proposals and great projects!


We're working with the Colorado Wildlife Heritage Program to strengthen the Schoolyard Habitat Grant program for 2013 - stay tuned for some exciting changes! In the meantime, you can always find out more about the WILD Colorado Schoolyard Habitat Program.



 Get Outdoors Colorado!
 National Get Outdoors Day is June 9th

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Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day on June 9th in a community near you! Visit www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org or like National Get Outdoors Day on Facebook for information about events across Colorado and the United States.


In the Denver Area, the Get Outdoors Colorado team is inviting 10,000 of our closest friends(including you!) to Denver City Park between 10am-3:30pm to experience the outdoors. More than 70 organizations will be there to guide you through (free) outdoor adventures - boating, fishing, biking, junior ranger camp, skiing simulator, entertainment, food vendors and many more fun, hands-on experiences.


Conservation Education Webinars
The North American Conservation Education Strategy is proud to offer a series of free, interactive webinars on the 4th Wednesday of each month in 2012 to discuss the many Education resources available.

Webinars begin at 2 pm EST and last approximately 60-90 minutes depending on the topic. All webinars will be recorded and available for later viewing (on AFWA's Vimeo channel). To receive notices about upcoming webinars, email lmaclean@fishwildlife.org.

Webinar Schedule:

5/23: K-12 Conservation Scope & Sequence
Dr. Judy Silverberg from New Hampshire Fish & Game discusses this educator's guide to sequential learning about fish and wildlife in terms of content standards and performance expectations for K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grade bands in the areas of science, social science, and health and fitness.

6/27: America's Wildlife--Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

7/25: Outdoor Investigations

8/22: Outdoor Skills Education in Schools

9/26: Evaluating Conservation Education Programs

10/24: Landscape Investigations and Project-based Learning

11/28: Connecting Kids with Nature

Bat Education OpportunitiesYear of the Bat 
Celebrate the Year of the Bat by learning more about bats!


May 3, 7-8:30 p.m. ET - Bat Education in the Classroom and Field - experts will provide educators with lessons and activities to use in the classroom and in the field. Presenters include: Rob Mies, founder and executive director of the Organization for Bat Conservation, and Dennis Krusac, endangered species specialist with the USDA Forest Service-Region 8.To register, go to http://online.nwf.org/site/Calendar?id=105902&view=Detail



Classrooms can join BatsLIVE on Thursday, May 17, 2012, for a live electronic field trip about bats. The webcast is free to all schools and is geared to students in grades 4 to 8. Classrooms can participate by sending in questions to be answered by experts. There will be a link on the homepage on the day of the event for you to access the webcast. The program will be webcast from 11 a.m. to Noon Mountain Time. http://batslive.pwnet.org/webcast/index.php


Also, save the date for an electronic field trip will be held live on September 18, 2012, at the Bracken Bat Cave near San Antonio, Texas, which is the summer home of the world's largest bat colony. As millions of bats emerge from the cave, watch the live program from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Mountain Time. http://batslive.pwnet.org/webcast/index.php



October 11- Caves and Karst - webinar to learn about cave and karst topography. Presenters include: Cynthia Sandeno, National Cave and Karst Coordinator for the USDA Forest Service; Carol Zokaites, chief of environmental education for Virginia State Parks and national coordinator of Project Underground; and Dr. Rick Toomey, director of the Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning.

To register, go to http://online.nwf.org/site/Calendar?id=105903&view=Detail



October 20 - WILD about Bats Educator Workshop - Colorado Parks and Wildlife Headquarters in Denver, 8:30am-5pm 

In this in-person workshop, discover the amazing world of bats in this fun, interactive educator workshop. See live bats UP CLOSE and in person, learn about the amazing biology of these critters and the challenges these ecologically important creatures are facing. Take home activity materials and fun bat resources for your classroom, nature center, or home school setting. Registration is $25 and teachers can opt in for Colorado School of Mines re-certification credit for an additional fee.

In This Issue
Get Outdoors Day
Bat Education
Education Coordinators
 Summer Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers

Visit the Workshop Listing Page to find out about all of the
From Summer Institutes to Early Childhood workshops, there are fun, engaging opportunities for educators coming up!
Contact Your Regional Education Coordinator for support or to scheduled your in-service training

Resources, workshops, ideas and presentations. Contact your local Colorado Parks and Wildlife Regional Education Coordinator for support!



Tabbi Kinion
Educator Outreach Coordinator
Colorado Parks and Wildlife