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NEW WILD Colorado


Hello! The Back to School ads have already started, but summer isn't over yet! There are some amazing professional development opportunities still available to you before the school year begins. Check out the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Upcoming Workshops page.


Also, check out the resources and training opportunities below. Anytime that you have professional development opportunities and resources 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

The Birds and the Bees and the Flowers and the Trees!

Upper Arkansas Teaching Environmental Science Naturally (TEN) August 6th-9th


TEN (Teaching Environmental Science Naturally) is a 3 1/2-day environmental education course emphasizing outdoor classroom experiences at several sites in Chaffee, Lake, and Park Counties.

More than just science, the Upper Arkansas TEN program provides activities and information about the natural and cultural 

students. Workshop activities include:


Monday, August 6, 2012: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Salida Water Conservancy District

Registration, course requirements, orientation

Insects, bees, the good and the bad...


Tuesday, August 7, 2012: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. meet at the

Buena Vista Middle School parking lot.

Flower Power Day!

Is that plant edible, medicinal, good or bad? It is time to

find out...


Wednesday, August 8, 2012: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. meet at the Buena Vista Town Park Pavilion.

This day is for the BIRDS!

Pueblo Raptor Center presentation

Local Falconer report

To the hills! In search of birds and flowers!


Thursday, August 9, 2012: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Final day: wrap up, projects due

Project day making "stuff" from nature.


TWO Recertification credits are available through Colorado School of Mines for attendance at this workshop. Download the .pdf registration form for more details and registration! (Registration deadline extended to August 1st)

Free Guide to enhance your Sheltered English Instruction Techniques

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Second language learners are a significant part of the school-age population in Colorado. These students achieve more when their classroom teachers are trained in concepts and techniques that encourage success in second language learners.


Colorado Project WILD and Project Learning Tree have teamed up with Sheltered Instruction experts Dr. Nancy Commins and Rafael Salgado to bring you a new resource to help shelter instruction using WILD and PLT materials. Watch for the workshop announcements for the next 2-day workshop at Cal-Wood Education Center where you will put these practices to use. In the meantime, check out the .pdf of the Sheltered Instruction Guide.

Free 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 Noon Mountain Time and last approximately 60-90 minutes depending on the topic. All webinars will be recorded and available for later viewing. To receive notices about upcoming webinars, email lmaclean@fishwildlife.org.



Finding out what is going on in nature takes skills - and the AFWA Conservation Education Strategy provides the resources to develop those skills. Using the Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills and the Field Investigation: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Processes guides will help you teach the skills needed to observe nature, ask questions about the natural world and investigate the answers to those questions.

Instructors Tabbi Kinion and Justin Marschall will give you a brief overview of the resources and exercise your outdoor observation and questioning skills while sitting at your computer. Tabbi is the Educator Outreach Coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Justin is an Information/Education Specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. REGISTER


Upcoming topics: 

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 Opportunities Year of the Bat  
Celebrate the Year of the Bat by learning more about bats!


Save the date for an electronic field trip that 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 - join this 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
Birds, Bees, Flowers, Trees
Sheltered English
Bat Education
Education Coordinators

Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers

Visit the Workshop Listing Page to find out about all of the
From week-long classes in the mountains to Early Childhood workshops in your neighborhood, 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