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Wildlife Camera Snapshots

A camera trap planted at the CSU ELC has caught some critters! Can you spot them all? Many thanks to Chris Schell, Ashley Gramza, and the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology for providing us with these amazing pictures. 

E-Camp registration is now open!

Registration for E-Camp is now open! We will be adventuring in nature, developing our outdoor skills, and working on personal development, all while enjoying the company of our friends. This Spring we will be learning snowshoeing and winter skills, outdoor skills and leadership, mountain biking and enjoying an overnight at the ELC. Our Summer E-Camp program will even include an overnight trip at CSU’s Mountain Campus!

Visit http://www.csuelc.org/e-camp/ for more information and to register.

ELC news and staff bonding!

Hello there! We here at the Environmental Learning Center are excited for another year of outdoor fun.

The ELC staff spent last weekend on a retreat at Red Feather Lakes. We had a great time bonding over broomball on the frozen lake and eating delicious food. We left feeling motivated and re-energized for our many upcoming programs,

Come say hello tomorrow (January 28th) between 10 and 4 at Bath Garden Center and Nursery, where we will have an activity booth at their annual Bird Festival. Hope to see you there!

New Year’s Resolution

As we approach the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, we at the Environmental Learning Center are thinking about New Year’s resolutions. As we reflect on the past year, we reaffirm our mission to connect people with nature. We achieve this mission by providing school field trips, scout programs, school out day camps, after school programs and summer day camps. Through these programs, we reached nearly 5,000 people in 2016!

In 2017, our overall goal is to continue providing quality environmental education programs to the community. We aim to steadily grow our summer camp program, increase connections with local schools and school teachers, and increase free and reduced-cost opportunities to under-served and low-income schools. Perhaps our most ambitious undertaking, we will seek ways to effectively engage middle and high school aged youth in environmental education, groups that often fall through the cracks in environmental education.

We at the ELC are committed to being a valuable community resource for many years to come. Please consider making a year-end, tax deductible donation to help us achieve our goals for 2017.

Whatever your New Year’s resolutions are, we hope they include spending more time outside and connecting with nature. See you all in 2017!

 

Happy Winter!

Happy first day of winter! We at the Environmental Learning Center love this time of year because we can spot lots of animals tracks in the snow. Winter is also the perfect time to spot some critters that are harder to spot the rest of the year, like mink, or animals that migrate here for the season, like Canada geese!

If you are looking for some outdoor adventure this winter, remember that our 212 acre property is open every day of the year from dawn to dusk, free of charge. Do you have family visiting from out of state? Bring them to the ELC for a short hike, you may spot some white tail deer!

We would also like to express our gratitude for all of your support throughout the year and we look forward to seeing you again in the new year!

 

Holiday Nature Crafts

Looking to get into the holiday spirit? Bring your kiddos and join us for our annual Holiday Nature Crafts event on Saturday, December 10th from 10:00am-2:00pm. This day of paper snowflakes, homemade ornaments, and other crafted winter wonders is free for members and $5 per child for non-members. Stay and craft with your kiddo at the CSU Lory Student Center or drop them off to take care of some holiday shopping! RSVP here.
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Families About Nature (FAN) Day

We are big fans of families in nature! Join us this Saturday, November 5th from 10am-1pm to enjoy free activities with your family on the trails at the Environmental Learning Center.

Activities will include a wildlife ID scavenger hunt, miniature raft building, arts and crafts and much, much more! We’ll finish up the day with a pizza lunch provided for all participants.

Please click here to RSVP so we can be sure to have enough fun and food to go around!

Celebrating One Year: Revisiting the Laramie Foothills Bison Herd

Have you ‘herd’? It has been one year since the Laramie Foothills Bison Herd release at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Red Mountain Open Space! As part of Native American Heritage Month, the Laramie Foothills Conservation Project team will be sharing updates on the herd and plans for the future. Get the latest scoop on the Laramie Foothills Bison herd and hoof it on over to Avogadro’s Number on November 1st from 5-6:30 p.m.

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Photo courtesy of the Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation Herd.

 

For more information on the Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation Herd, click here.

To find out more about the November 1st event at Avogadro’s Number, check out the event page on Facebook.

Alien Invasion at the ELC Continues!

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Our October Great School Escapes had our Martian Scientists once again delving into Earth’s oddities and resources. This go around, the Aliens literally explored the Earth! The interstellar scientists searched for secrets in soil and discovered the fun that can be had by digging in dirt. The Martians also spent a day with our planet’s most bizarre inhabitants: insects! The invaders investigated how such itty bitty individuals are so important and learned how to identify a proper insect. Tune in in November to hear more about the Alien investigators!

 

Alien Scientists Investigate Water at the Great School Escape

Last Friday, K-5 students came out to the ELC to join us for the first Great School Escape of the semester.

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Students transformed into Martian scientists and, joining an alien pod, investigated the strange earthly substance called water. Following the different missions assigned by the Martian queen, the students investigated the properties of water and the creatures that depend on it.

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Students looked at water in its solid, liquid, and gaseous forms, examined plants and wildlife that thrive both in and near the river, and explored how water shapes the land.

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Overall, the alien scientists’ mission was successful and they returned home to share their new knowledge of earth with the Martian queen. When the students return for more alien missions, we will investigate insects, earthen matter, and how to report data about planet Earth.

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