Education


Great opportunities abound to become involved in important, on-the-ground wildlife habitat projects and in other types of learning about wildlife.


Workshops:

CWF has offered workshops to help teach about the threat climate change poses to Colorado's fish and wildlife and what wildlife enthusiasts - hunters, anglers and viewers - can do to reduce the impacts on the state's wildlife resource. The workshops -- Wildlife at a Crossroads: Conserving Colorado's Wildlife Heritage and Promoting a New Energy Future -- allowed wildlife enthusiasts to explore ways we can respond to climate change and how it is affecting what we all care about - Colorado Wildlife's Future.

View excerpts from the powerpoints presented at the workshops or to order the complete powerpoint please contact CWF office by email at cwfed@coloradowildlife.org or by phone at (303) 987-0400.

Workshops were co-sponsored by Colorado Trout Unlimited, Audubon Colorado and REI (Denver Workshops).

                                                             

 


 

 

Student Chapters of CWF:

CWF encourages college students who want to do more for wildlife to form a student chapter of CWF. We formed a student chapter at Metropolitan State University of Denver in February 2013. Our hope is that these students will become lifelong members or supporters as they become informed and empowered to participate in key wildlife issues. If you are interested in forming a student chapter, we will be pleased to offer guidance and expertise.

CWF's Student Chapter at Metropolitan State University Completes its First Project
CWF's student chapter at Metropolitan State University, founded by CWF board member and professor Ashley Rust, has  ompleted several projects. The summer project was to monitor bluebird boxes on Jefferson County Open Space. The group put up six nest boxes in new habitat in May. Three of the six were occupied with nests full of 15 babies. Students monitored the nestboxes twice a week from May through the summer. They reported the data to Jefferson County Parks and Open Space and to the Audubon Society. Furing the fall the chapter enegaed in native seed collection and also mechanically removed russian olive trees, a noxious weed, from an area of South Platte Park. The next project the students have decided to undertake is to build bat boxes this winter. Stay tuned!

          

Ashley and her boys monitor a bluebird box and 6 House Wren babies hatched in a bluebird nest box

 

 

 

Metro State Student Club completes native seed collection
On October 5, the Club's volunteers assisted the Wildlands Restoration volunteers group to collect native gay feather seeds for use in restoration projects on public lands. Pictured: Club president, Chad Dickerson, vice president Rachel Willis and secretary, Susanna Brauer. They collect native grown seed because it has the provenance and is
adapted to local conditions, then they grow it in a greenhouse and later plant in eroded or scarred public lands.
 

Educational Books about our Region:


Here is a new book for young children about wildlife in North Park (Walden area) Colorado. Karen Miller brings her work as an artist and knowledge of young children to this excellent book. Karen has been a teacher more than 30 years in the field of early childhood education as a teacher trainer, program director and author of 10 books on various aspects of child development and early learning.  She also is one of the founding members of the Green Otter Gallery in Walden, Colorado.  To contact Karen and to order this delightful book, call the Gallery at 970-723-3323 and tell her Colorado Wildlife Federation recommended her book.

 

 

 

 

 

CWF Offers Nature Education Programming for Grades K-12:

Program Choices

  • Life on the Prairie: The wildlife, history and habitat of the Colorado prairie. View excerpts from "Life on the Prairie."
     
  • Colorado's Life Zones: Compare and contrast adaptations and human use of habitat zones from the plains to the alpine areas.
     
  • Wetlands: What is a wetland and what lives there? (Powerpoint coming soon!)
     
  • Threatened and Endangered Species: A discussion of the history of individual species, the causes of species decline, what is done to help prevent listing and what can be done to help threatened and endangered species. View excerpts from "Threatened and Endangered Species."

The complete powerpoints can be ordered by emailing CWF at cwfed@coloradowildlife.oror by calling the CWF office.

 

Certify your backyard for birds, butterflies and other wildlife:

Interested in certifying your backyard for birds and butterflies and other wildlife? Go to the National Wildlife Federation's program at www.nwf.org/affiliatehabitat. 

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