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Job Opening: High School Camp Intern – Stream Ecology

STREAM EXPLORERS CAMP INTERN

JOB DESCRIPTIONS

 JOB TITLE:  Camp Intern for Stream Explorers Program @ Rockies Rock Summer Camp in Leadville, CO

CLASSIFICATION:  Contract, 9 hours/day, 7:15 am to 4:15 pm (transportation to Leadville Camp locations will provided from central location in Buena Vista, Salida, or Leadville)

 CONTRACT AMOUNT:  $10 / hr

2 weeks, 36 hours each = $720 total paid at end

CAMP DATES: 

July 30 – Aug. 2 and Aug. 5 – Aug 9

 FUNCTION OR PURPOSE OF THIS POSITION:  GARNA seeks 2 high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors to serve as Camp Interns for Stream Explorers.  Camp Interns will encourage younger youth (Grades 4 – 7) who are participating in camp in investigating stream ecology utilizing the scientific method,

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Envision hosts wildfire-prevention panel discussion May 8

Organizers encourage public participation

 

As smoke billowed across the lower reaches of the Collegiate Peaks southwest of Buena Vista on Easter Sunday, neighbors’ cell phones beeped with evacuation notices and firefighters closed off rural roads to the site. The blaze grew to nearly 28 acres before firefighters wrangled it under control by late afternoon.

 

It was a small fire that was contained quickly, and also a reminder that wildfire can happen at almost any time in Chaffee County, Salida District Ranger Jim Pitts said.

 

“The normal isn’t so normal,” he said. “We’re definitely behind on our winter moisture.” He noted that local snowpack was 66 percent of average as of mid-April.

 

With the threat of wildfire on many people’s minds, 

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Suck the Straws out of the Upper Ark Valley!

By: Mary Beth Flemming

February 3 was international straw free day! Restaurants all around the country are pledging to get rid of plastic straws.

Have you heard about the largest floating island of garbage to date, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, resting off the coast of California? According to the Inland Ocean Coalition, 80% of the garbage in these islands originates inland. The Coalition, a project of the Ocean Foundation, has estimated the garbage island’s current size to be larger than the landmass of the United States. The amount of plastic floating in this garbage patch outnumbers sea life 6 to 1. One of the largest inland plastic contributors to the garbage island is a plastic product designed for single use, the straw.

What does the buildup of plastics in our oceans mean for those of us living here in Chaffee County?

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Fall 2017 School Youth Ecological Literacy Programming

What an exciting fall for GARNA’s Youth Ecological Literacy Program! We doubled our number of field trips this fall, meaning we reached twice the amount of students with curiosity inducing and learning packed days of environmental education in outdoor classrooms. We are so thankful to our land agency partners such as the US Forest Service, BLM and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, program partners Get Outdoors Leadville!, the Alpine Achievers Initiative, Society of American Foresters, and Trout Unlimited and awesome GARNA volunteers for helping us produce meaningful learning for so many students.

The goal of GARNA’s Youth Ecological Literacy Program, YELP, is to foster environmental stewardship and encourage young people to explore careers within the natural resources field. Through our school-based programs, we tailor lessons for each grade level, both to bolster students’ academic knowledge through hands-on experiences and to raise the next generation of youth to appreciate the uniqueness of our environment and be better stewards of our public lands.

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Fall 2017 Youth Ecological Literacy Longfellow Elementary 3rd grade Fieldtrip

Life Zones along Monarch Pass– Thursday, September 14

GARNA’s Youth Ecological Literacy Program (YELP) goals are to foster environmental stewardship and to encourage young people to explore careers within the field of natural resources. The program provides science-based, experiential activities and education through school field trips, career exploration, enrichment programs, and summer camps. The goal of the school-based programs is to tailor lessons for each grade level, both to bolster students’ academic knowledge through hands on experiences and to raise the next generation of youth with a better understanding of stewardship and what makes their environment so unique.

What kinds of trees still thrive with a short 3 month growing season in the subalpine? What kinds of animals can handle the winds and changing weather of the alpine? How have the extreme factors involving wind, water, and glaciers shape the geology of the mountains?

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