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The Chaffee County Heritage Area Advisory Board / Collegiate Peaks Scenic & Historic Byway Board also voted to submit a letter
Funding from CO Parks & Wildlife/CO Parks & Recreation Assocation Partners in the Outdoors grant allowed GARNA to partner with Get Outdoors Leadville! (GOL!), Lake County’s GOCO Inspire Initiative, to pilot a partnership with Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) during the summer of 2016. We worked with Loretta McIlheney of the USFS and Mineral Belt Trail (MBT) Board to determine service, ecological and learning goals for a restoration project on the MBT. During two weeks in July, two different RMYC youth crews worked on restoration projects on the trail and GARNA provided an educational component. The Mineral Belt Trail is a community connector and serves as a living laboratory to explore human impact and ecology through historical and natural areas.
Local high school students started strong with the GARNA PLACE (Public Lands Agency Career Exploration) Program on Friday January 29 with a trail restoration project at the BLM Shelf Road Recreation Area north of Canon City. Morgan Fitzgerald, Noelia Evangelista, and Cole Sites of Salida High School restored a section of the Cactus Cliffs Approach Trail which had been widened and compacted by users avoiding muddy sections of the trail, a common issue in trail use. Students worked alongside their instructors, Bryce Hofmann of the Bureau of Land Management and Jess Meiris of the Pikes Peak Climbers Alliance. The students built rock water bars and added gravel to manage erosion, loosened and amended compacted soils along the trail to encourage re-vegetation, and added obstacles to encourage users to walk on durable sections of the trail.
The Salida Middle School 6th Grade Class gathered at Mount Ouray State Wildlife Area for the annual GARNA Youth Ecological Literacy Field Trip. With the newly snow-capped Collegiate Peaks as the backdrop and the wildlife-rich riparian bottomlands of the Arkansas River as their classroom, students rotated between 4 environmental education stations designed to engage the senses, hone scientific exploration and analysis skills, and encourage stewardship. Topics included bat ecology, water quality and aquatic insects, erosion and the rock cycle, and GPS navigation. During lunch, students discussed conservation ethics and enjoyed a fly fishing demonstration.
A huge thank you to: Michelle Orlowske, AHRA Land Ranger, Christy Fitzpatrick, Chaffee County 4H, Maggie Gaddis, Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Keith Krebs, Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Debby Powers and Paul Smith, GARNA volunteers; the 6th grade teaching team: George Mossman, Jean Dyer, Cory Scheffel and Michael Williams; and all of the 6th grade SMS students.
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The Longfellow 3rd grade class gathered at Monarch Pass and Maysville Picnic Area for the annual GARNA Youth Ecological Literacy Field Trip. With Monarch Pass as their classroom at 11,312 feet, students hiked up the Pass and directly observed the geology and life zones of the treeline. Below, at the Maysville site, students practiced compass navigation and explored behavior and ecology of our friend, the bat. Rotating between four environmental education stations designed to engage the senses, hone scientific exploration and analysis skills, and encourage stewardship, students became more aware of the natural world around them.
A huge thank you to: Linda Skinner, BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner, Bob Hickey, AHRA Volunteer, Kate Spinelli, AHRA Naturalist, Debby Powers, Patty Powers, Sally Waterhouse, Paul Smith and Claire Mechtley, GARNA volunteers; the 3rd grade teaching team: Mark Tameler, Carol McIlvaine, Jaime Giorno, April Holdinghaus and Janee Martinez; and all of the 3rd grade Longfellow students.
Local youth gathered at the Hutchinson Homestead for the annual Guidestone Pumpkin Patch to learn and practice their compass navigation skills. Held on a course tucked among golden grasses, trees, and a hay bale maze, children worked in pairs to follow compass bearings to flagged points, eventually leading to a pumpkin cache destination. Each child took home a mini pumpkin as a prize to remember their accomplishment.
A group of local little ones gathered for a day of environmental education on the Monarch Spur Trail in Salida. The site of the Salida Trail Ecological Restoration Project, the trail was a perfect backdrop for kids to learn about human impacts on nature and ways they can help improve natural areas in their own backyard. Students identified natural and un-natural objects on the trail, played games to understand how long trash takes to break down, picked up micro-trash, and learned techniques for observing and connecting to nature.
GARNA member Judy Haines put together a beautiful compilation of photographs from a GARNA Photography Club hike to Lost Lake in August, 2015. Please consider becoming a member to join us for club activities like this!
GARNA member Judy Haines put together a beautiful compilation of photographs from a GARNA-sponsored trip to the Zapata Ranch on October 6, 2015. All participants on this trip were GARNA members – we publicize activities to supporters first, please consider becoming a member to join us for experiences like this!
GARNA member Judy Haines put together a beautiful compilation of photographs from a GARNA-sponsored trip to the Zapata Falls on October 6, 2015. All participants on this trip were GARNA members – we publicize activities to supporters first, please consider becoming a member to join us for experiences like this!
GARNA member Judy Haines documented our trip to the Orient Mine in the San Luis Valley on August 27, 2015. Thanks so much to Judy for sharing this enchanting experience. We hope you can join us for the next GARNA activity that intrigues you!