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2018 CZO Teacher Mountain Research Experience

Monday, June 25 (at 12pm) - Wednesday, June 27 (at 4pm) | | Earn a $250 stipend!

CU's Mountain Research Station

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2018 Earth Systems Science: Exploring Change in the Critical Zone
Teacher Professional Development Field Course for Middle and High School Practitioners

Join experts from the University of Colorado Boulder for three days of experiential learning, field-science research, hands-on activities and classroom resources focused on Earth Systems Science and the Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory Program. Based from the inspiring CU Mountain Research Station on Niwot Ridge, with field explorations of local steams, ponds, snowfields, research sites and areas impacted by recent forest fires, this will be a fun, enriching and educational experience for all participants. Activities and content include:

  • Standards-based Earth Systems Science in the field and classroom
  • Geologic history, erosion and deposition in the Colorado front range
  • Forest ecology, forest measurement and fire ecology
  • Hydrology, water quality measurement and watershed ccience
  • Weather, climate, snow and the water in the Colorado front range

Program Information:

  • Dates: Monday, June 25 (at 12pm) – Wednesday, June 27 (at 4pm)
  • Location: CU’s Mountain Research Station, Nederland CO
  • Stipend: $250 for the full three-day workshop
  • Certificate for 24 hours of Teacher Professional Development
  • Housing and meals at the CU Mountain Research Station provided
  • Classroom Activity Guide and resources provided

Program Requirements:

  • Participate in the full three-day workshop, including evening activities on days one and two
  • Complete pre and post-participation assessments and follow-up evaluation instruments
  • Participate in structured group activities and investigations during the program
  • Share activities and best practices with other program participants
  • Participate in high (8,000 feet +) and low-elevation hikes over rough terrain without difficulty

Ideal Candidates:

  • Teach Earth Science or Earth Systems Science at the Middle or High School Level
  • Are excited about using their natural environment as an integrating context for learning

Application Instructions:

We encourage teachers and other providers from across Colorado and the U.S. to apply to participate in this professional development workshop. We make every effort to accommodate participants with varying needs and levels of experience, but preference will be given to teachers who demonstrate their interest and ability to incorporate these types of learning opportunities into their programs in this highly competitive application process. CLICK HERE to apply. Applications are due by May 10, 2018. Applicants will be notified of their status by May 15, 2018.

For additional information contact Hester Nadel via email or call 303.492.8640.