K-12 Education

Classroom and Regional Outreach: Each year hundreds of learners across Colorado get hands-on experience with Critical Zone content through a STEM Outreach partnership with CU Science Discovery.  Science Discovery offers three 1-hour classroom presentations on geology and erosion; fire ecology and water quality; and the important role ice and snow play in our regional water systems.  Science Discovery also offers these classes in an exciting full-day STEM Workshop titled Earth Systems Science: Exploring Change in the Critical Zone. These presentations and workshops are designed for upper elementary and middle school students and can be adapted for any age/classroom or for large scale events and public outreach opportunities. For more information on these programs, visit: http://sciencediscovery.colorado.edu/program/school-teacher-programs/ or email Hester Nadel (email)

Foundation for Flow Picture + Happy kids

Teacher Resources: Boulder Creek CZO and CU Science Discovery offer a great collection of resources for K-12 teachers including curricula, activities, resources and more.

Bob Anderson at CO2 site

Teacher Professional Development: CU Science Discovery also offers a number of BC-CZO related teacher professional development opportunities throughout the year. These range from custom school or district-based PD programs, to single-day workshops on campus, and multi-day/overnight programs at the CU Mountain Research Station. For more information on teacher professional development opportunities in your area visit: http://sciencediscovery.colorado.edu/teacher-professional-development/ or email Eric Carpenter (email)

CZO training teachers

Summer STEM Programs: BC-CZO researchers and students collaborate with CU Science Discovery to offer a number of fun, engaging and educational summer program options for learners of all ages. From a one-week research experience at the CU Mountain Research Station for high-school aged learners to full and 1/2 day summer camps for elementary and middle school students there are a lot of great progrmming options for both formal and informal STEM learning within the Boulder Creek CZO. For more information visit http://sciencediscovery.colorado.edu/program/summer-classes/ or email Maggie Warren at (email)

Custom Field or Lab-Based Programs: CU Science Discovery can coordinate custom campus, lab or field station tours for schools, groups or research partners, or combinations of lab and classroom experiences.  These opportunities can range from simple building and lab tours with graduate student leaders, to overnight experiences at the CU Mountain Research Station or guided trips to the research sites on Boulder Creek or Niwot Ridge.  For more information on these opportunities pleas email Eric Carpenter (email) or call 303.492.3992.

CZO MRS Teachers on Niwot Ridge

Bob Anderson at CO2 site

CZO training teachers

CZO MRS Teachers on Niwot Ridge



2017 CZO Webinar Series: Critical Zone and Society

06 Apr 2017 - 2017 CZO Webinar Series: Critical Zone and Society.


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