Educating Teachers in the Outdoors

For the second summer in a row, CCA has partnered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to help educate local teachers on the value of our shared public lands and their use as a classroom for their students in the coming school year.

This year’s Teaching Environmental Science Naturally (TEN) teacher training course was another huge success. Using some new curriculum developed by CPW the team, which included CCA and other partners, helped get over a dozen teachers outside to experience what our National Conservation Areas (NCAs) have to offer their students.

In addition to visiting CPW facilities in Cameo and museums in Montrose, Delta, and Gateway, teachers were able to tour the oldest dwelling in Colorado, the Eagle Rock Shelter. While there, teachers learned not only about the history of the site but also the educational plan and curriculum that CCA and the BLM have been putting together. Teachers also learned about geology and history on the road to Gateway, where there were stops to discuss Dominguez-Escalante NCA and the Palisade Wilderness Study Area. Additionally, teachers received training in Leave No Trace and were exposed to a few simple ideas to teach those principles in the classroom. We look forward to partnering with CPW again next year to continue this great program!