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2016 Youth Educational Programs
Youth Educational Program Name Day(s) Date(s)
Youth Big Thompson Field Trip/Project Tuesday May 03, 2016

Rock Creek Wetland Plugs Tuesday May 17, 2016

Knights of Heroes Girls' Camp Tuesday - Thursday Jul 12, 2016 - Jul 14, 2016

Trail Building at Brainard Lake Saturday - Saturday Jul 16, 2016 - Jul 16, 2016

YSI Overnight @ Georgia Pass Wednesday - Thursday Aug 03, 2016 - Aug 04, 2016

Polaris Expeditionary High School Crew Leader Training Monday
Tuesday
Sep 19, 2016
Sep 20, 2016

Youth Fuels Reduction Tuesday - Tuesday Sep 20, 2016 - Sep 20, 2016

Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Willow Harvest Thursday - Thursday Sep 22, 2016 - Sep 22, 2016

Dawson School Seed Collection Wednesday - Wednesday Oct 19, 2016 - Oct 19, 2016

Youth Big Thompson Field Trip/Project

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly

Date(s):
TuesdayMay 03, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 100

Youth from Brentwood Middle School in Greeley will help to plant hundreds of willows along stream banks of the Big Thompson River. Youth will also learn to fly fish in a stocked pond with help from master anglers from Alpine Anglers Trout Unlimited and Various fly shops.

Leadership is needed: However no leadership training is required! All volunteers are invited to come out and help work alongside youth so that youth can have more one on one time with adults who value nature and restoration.

If you would like to volunteer to assist, please email lukas@wlrv.org and specify if you are a master angler or non- angler. Amatuer anglers may or may not get a chance to fish at the end of the day.



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Rock Creek Wetland Plugs

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Afternoon

Date(s):
TuesdayMay 17, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 14

Cottonwood's Community Adventure Program teamed up with WRV to restore riparian habitat along Rock Creek, near Coalton Trailhead. 11 youth worked alongside Boulder County to plant wetland plugs and stake willows to help stabilize the newly dug channel. Students from CAP also shared their thoughts to help WRV develop new leadership programming.


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Knights of Heroes Girls' Camp

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day

Date(s):
TuesdayJul 12, 2016 - ThursdayJul 14, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 21

WRV spent several days in Alma, Colorado with the Knights of Heroes Girls' Camp. Over the course of several days, participants worked alongside the Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative to build a trail connecting portions of a neighborhood along one of the hillsides in the city. The girls had a blast and worked hard, building 2800 feet of trail in three days!

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Trail Building at Brainard Lake

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 16, 2016 - SaturdayJul 16, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 22

16 youth from TeamWorks TEENS, Inc. joined a trail building crew up at Brainard Lake, who were working on creating a connector between the new Gateway Trail and Long Lake. Youth, who participate in TeamWorks' summer long leadership program, spent the day building out two sections of trail. Trail building is tough work, but the group worked hard and ended up constructing over 400 feet of new trail!

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YSI Overnight @ Georgia Pass

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Mid Week Multi Day

Date(s):
WednesdayAug 03, 2016 - ThursdayAug 04, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 15

A hike up Glacier Peak in late July might have brought you upon an interesting site: 12 teenagers, many of them camping for the first time in their lives, and a whole bunch of llamas.

This was WRV's Youth Alpine Restoration project. For two days, a group of youth worked on Georgia Pass, packing and unloading llamas with restoration materials like straw wattles to help restore the fragile alpine ecosystems.

The project introduced the students to a range of new experiences: most had no experience doing environmental stewardship; some had only camped once before, on a previous WRV project, and they brought along friends for their own first camping experiences; and of course, working with llamas isn't a typical daily experience for most teenagers.

Overall, this was a great opportunity for youth to expand their comfort zones, make an impact on their environment, and have fun in a new and meaningful way. .

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Polaris Expeditionary High School Crew Leader Training

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day

Date(s):
MondaySep 19, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 20
TuesdaySep 20, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 20

WRV partnered with Polaris Expeditionary School in Fort Collins to train 10 high school students as crew leaders. We will camp at Young Gulch, Two days will be spent learning about ecology, restoration techniques, and leadership and three will be spent constructing the new trail and restoring the old trail at Yong Gulch.

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Youth Fuels Reduction

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)

Date(s):
TuesdaySep 20, 2016 - TuesdaySep 20, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 65

60 Environmental Science students from Grandview High joined WRV and Denver Mountain Parks for a fun morning spent doing fuels reduction on Gennesee Mountain. Students had fun experimenting with a variety of tools to reduce undergrowth and thin out smaller trees to prevent fast-moving fires--and a few bigger trees as well. Students also learned about the role of fire in natural ecosystems.

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Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Willow Harvest

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly

Date(s):
ThursdaySep 22, 2016 - ThursdaySep 22, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 17

Students from Aurora Public Schools Online High School joined WRV at the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms to plant 600 cottonwood and willows. The group did a great job dividing up the job and planting in order to re-vegetate the area and prevent erosion.

After a morning of hard work, students took a break to get lost in Chatfield's giant corn maze.

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Dawson School Seed Collection

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)

Date(s):
WednesdayOct 19, 2016 - WednesdayOct 19, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 67

Students from the Dawson School joined WRV and Boulder County for a beautiful fall day at Rabbit Mountain and Hall Ranch.

Students at Hall Ranch collected rabbit brush seed for revegetation efforts. Others took loppers and handsaws up Rabbit Mountain, where they lopped mountain mahogany to mimic the effects of small-scale forest fire. Both groups had fun and worked hard, successfully topping their goals for the amount of seed collected and vegetation lopped. The beautiful sunshine and perfect weather certainly helped with the positive outcome, too!

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