Sat., Aug. 22 – Biodiversity

Click here for the 8.22.2020 PALS Flyer – Biodiversity at Mueller State Park

Full Day [8:15 am – 4:00 pm] 0.5 sem hrs / 7.5 contact hours

Registration Limited* to 15 participants

Title:  Biodiversity of Mueller State Park

Presenters: Linda Groat, Program Coordinator, Mueller State Park & Tracy Predmore, Southeast Region Education Coordinator, Colorado Parks and Wildlife,  & April Estep, Wildlife Biologist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Description:   Participants will explore the biodiversity of the many life zones of Mueller State Park and learn how to use the iNaturalist app.  They will observe and identify macroinvertebrates, learn about bats and their biology and behavior, and study the watersheds of Colorado

Agenda:     8:15  Arrive, registration, restrooms, name tags, notebooks

8:30 – 9:05 Welcome; Announcements ; Overview of the Day, Introductions of hub coordinators, presenters and participants – Auditorium 

9:05 – 9:15 Resources available from Colorado Parks and Wildlife 

(Linda Groat, Program Coordinator, Mueller State Park and Tracy Predmore, 

Southeast Region Education Coordinator, Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

9:15 – 10:30 Activity: Observing Relationships within an Ecosystem using the Biodiversity Poster sets (small groups) (Linda Groat and Tracy Predmore, )

10:30 – 11:00 Introduction to iNaturalist

11:00 – 11:45 Explore three habitats (insects, plants, birds/mammals)

11:45 – 12:15  Share Out (working lunch)

12:15 – 1:15  Bats (April Estep)

1:30 – 2:30 Pond Study at Dragonfly Loop – a 1000 foot walking tour of a wildlife pond habitat – focus on aquatic insects  (Linda Groat and Tracy Predmore)

2:45 – 3:45 The Shape of Colorado – Understanding the Watershed

3:45  Door Prizes, Evaluations

4:00 Depart

* LIMITED SPACE

Due to current COVID-19 best practices the size of this particular hub meeting is limited to 15 participants. 

Because PALS mission is focused on current secondary science teachers, these teachers will receive priority when signing up for this workshop. When you register for this hub meeting, you will be asked to state your current status as a science teacher. Options include:

  • Current Secondary Science Teacher (MS or HS) with science classes assigned for the coming school year
  • Current Elementary Science Teacher with science class(es) assigned for the coming school year
  • Secondary Science Teacher – Unemployed? Retired? Subbing? – not currently employed and/or assigned to teach science classes
  • Other Teacher – Unemployed? Retired? Subbing? – not currently employed and/or assigned to teach science classes

About 1 week  in advance of the workshop, you will receive an email asking you to confirm your participation.  If you do not respond in the affirmative, you will be removed from the list and your spot will be given to the next eligible teacher on the waiting list.