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                                                                                                                                           Connecting
Colorado Alliance for
                                                                                                                                            Colorado’s
Environmental
Education
                                                            EE Infolink                                                                 Environmental
                                                                                                                                    Education Network
Volume 13, Issue 5                                                                                                                             May, 2007

                                         Overview:
             CAEE                              EE Resource Reviews: Information and Workshops
      15260 S. Golden Rd.                      Executive Director’s Corner:
       Golden, CO 80401                        Bulletin Board:
         303-273-9527                          - Upcoming Events
      303-273-5780 (fax)                       - Career
         www.caee.org                          - Grants, Awards and Competitions
         info@caee.org                         - Workshops, Classes and Trainings
                                               - Resources and Announcements
            STAFF
    Executive Director:                                                    EE Resource Reviews
    Ali Goulstone Sweeney                                     Elevating the Value of Colorado’s EE Resources
   Program Coordinator:
       Amanda Peterson                   Elevate your Resources
    Program Assistant:
          Saba Siddiki                   Resource Reviews, very simply, are a process for evaluating EE resources (such as curricula,
                                         activity guides, program outlines, etc.) based on national Guidelines for Excellence in EE. The
   BOARD OF DIRECTORS                    process begins with a Self-Review; a self-paced study of your EE resources using the national
           President:                    Guidelines as a point of reference. The insights that can be gained through this process alone
           Julie Wrend                   are extremely valuable, but the Resource Review System offers you the opportunity to take your
         Vice President:                 EE resource to the next level. By submitting your EE resource to the Resource Review System,
   Skip Spensley, Spensley &             you will receive invaluable feedback from a 3-person peer-review team who have been trained in
            Associates                   the Guidelines for Excellence and the Resource Review process. Your resource can then be
           Secretary:                    listed on Colorado’s EE Directory (www.caee.org) as a reviewed resource, and anyone seeking
      Richard Jurin, Univ. of            EE materials will know that you strive for excellence in the resources you provide.
        Northern Colorado
         Fiscal Officer:                 Elevate your Professional Development
  Patrick Tennyson, Butterfly
              Pavilion                   Attending a Resource Review training is one of the most powerful things you can do to increase
            Directors:                   your ability to create, evaluate, and use EE resources. Not only do you gain a comprehensive
    Julie Gustafson, National            understanding of the national Guidelines for Excellence and how to apply them to your EE
        Wildlife Federation              resources, but you also have the chance to meet other educators, share challenges and ideas,
  Linda Hamilton, Lory State             and grow professionally.
                Park
 Karen Hardesty, CO Division             The Resource Review System relies on a dedicated team of trained volunteer reviewers who
            of Wildlife                  provide thoughtful, constructive feedback for their colleagues. You can take your professional
   Diane Simmons, Colorado               development to the next level by joining the team of reviewers who make the Resource Review
             Academy                     System truly valuable.
 Jill Cooper, Faegre & Benson
                LLP                      Elevate the Field of EE

                                         As more and more resources are reviewed, and as more and more environmental educators are
   CAEE MEMBERSHIP                       trained in the Guidelines for Excellence and the Resource Review process, we are elevating the
  Student/Teacher: $15                   value of environmental education. By joining this effort, you are supporting a quality of culture
     Individual: $35                     for the environmental education profession.
 Organization: $65 (allows
     up to 4 contacts)                   Get Involved!
    Corporation: $500                    Sign up today to attend one of these upcoming workshops!
 Visit www.caee.org to join or           Elevate Your Resources Denver Workshop:
renew online, or contact CAEE
                                                June 5 and June 19, 8:30am-12:30pm each day
   at 303-273-9527.                  Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education
                                     15260 South Golden Road, Golden, 80401

                              Elevate Your Resources Fort Collins Workshop:
                                     June 12 and June 26, 8:30am-12:30pm each day
                                     Colorado Welcome Center
                                     3745 East Prospect Road, Fort Collins


                              Day 1: Will focus on the Guidelines for Excellence and the self-review process.

                              Day 2: Will offer you the chance to become a reviewer.

                              Don’t see a workshop near you? Contact CAEE at 303-273-9527 or info@caee.org to schedule a
                              workshop in your area.

                                 These trainings are free for CAEE members, $25 for non-members.
                                 Please RSVP at least 3 days in advance to CAEE: 303-273-9527 or
                                                            info@caee.org

                                 For more information on the Resource Review System, please visit
                                          http://www.caee.org/quality/resource-review


        Executive             At the end of April, just more than 200 educators gathered at the YMCA Camp outside of Winter
                              Park for the seventh annual Teaching OUTSIDE the Box Conference. The conference committee
Director’s Corner:            exceeded the high expectations of participants throughout the weekend. Saturday morning
   Seven Years of             started with an incredible keynote storyteller, Gary Ferguson. Through nature myths and
                              stories, Gary connected the group and the many expressions of nature. Amazing accolades
Teaching OUTSIDE              abounded from the 60+ different sessions provided by all types of environmental educators –
          the Box             everything from GIS to prairie dogs to certification.

                              All of us were caught up in it, meeting new people, attending great sessions, and supporting old
                              friends. I am always amazed at how quickly the weekend disappears, and we find ourselves at
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                              the closing watching a human slide show recapping the conference.

                              When I came back from the conference, I realized that everywhere I went people were talking
                              about the weekend – whether it was a session or a conversation or a new idea. They were
                              excited and newly inspired, and so was I. Maybe it is so stimulating because it is the largest
                              gathering of its type. It is that one time of year, when folks travel from the Sand Dunes, Grand
                              Junction, Durango, Salida, and the metro cities on the front range, to gather OUTSIDE the Box.
                              It is never said exactly, but there is a feeling that you are not the only one working for a better
                              world, there are many many others, and that translates to some of the best support out there.
                              There is a different kind of energy that gets created over the weekend. There’s something
                              powerful that brings out new ideas, as well as new energy (despite our busy organizations) to
                              move these ideas forward.

                              For those of you who could not make it, we are already beginning to plan next year’s conference
                              for the last weekend in April 2008 – we hope you’ll plan to join us. In the meantime, the
                              Alliance is here to support you, inspire you, and answer your questions, so get connected and
                              get excited.

                              Many thanks to all of the volunteer committee members who make the Teaching OUTSIDE the
                              Box Conference a smashing success: Co-chairs: Nicole Bickford and Joy Thompson. Committee
                              members: Shawna Crocker, Linda Fuller, Jeanine Junell, Skot Latona, Pat Millsap, Tami Root,
                              Sue Schafer, Kent Simon, Laura Stierwalt, Marcos Stoltzfus, Dave Sutherland, and Liz Wickard.

                              Master Plan Connection:
                              Be a part of the Colorado EE Master Plan! These initiatives are supported by the Colorado
                              Environmental Education Master Plan, Goal I Collaboration, Goal II Professional Development,
                              Goal III Promotion, and Goal VII Systemic EE. Check it out at http://www.caee.org/CEEMP
      Upcoming CAEE                       For more information on any of these events, visit http://www.caee.org, call 303-273-9527, or
                                          email info@caee.org. Please RSVP in advance.
             Events
                                          Thursday, May 24, 1:00-4:00pm. LGBT Inclusivity Training. Hosted by the Colorado
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                                          Thursday, June 7. 4:00-6:00pm. Colorado Springs Regional Meeting. Hosted by Steven
                                          Wade Veatch and Don Miranda. Presentation: The Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company’s
                                          Environmental Program.



 Bulletin Board                           Provider’s Resource Clearinghouse-Orientation to Organization with Continental
                                          Breakfast-Aurora. Diverting goods from the waste stream to serve the community has always
                                          been the focus of PRC. Presentation will include explanations of services and programs—there
                                          will be time for your input, questions and suggestions. Tour of the facility and shopping time
   Upcoming Events                        available. Please RSVP to AnnMaier@aumhc.org by Wednesday, May 16. For more information
                                          about the PRC, please visit www.prccolorado.org.
Visit www.caee.org/calendar.html for
an online listing of upcoming events!
                                          Colorado Summit for Recycling-May 21-22, 2007, Keystone, CO. The Summit schedule
                          Back to Top     and list of topics and speakers can viewed at:
                                          http://www.cafr.org/summit/2007/2007summit_schedule.htm

                         Career           The Wildlife Experience-Discovery Program Summer Internship The Wildlife Experience
                                          is seeking a summer intern for 3 months, 40 hours per week. Schedule is Tues - Sat, 8:00 am –
Note: these announcements are only        5:00 pm, at a rate of $10 per hour. The intern will interact with museum visitors and groups,
      position highlights and are not     and duties include: meeting summer groups, giving introductions to museum talks, monitoring
         intended to be all-inclusive.    and implementing programs/crafts in the Discovery Den and Cubs’ Corner, light animal care,
NAAEE/EE-Link offers a jobs database
                                          assisting with Theater Thursdays, Tuesday Tales and Saturday Stories, promoting Science Cart
        service for EE job seekers or
         employers seeking EE staff.      and other programs as needed. Approximately 6 to 7 hours per day will be spent in the public
                                          areas of the museum, interacting with visitors. Position requires two years college education,
           To view job postings, visit:   with prior experience in informal science education preferred. Candidates must be outgoing and
      eelink.net/eejobsdatabase.html
                                          enjoy interacting with people, particularly children. Please send cover letter with
     To submit a job to the database:     resume/experience and references to info@twexp.org. No telephone inquiries please.
eelink.net/cgi-bin/ee-link/add_job.cgi
                                          City of Boulder-Summer Water Technician Water technician performs water conservation
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                                          functions, including: field evaluations of irrigation systems, site reviews of new projects, and
                                          education delivery on water conservation issues and programs. Technician will be expected to
                                          work with the public on related issues and to perform related duties as required. Education:
                                          Bachelors Degree in environmental science or studies, natural resource management,
                                          horticulture or
                                          landscape studies, or related field with a minimum of 2 years of landscape industry experience
                                          (or equivalent combination of education and experience). Demonstrated knowledge of water
                                          conservation methods and techniques. An application is required for all City of Boulder jobs.
                                          Please send applications to: 1101 Arapahoe, 1st Floor, Boulder, CO 80302 by. Position Code:
                                          8210. Position is open until filled.

   Grants, Awards,                        President’s Environmental Youth Award Deadline: October 31, 2007.
                                          The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8 is inviting students in grades K-12 from
  and Competitions                        Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming to participate in the PEYA
                                          program. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with the U.S. Environmental
                       Back to Top        Protection Agency to recognize young Americans for protecting our nation's air, water, land, and
                                          ecology. Individuals, school classes, summer camps, public interest groups, and youth
                                          organizations are encouraged to promote environmental awareness and positive community
                                          involvement. Details about the application form, selection process and past winner descriptions
                                          are available at http://www.epa.gov/region8/ee/peya.html. To submit 2007 project applications,
                                          please mail applications before October 31 to: Wendy Dew, Environmental Education
                                          Coordinator, 1595 Wynkoop Street, 8OC, Denver CO 80202-1129 or email dew.wendy@epa.gov.
                                          For questions, please call Wendy Dew at 303-312-6605.

              Workshops,                  Sierra Club-Volunteer Training-May 19, Denver Are you interested in water quality issues?
                                          Do you enjoy working with youth? You can learn more about becoming involved at the Sierra
   Classes, and        Club Inner City Outings Water Sentinel Training on May 19th.
                       Sierra Club's Inner City Outings has an exciting new project, Water Sentinels, which teaches
      Trainings        young people about water quality while monitoring local water bodies and spending time in the
                       outdoors. You don't need to commit to being a leader if you come to the training. The national
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                       Sentinels program offers assistance in xeric gardening, rain gardens, green roofs, tree plantings,
                       eradicating invasives, litter cleanups, outings, and much more in addition to sampling water
                       quality. For more information, please contact Bill Myers, ICO Chair, billmyers.pc@earthlink.net,
                       1780 So. Raritan St., Denver, CO 80223-3727 or 303-935-6810.

                       Front Range Earthforce and The Southwest Regional Exchange-Summer Institute on
                       Service Learning-June 18-20, Denver, CO Goal of the Institute on Service Learning: To
                       introduce K-12 educators to dynamic classroom tools and teaching strategies that bridge content
                       standards, community involvement, environmental awareness, civic education and hands-on
                       experiential learning. The summer institute will create a solid foundation of service learning and
                       build on foundation with an emphasis on water issues in the urban environment.

                       Bluff Lake Nature Center-Teacher Workshop-June 18-21 Each day, discover a new
                       location and great resources available to Denver Metro area teachers. Exciting field trips, easy-
                       to-use resources and fabulous prizes make this a great week! This workshop is designed for K-
                       6th grade educators. Cost: $110/4-days or $30/day. 2 credits are available from the Colorado
                       School of Mines for an additional fee. To register or for more info: Contact Kristin Libberton at
                       303-468-3243 or go to www.blufflakenaturecenter.org to download the registration form.
                       Registration deadline: June 1.

                       Roaring Fork Conservancy-Dams, Diversions and Drainages Teacher Training-June
                       25-26, Roaring Fork and Fryingpan Valleys Want to integrate water into your school
                       curriculum? Then this training is for you! Join Kelly Wood of the Colorado Division of Wildlife,
                       Mike Wilde, the River Watch teacher at Glenwood Springs High School, and Tim O'Keefe of
                       Roaring Fork Conservancy for this action-packed two-day training. Start the training by rafting
                       the lower Roaring Fork River and finish the course high up in the Fryingpan Valley. We will Learn
                       how to integrate water education into different academic disciplines and knowledge of water
                       issues in the Roaring Fork Valley. Participants will receive Project WET and Discover a
                       Watershed: Colorado River curriculum books, rafting, most meals, and one night camping as
                       part of their $150 registration fee. Credit is available through Adams State College for an
                       additional $45.
                       To register call Roaring Fork Conservancy at (970) 927-1290.

                       Community Resource Center-Diversity and Inclusivenss Workshop Series The Denver
                       Foundation's Expanding Nonprofit Inclusiveness Initiative (ENII) announces an additional series
                       of workshops designed for Metro Denver nonprofit organizations looking to become more
                       inclusive of people of color. The sessions will be provided by the Community Resource Center,
                       and will focus on the following topics: Creating an Inclusive Environment, Recruiting & Retaining
                       Diverse and Inclusive Boards and Staff, Developing & Delivering Inclusive Programs, Marketing
                       and Outreach to Communities of Color, Philanthropy in Communities of Color and Setting
                       Inclusive Policies. Sign up now! Space is limited for all sessions, and they will fill up quickly.
                       Please sign up early to ensure your spot. Please feel free to register up to 2 attendees per
                       organization. These six workshops will be held the first Thursday of the month, June –
                       November, 9am-noon. Community Resource Center (CRC), 655 Broadway, Suite 300, Denver
                       80203. The $10 registration fee per session includes materials and a light breakfast. If you
                       require special accommodations, please contact Adrienne or Jamie at CRC at least one week
                       prior to the event at 303-623-1540.



 Resources and         Cherry Creek Village Elementary School-Looking for Speakers for Science Fair
                       Topics might be (but not limited to) environmental health, global warming, alternative energy,
Announcements          air, water and land pollution, hazardous waste, etc. Interested individuals should contact: Judy
                       Bogart at 720-747-4718.
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                       The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)-Earth Portal Earth
                       Portal is a comprehensive, free and dynamic resource for timely, objective, science-based
                       information about the environment built by a global community of environmental experts:
                       educators, physical, life, and social scientists, scholars, and professionals who have joined
                                        together to communicate to the world. In contrast to information from anonymous sources with
                                        no quality control, the Earth Portal is created and governed by individuals and organizations who
                                        put their names behind their words and where attribution and expert-review for accuracy are
                                        fundamental. Check out Earth Portal at www.EarthPortal.org.

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