During these free KDNK member-only deliberative forums participants will weigh options, listen to understand, expand democratic attitudes around climate, water, and energy, build relationships, and increase their civic capacity. Sarah Johnson, trained deliberative forum moderator will be moderating the forums. You don’t need any special knowledge or preparation to participate. All KDNK members age 16 and up are invited to participate. Registration is required by emailing Gavin@kdnk.org.
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What is a Deliberative Forum?
A moderated thoughtful public process where citizens will learn from one another, weighing various approaches, and find courses of action consistent with what the community and individuals hold valuable. During a deliberative forum, people:
Wild Rose Education coordinated this 2nd annual bioblitz in collaboration with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program and the landowner John Powers.
The first annual Gunnison River Teacher Institute was a success! Western State Colorado University's Extended Studies Program and the Colorado Water Workshop collaborated to create the teacher institute. Teachers participated from the Gunnison, South Platte, and Arkansas Basins. Through many hands-on interactive activities they learned how to incorporate watershed thinking into their curriculum to create relevant context and connections for their students.
The fast paced week long rigorous 3 graduate credit course included tools for teaching western water management, river ecology, fisheries, and geography of the Colorado River Basin. Field experiences included a hike to Morrow Point Reservoir and up East Elk Creek with Curecanti National Recreation Area, Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery tour, Spring Creek river ecology field day with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Colorado Trout Unlimited, tour of Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, whitewater rafting on the Taylor River, and a visit to Coldharbour Ranch.
The second half of the week teachers participated in the 42nd annual Colorado Water Workshop conference engaging with water resource professionals from across Colorado learning about current water issues and innovative management strategies. Participating in the Gunnison River Festival was also included throughout the week including water trivia night, live music, and a celebration at the Gunnison Whitewater Park.
Learning all about watersheds and how they work
Institute Feedback from Participants
Reflection on the River Institute from Sarah Johnson, Instructor
The 2018 River Teacher Institute planning is underway and details will be announced in January 2018. Sign up here to get information about upcoming workshop details.
A couple final videos from the week
Wild Rose Education's, Sarah Johnson has coordinated the Colorado Foundation for Water Education's Water Educator Network (WEN) February 2016 through June 2017. This latest report celebrates the collective impacts of the WEN during the past 5 months.
Celebrating the great water education happening around the state and finding ways to support educators to increase effectiveness across the state has been the goal of the WEN. Read the entire report here.