Teachers Invited to Power of Water Workshops

Water workshopsTeachers are invited to join the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences for workshops in July and August that address the power of water. Learn how water impacted stream ecosystems and geomorphology as a result of the great flood of 2013 and the ways in which water and invasive species can affect stream flows and stream structure. Hear from CU-Boulder scientists and learn about activities your students can do related to their research.

These workshops are geared toward secondary science teachers but are open to all K-12 teachers. Sign up for one or both workshops, but remember to register for each separately. Each workshop offers .5 GRTE credit at a cost of $70 per session, or non-credit seekers can attend for free. Teachers will receive a $50 stipend for each workshop.

The Great Flood of 2013: Ecosystem Impacts and Stream Recovery
Tuesday, July 28
Join CU researchers Jimmy McCutchan and John Pitlick for a workshop about the impacts of the great flood of 2013 on the streams in the Rocky Mountain National Park and throughout the Front Range (sites on the North St. Vrain, Lefthand Creek, and Big Thompson will also be discussed). Learn how to sample for stream invertebrates and measure physical characteristics of streams with simple tools and techniques that can be transferred to local field sites. This knowledge will be put to use by sampling a heavily impacted stream and a relatively unimpacted stream within the park. The data will be analyzed back at the park headquarters, and a guided discussion facilitated by the researchers will illustrate the impacts.
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River Dynamics and Vegetation in the Arid West
Monday, Aug. 10
CU researchers will share insights on river processes in the Western US, with special focus on the Rio Puerco where the invasive species Tamarisk was introduced in the 1920s. Learn more about the physics of water flow and sedimentation processes. Participants will do hands-on experiments and engage in computer modeling to learn about vegetation and streambeds.
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For more information visit CIRES Education Outreach or share the event flier.

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