THANK YOU RIVER RANGERS!
In July we took a two-day and one-night river rafting and camping trip along the Arkansas River outside of Cañon City. In addition Ranger crew, we had a group of high school students from the Greenway Leadership Corps volunteer program (GLC) along for the trip as well, making for a group of over 20 people total on our adventure through the Royal Gorge canyon. We'd like to send a big thank you to Raft Masters for setting us up for an unforgettable weekend on the Arkansas River!
This month the Rangers & GLC students took another weekend trip to Phantom Canyon, a Nature Conservancy preserve outside of Ft. Collins. The crew completed a number of service projects at Phantom Canyon & the nearby Robert's Ranch, working prim arily on building erosion control structures. Students also explored Phantom Canyon by hiking and swimming in the North Fork of the Poudre River, and the Rangers & GLC students also had a chance to talk with The Nature Conservancy employees about their careers & the field of environmental conservation. Many thanks to The Nature Conservancy for another great experience at Phantom Canyon for our River Rangers & GLC students!
The Rangers' summer concluded with a presentation to The Greenway Foundation's board members earlier this month, where they gave the board a recap of their experiences this summer in their own words. While we are certainly sad to see our Rangers leave for the summer, we at The Greenway Foundation are very excited to see what they all go on to accomplish! For more information on the Greenway River Rangers youth internship & employment program, click here!
THE AFTER PARTY COMMITTEE IS VOTING!
WEEK 8 CAMPERS HAVE FUN LEARNING ABOUT ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS
At SPREE’s Adventures Outside Summer Day Camps, we spent the week learning about the incredible talents of the animals of Colorado. We dressed up like a hawk to learn about the strong talons and hooked upper beak of this amazing predator. We got to feel a squirrel pelt when we learned about prey and how they survive in the wild. We even made camouflage costumes for a game of hide and seek.
We completed a relay race and added t-shirts for our layers of fat, representing how bears store fat for winter. We also played a monarch migration game, had a crawdad pincer relay, and made beaver dams to get a hands-on look at amazing animal adaptations all around us.
For many campers, the highlight of the week was learning about animals from our friends at the Denver Zoo. We got to meet amazing creatures including an African pancake tortoise and hognose snake.
We held our graduation ceremony to close out another great week!
WEEK 9 SUMMER CAMPERS BECOME WATER ENGINEERS
Do you know what flocculation means? SPREE campers do! At SPREE’s Adventures Outside Summer Camps, we spent our week discovering the power of water. We started out learning about our watershed and the source of our water. We spent Tuesday building boats and locks and dams, then tested them out and explored the South Platte River and Cherry Creek.
On Wednesday, we built model water treatment plants and learned from our guest speakers how Denver Water operates. On Thursday, we turned our focus to wastewater and played a game to learn about the municipal water cycle. Later, we used recycled materials to invent ways to reuse water. Our special guest from the Littleton/Englewood Wastewater Treatment Plant told us all about the plant and how it works.
We closed our week learning about hydroelectric power and fish ladders, then created inventions inspired by water wheels. We also had fun creating a geyser and making clay models of the earth to learn about hot springs and geothermal power.
CAMPERS ENJOY OUTDOOR ADVENTURES WEEK AND SPREE CAMP OUT
Week 7 was an exciting week for campers at SPREE’s Adventures Outside Summer Camps. After a week of camping games and learning how to survive in the outdoors, campers spent the night at Johnson Habitat Park for SPREE’s Annual Camp Out. Read on for some of the week’s highlights.
We started our week with hikes to nearby Vanderbilt pond and Confluence Park. Campers learned about Leave No Trace Principles and even did a trash clean-up near camp. We then talked about campfire safety and made paracord survival bracelets. Campers worked together to complete an obstacle course, make a miniature campsite, and do team-building games.
Cherry Creek Train campers were excited to try out stand-up paddle boarding on Thursday.
We also shared campfire stories and spent time exploring the South Platte River and Cherry Creek. We practiced camping skills like packing a hiking bag and setting up a tent.
On Friday evening, several campers and their families participated in the Annual SPREE Camp Out. We set up tents, explored the park and then cooked hot dogs over the fire. Park Ranger Eric shared his knowledge of native flora and fauna as we watched a beautiful sunset.