Forty years after Joe Shoemaker, The Greenway Foundation and the hardworking leaders of Denver began their collaborative journey to restore and return a once forgotten river to its community - a new partnership is born.
The Greenway Foundation and Noble Energy are excited to announce a partnered initiative to expand the reach of the South Platte River Regional Greenway beyond the confines of its current boundaries.
We would like to thank our friends at Noble Energy for their dedication to The Greenway Foundation, the South Platte River and its surrounding communities, as well as their generosity and financial support of this exciting visioning opportunity.
Noble Energy works in collaboration with local partners and Colorado communities to ensure that we have the energy we need, the economy we want and the environment that we all hold so dear. To learn more about how Noble Energy serves our great state, please visit NobleColorado.com.
Thank you to all families, friends, partners, and supporters who made Family Fishing Day 2014 a huge success!
We had a great turn-out at 2014 Family Fishing Day! Over 70 youth and adults joined us on a picturesque fall day at Overland Pond Park. Check out the short video above of the event!
Saturday's event started out with five stations led by Environmental Learning For Kids (ELK) educators, who taught about Colorado's native fish and how to use fishing poles. Attendees then spent the afternoon around the pond testing their skills and practicing catch and release fishing with their new fishing poles. The Greenway Foundation also provided a free lunch to sustain all of that fishing.
Thank you to our wonderful event partners:
Environmental Learning for Kids
Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife
Denver Parks + Recreation
For more photos of the event click here!
This is an annual event, so keep an eye on the main Family Fishing Day page!
We are so excited to share with you the progress of Johnson Habitat Park and SPREE Headquarters. Johnson Habitat Park has been under construction for all of 2014 and the progress is astounding!
Located near Santa Fe and Alameda, this park is in the heart of Denver. This park will be the leading design for environmental play and learning in the nation and SPREE is lucky enough to host summer camps there in 2015
The park will feature fossil rubbings, the cottonwood star sticks, water access, mosaics made by campers, and even a fire pit for starlight events!
Check out the progress and join us in Spring 2015 for the grand opening!
October 20 and 21, 2014: Creatures of the Night
Explore bats, owls and more as we look into the creatures that go ‘bump’ the night here in Colorado.
This week we got to exploring Colorado animals of the night! On Monday we learned about nocturnal animals that fly! First, we learned about the amazing adaptations of owls. We made miniature owl figurines, dressed up as an owl, and drew some owl-inspired self portraits.
Next, we learned about the secret lives of bats. We discovered that bats are not blind- that's just a myth! The senses they primarily rely on are hearing and scent. We played some games and did experiments as bats using these other senses. We had to find our bat pups blindfolded and only using scents!
Our last winged animals of the day were fireflies! We learned how they communicate with their flashing and we got some flashcards and sent some messages of our own! We also decided to help out our winged friends and painted some homes for them- complete with glow in the dark paint!
Tuesday focused on terrestrial animals. We learned some Native American lore about a coyote and put on a puppet show to tell the story!
Next, we had to work together to solve a mystery. We had some clues about what the animal eats, we saw its tracks, and we also saw its skull- with all the clues we put together that the mystery animal was a raccoon!
Our final nocturnal animal was a badger. We learned about their physical and behavioral adaptations that allow it to be a successful nocturnal creature. We crafted our own mini badgers and its own sett to live in!
And as always at SPREE camp, we had a great time exploring in the Cherry Creek and the South Platte River!
SOUTH PLATTE RIVER GETTING $30 MILLION UPGRADE!
Thanks for the article, Confluence Denver!
There are incredible changes going on in and along the South Platte River throughout Denver! Greenway's River Vision Improvement Plan has invested over $30 million into urban river restoration. As our associate director Jolon Clark states, the ultimate goal "is a South Platte River that's swimmable, boatable, recreationally vibrant and ecologically sound." Many projects are underway, and there is still more to come! Want to know more about river improvements and the RVIP? You can read more about The Greenway Foundation's past, present, and future in the article here!
Students from schools in the Denver area gathered at the Littleton/Engleton Wastewater Treatment Plant on Wednesday, October 8th to partake in the World Water Monitoring Challenge. This non-profit is dedicated to testing water quality and comparing results all around the world!
SPREE was pleased to join many volunteers at the water testing plant to test water from the South Platte River. Students explored the process of getting clean water in the city, learned where their water comes from, tested water and compared tests from upstream and downstream of the plant (using the WWMC kit), and checked up on the health of the South Platte by identifying and looking at critters from the river with the SPREE staff!
The kids learned that it is easy to give our urban water ways regular "check-ups" by testing dissolved oxygen levels, taking the river's temperature, measuring pH, measuring turbidity, and checking up on biological factors (finding critters!). They discovered that not only is it important to keep our waterways healthy, but that they can make a difference ever day!
To see more pictures from the event, click here!