The Greenway Leadership Corps (GLC) got to try two days of indoor and outdoor rock climbing last week with the help of Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) and their Youth Education Program (YEP). On Wednesday, we travelled to the CMC headquarters (located within the American Mountaineering Association building), where we learned the basics of tying in, safety commands, belaying, and climbing! Everyone got a few chances to try out belaying each other and also climbing on the natural rock wall indoors. Though nearly everyone was new to the technique of belaying, they all picked it up quickly and confidently. We couldn’t wait to see them try out these new skills on real rock!
What a way to kick off the week! On Monday, SPREE ran Macroinvertebrate Mayhem holiday camp. What is a macroinvertebrate? If you break down the word “macro” means it can be seen with the naked eye, no need for microscopes. The second half of the word “invertebrate” means an animal that does not have a backbone or spine. So if we put the two together, a macroinvertebrate is an animal without a backbone that can be seen without any magnification. Many macroinvertebrates live in our South Platte River including crawdads, dragonfly larvae, leeches, clams and more! The day started off with a great surprise, Chompers came to visit and give campers the day's mission!
On Friday, curious campers joined SPREE for Tracks & Scat Holiday Camp. We spent the day learning how to identify animals that live in Colorado from the clues they leave behind. Even with some brief rain, we spent most of the day outside!
The first activity was focused on tracks. You can tell a lot about an animal just from their footprints, or tracks. We started our exploration by making some mystery human tracks. We used observation skills to determine which camper made the track based on the design of their shoe bottoms. After making these observations, we learned more about specific animal tracks by playing a matching game. We ended the activity with a craft- track soap! Using animal track molds, we made track shaped hand soap- Campers can wash their paws using their paw shaped soap!
It’s the start of a new school year, which means that The Greenway Foundation has hired ten new interns for its 2019-2020 excursion season! These students are juniors and seniors at Kipp Denver Collegiate (KDC) that applied and interviewed with us to earn a spot as part of our River Ranger team. This year, three of the River Rangers are returning interns from last year’s program!
This year's Fall Stewardship Day was a success! Last Saturday, The Greenway Leadership Corps (GLC) had a blast helping out our South Platte River. We partnered with Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) and City Wild to connect 40 high school and middle school students from all around Denver to our river.
The day started with a historic trolley ride, conducted by our very own board member, Pete West! After being dropped off just North of the Mile High Stadium, we participated in an in-stream trash pick up. Our findings included 3 electric scooters, 10 wheels, a traffic cone, a fire extinguisher, a fire alarm, and pounds of miscellaneous trash.
We finished the day kayaking with City Wild down the Confluence rapids! Each participant getting multiple chances to master the art of paddling.
Thank you to all of our volunteers and partners who helped make our
GLC South Platte Stewardship Day so successful!