Our Greenway Leadership Corps (GLC) adventures took us to Ft. Collins to discover what Colorado State University (CSU) and their Environmental Learning Center (ELC) has to offer college students.
The ELC is located on 300 acres of woodland and prairie, and works to connect people with nature through environmental education. We were lucky to have two CSU students as our educators–Aaron and Claire–who are studying at the Warner College of Natural Resources at CSU.
We started the day with a test of trust in our teammates and our leadership skills. After lining up along a rope we placed blindfolds over our eyes and set out to guide each other along a natural challenge course. After our daunting teambuilder concluded, we were ready to use our sight to help us conquer the next challenge.
The team at ELC had already placed flags around the woods and gave us a map with the locations of the flags, a compass, and a lesson on orienteering. When the whistle blew, all teams ran in opposite directions in search of orange flags. Some teams used their new orienteering skills while others leaned on good luck!
After our adventures through the woods we learned about and practiced stewardship by picking up trash and pulling up mullein, an invasive species found throughout Colorado. Mullein can overtake and displace native plants, and will take over areas when left unattended.
Congratulations and a big THANK YOU to Revesco Properties for being the first private sector business in Colorado to invest in Gutter Bins! The Water Connection introduced Revesco to the innovative Gutter Bin stormwater filtration device which, thanks to Revesco and Gutter Bin inventor Frog Creek Partners, will be installed at the new Meow Wolf site in Denver. This is the intended first phase of a roll out of gutter bins throughout The River Mile. These bins will capture trash and sediment before it enters the South Platte River.
Every year, local governments, nonprofit organizations and the Mile High Flood District spend over $1.5 million removing trash from the South Platte River by hand, one piece at a time. Much of that trash finds its way to our waterways through Denver’s storm drains. The Water Connection is thrilled to tap into this innovative technology to capture and remove the pollution before it reaches our waterways, and we’re grateful to our partner Revesco Properties for being a leader in waterway protection, and for prioritizing the South Platte River.
Thank you to Revesco Properties for taking a stand for the health of our River!