The Greenway Leadership Corp (GLC) had a blast road tripping to Ft. Collins to learn about stewardship with the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) at Colorado State University. ELC is located on 100 acres of woodland and prairies, working to connect people with nature through environmental education. Aaron and Ally, two students at CSU, taught us the basics of orienteering in nature. Students were split up into three teams and tested their skills with a race to find all the orange flags hidden in the forest. We saw some great teamwork and orienteering to find all 10 flags!
After running around the forest, it was time to learn about how to be stewards of our environment. We cleaned up trash along hiking trails and removed invasive species, such as Common Mullein. After lunch, the ELC led a mock stakeholders meeting, during which students discussed opinions and options about a new wastewater treatment plant that needed to be built. Through much back and forth, GLCers were able to see how shareholders can work together to come to a common solution, and to help build a sustainable future.
On campus, we were lucky enough to get a behind the scenes tour of CSU, including a peek at their newly renovated Warner College of Natural Resources building, the Lory Student Center, and the Rec Center. We couldn’t have asked for better tour guides. It was so fun spending the day with CSU students who love their school and their majors in Environmental Science.
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Come practice archery at Barr Lake State Park in December, learn to snowboard at Ruby Hill in January, and join us at the Colorado Film Festival in February!