3.5 hrs (including lunch); year round
Students contribute to a riparian ecosystem sketch, then hike to explore a real river ecosystem including: food webs, natural processes at work, reporting to others about 1 of 4 different communities. They also interact, hands-on, with a flood table to experience erosion, deposition, and river evolution.
90+ min; 2nd week of Apr. through 2nd week of Oct.
Life underwater isn’t for every creature. To survive you need special features or you’ll end up feeding other creatures! Students wade the river to find aquatic animals. They use nets and search under rocks to discover and capture dozens of creatures, sort them to find their place in the food web, and observe the adaptations they use to survive underwater.
90 mins; last 2 weeks of Apr. - first 2 weeks of Oct. (or discuss weather options with staff)
Students act out the adventures of some of Colorado’s early fortune seekers, then pan for gold and garnets as the early settlers did. Hear of the adventures of Colorado’s earliest fortune seekers and the impact of gold on Colorado history, and trace the geography and geology of Denver’s river.