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ESI: Ecosystem Investigations

Full Description

Become an EcoSystem Investigator and explore the foothills habitat. Study solar energy, examine skulls, inspect plants up close, and dig in the dirt to discover the role the sun, producers, consumers, and decomposers play in the ecosystem.

During this program, participants will investigate interactions between living and non-living things in the ponderosa pine ecosystem. They will discover how the sun functions as the main source of energy and the specific adaptations that allow organisms to meet their needs within the ecosystem. They will become stewards of the environment by learning at least one way that humans can positively impact an ecosystem. 

Program Logistics:

Grade level:  4th grade

(also good for 3rd or 5th grade)

Time: 10:15 am - 12:15 pm 

Length: 1.5 – 2 hours

Location: Lookout Mountain Nature Center & Preserve

Group Size: min.10 - max.120 participants

(groups with 35 or more participants will be split into two, three, or four smaller groups depending on total number of kids & adults.)

This program consists of three - four stations set up along our Forest Loop trail (.5 miles). Groups will rotate through each station.

Available: March - May

Bus Reimbursement:
Schools with 30% or more students on the Free & Reduced lunch program qualify to have their transportation costs reimbursed by the Jeffco Outdoors Foundation. Please let us know on your registration form if your school qualifies, we will send you additional information.

Note on session dates:
We have a limited number of dates available for this program. Once all sessions are full registration will close. We can only allow one school per date.

Due to our website, a session date may show as available even after a school has registered. Check the number under the 'Participants' column, if it shows zero then the date is still available. We will do our best to remove full session dates promptly.

If no dates are available, please email [email protected] to be put on a waitlist, spots may open up!

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