2016 Climbing for Kids with Bigger Mountains to Climb

2016 Climbing for Kids

What: Each year we climb 14,000 feet to the summit of Mt. Bierstadt to honor children with much bigger mountains to climb

When: August 12th, 2016

Where: Mt. Beirstadt

Beneficiaries:Children’s Hospital Colorado Learning Services and Pediatric Mental Health Institute


Team Children’s


New Book on Ultrarunning and Training


Koop’s New Book, Training Essentials for Ultrarunning, Reveals His Unique Training Approach

When elite ultrarunners have a need for speed, they turn to coach Jason Koop. Now the sport’s leading coach makes his highly effective ultramarathon training methods available to ultrarunners of all abilities in his new book, Training Essentials for Ultrarunning. Koop’s book is now available in bookstores, running shops, and online. See a preview at velopress.com/koop.

Ultramarathoners have traditionally piled on the miles or tried an approach that worked for a friend. Yet ultramarathons are not just longer marathons; simply running more will not prepare you for the race experience you want. Ultramarathon requires a new and specific approach to training. Training Essentials for Ultrarunning will revolutionize training for those who want to race an ultramarathon instead of just gutting it out to the finish line.

Koop’s race-proven ultramarathon program is based on sound science, the most current research, and years of experience coaching the sport’s star runners to podium performances. Packed with practical advice and vetted training methods, Training Essentials for Ultrarunning is the new, must-have resource for first-timers and ultramarathon veterans.

Runners using Training Essentials for Ultrarunning will gain much more than Koop’s training approach:

* The science behind ultramarathon performance.

* Common ultramarathon failure points and how to solve them.

* How to use interval training to focus workouts, make gains, reduce injuries, and race faster.

* Simple, effective fueling and hydration strategies.

* Koop’s A.D.A.P.T. method for making the right decisions to solve a race-day crisis.

* How to plan your ultra season for better racing.

* Course-by-course coaching guides to iconic U.S. ultramarathons: American River 50, Badwater 135, Hardrock 100, Javelina 100, JFK 50, Lake Sonoma 50, Leadville 100, Vermont 100, Wasatch 100, and Western States 100.

* How to achieve your goal, whether it’s finishing or winning.

A revolution is coming to ultrarunning as ultramarathoners shed old habits and embrace the smarter methods that science and experience show are better. Featuring stories and advice from ultrarunning stars Dakota Jones, Kaci Lickteig, Dylan Bowman, Timothy Olson, and others who work with Koop, Training Essentials for Ultrarunning is the go-to guide for first-time ultrarunners and competitive ultramarathoners.

Call for Presentations—2016 NAAEE Conference and Research Symposium

NAAEE is seeking compelling proposals that inform environmental educators about proven practices; explore emerging issues in EE research; advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field; and motivate the pursuit of excellence.

Please help us spread the word by sharing this announcement with your professional networks.

Visit NAAEE.org/conference for information on submitting proposals or volunteering as a reviewer.



Experience Industry Management Conference and Research Retreat Updates

The Annual Experience Industry Management (EIM) Conference hosted by the Department of Recreation Management at BYU will take place March 29-30, 2016 in Provo, UT.

This three-day event brings together academics and professionals from a variety of fields and industries to talk about the provision of meaningful experiences. The conference also provides excellent networking opportunities for current students interested in experience industry related careers.

This year’s conference will features an excellent selection of experience design related speakers, workshops, and networking events. Announced speakers include:

A research retreat on Monday, March 28 precedes the conference. The day will provide researchers the opportunity to: generate and share research ideas by leading a roundtable discussion, share work in progress, and/or present completed research. The intent is to provide a setting different than a traditional research symposium by creating time and space for discussion of ideas. The hope is to bring a group of academics together who have a shared interest in studying and understanding experiences from the participant and provider perspective and who are eager to discuss ideas. We define experiences quite broadly and hope to attract a diverse array of researchers, research topics, and discussion areas. It will be a collaborative and intimate experience with ample opportunities for interaction.

For more information and to register visit: http://marriottschool.byu.edu/event/eimconf2016/home

The abstract submission deadline for the EIM Research Retreat is February 16th. See the attachment for more information.

Mat Duerden, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Recreation Management

Marriott School of Management

Brigham Young University


EIM CALL FOR ABSTRACTS (Research Retreat).docx

10th annual Colorado Environmental Film Festival: Attend, Volunteer, Spread the Word!


Please join me!!!! You can buy tickets in advance at certain Whole Foods stores. Visit www.ceff.net for locations and details.

Or volunteer:

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups for the 10th Annual Colorado Environmental Film Festival February 18-20, 2016.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/GaNPio

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact ceffchair and we can sign you up manually.



Environmental Education Instructors:

1) Spring Season (March 1, 2016 – May 31, 2016): 15 hours/week, college credit potential, additional perks

Our Spring interns work closely with the Program Coordinator to lead Field Trips, After School Garden Club, and Classroom Visits in our Children’s Peace Garden. The right candidate should have a passion for teaching young students about environmental stewardship, nutrition, respect for diversity, plants, creative self-expression, etc. We utilize hands on activities to teach students about organic gardening, the garden as the source of food, how to prepare simple meals, and the ecology of an organic garden. We will train and orient you on the different curriculum’s we have in place to teach the classes as well as effective teaching strategies to engage the students during the lessons. This position is ideal for someone interested in gaining experience as an educator in the Environmental Education field.

For the full description of responsibilities, expectations, perks, etc. please check the website.

2) Summer Season (May 15, 2016 – August 15, 2016): 30 hours/week, $625 stipend at the completion of the internship, additional perks

Our Summer interns work closely with the Program Coordinator to lead Summer Camps and Field Trips for the Children’s Peace Garden during the summer. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of three months previous teaching experience with elementary aged children. This can range from working at summer camps, before/after school programs, coaching, etc. The candidate should have a passion for teaching and working with younger students. We utilize hands on activities to teach students about organic gardening, the garden as the source of food, how to prepare simple meals, and the ecology of an organic garden. Most of the classes and trips take place during the regular week in the mornings and early afternoons.

For the full description of responsibilities, expectations, perks, etc. please check the website.

3) Full Season (March 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016): 40 hours/week, monthly stipend of $800, 1 week paid vacation, additional perks

Our Full Season interns spend the majority of their time leading Field Trips, After School Garden Club, Summer Camps, and Classroom visits for the Children’s Peace Garden. In addition to teaching in the Peace Garden, Full Season interns will be responsible for teaching in the Horticulture Therapy Program twice a month. During the Summer they will assist the Program Coordinator in mentoring the teens participating in the Cultiva Youth Project. Interns help teach teenagers about sustainable agriculture, leadership skills, entrepreneurial and life skills while working alongside the youth in the fields. In addition to this, interns will have the opportunity to learn about vegetable production while they work in the greenhouse and fields approximately two hours per week.

For the full description of responsibilities, expectations, perks, etc. please check the website.

Growing Internships:

Spring Growing Internship: see website

Full Season Growing Internship: see website

You can also view the detailed descriptions that are attached!

To apply:

The official application can be found on our website at francisco

Applications are due by February 1, 2016 although our goal is to have all the positions filled before this date. We will be filling positions as applications come in.

Please direct any questions to Francisco Di Poi

Francisco Di Poi

Program Coordinator

Growing Gardens

Boulder, Colorado


Cultivating community through sustainable urban agriculture



Environmental Education Instructor (Full Season) March – Oct 2016.pdf

Environmental Education Instructor (Spring) March – May 2016.pdf

Environmental Education Instructor (Summer) May-Aug 2016.pdf

Greenhouse and Garden Grower March – May 2016.pdf

Orchard and Farm Growing Intern March – Nov 2016.pdf

$250,000 to get kids into Parks! “Every Kid in a Park”

Today, it was announced that Outdoor Foundation and Outdoor Industry Association put $250,000 seed money into an online crowdsourcing funding opportunity. Please check it out and let your education and nonprofit partners know they can go to https://www.crowdrise.com/everykidinapark and upload their project proposal. This is a fantastic opportunity to find funds for transportation.

Good luck!!!

Here are the basics. There is more on the site:

Outdoor Industry Association and Outdoor Foundation and its partners will launch the Centennial Campaign with an initial investment of $250,000 – giving school and nonprofit partners a kick start to their fundraising efforts and challenging the outdoor industry and other sectors to join the campaign. As part of this commitment and to kick off the campaign, the Foundation will award $100 to the first 100 projects that sign up.

How It Works:
1. School and nonprofit partners register and create their campaign profile that describes their project and fundraising need.
2. Working with Outdoor Industry Association and Outdoor Foundation, partners promote their project by sharing a unique URL with potential funders.
3. In preparation for the park visit, partners should go to the ‘Every Kid in a Park’ website https://everykidinapark.gov to learn more about the initiative and download free park passes.
4. Once the fundraising goal is met, the partner is prompted to submit a few verification documents (i.e. w-9 and letter from participating school) to the Outdoor Foundation.
5. The Foundation will release funds within 30 days of receiving the information.
6. Every Kid in a Park becomes a reality!

1. Only schools and nonprofits are eligible.
2. The park experience must engage 4th graders.
3. The park experience must happen on participating federal lands and water in 2016. CLICK HERE to see all of the agencies and locations supporting Every Kid in a Park.
4. All funds should be used for direct park experience expenses.


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