Resources for Educators
We’ve been inspiring environmental stewardship through education for nearly 20 years! Yampatika supports educators in NW Colorado with an array of affordable, and free, science-based, cultural and natural history resources.
The Latest in Environmental Literacy
Environmental Literacy Programs are the future of environmental education. Yampatika has developed a model program which reflects movements within ALL education to promote 21st century skills, like: critical thinking, collaboration, and connection with community and the natural environment. Yampatika’s Environmental Literacy Program supports educators in teaching common core curriculum and improving student performance overall.
Type of Resource
- Environmental Literacy Program
- Yampatika’s Environmental Learning Center at Legacy Ranch
- Discovery Boxes, Specimens, & Tools for Observation
- Classroom Programs
- Field Trip Programs
- Service Programs
- Curriculum Support
- Educator Workshops/Certification Programs
Grade Level(s): Preschool, Kindergarten through 5th Grade, 6th Grade and beyond.
Preschool: Yampatika can provide preK programming on any science or natural history subject upon request. Because preschool age can children vary tremendously in development and academic understanding Yampatika has no pre-set menu of programming. Instead we tailor each program to align with your students’ abilities and interests, and with your goals.
Kindergarten – 5th Grade: Environmental Literacy Program by grade-level, Adaptations, Animals, Aquatic Wild, Archaeology, Architecture, Bats, Bears, Beavers, Birds, Botany, Geology, Fire, Flying Wild, Food Chain, Fossils, Habitats, Human Impact, Mapping, Owls, Pine Beetle, Plants, Pollution, Project Learning Tree, Project Wild, Rocks & Minerals, Senses, Skulls, Tracking, Water Ecology, Water Quality, Watersheds, Wildflowers, Wildlife; or, request something—we’ll tailor a program to meet the your needs!
6Th Grade & beyond Yampatika offers any of our hands-on, Discovery Boxes, Specimens, & Tools for Observation, i.e. Skull ID Sets or binoculars, FREE of charge, for use with any age group. We currently collaborate with Rocky Mountain Youth Corps for 6th Grade Science School and we are working on a plan to ensure that the Environmental Literacy Program reaches middle and high school students. Students ages 12 and over all also welcome on our winter,Full Moon Snowshoe Tours.
Contact 970-871-9151 or email us for more information, pricing and/or funding, and scheduling.
Environmental Literacy Program
This program is a 3-part, sequential series that supports core curriculum for K-5 students. The themes were self-selected by a teacher task-force and are aligned with CSAP Standards. The 3 components are:
- In-class introduction to subject
- Field trip (place-based) session intended to connect students and topic with their public lands/natural environment
- Service-session designed to connect students and topic with community
Environmental Literacy Program Topics:
TEACHERS: Please click on the name of your program to access the teacher notes.
Discovery Boxes, Specimens, & Tools for Observation
Yampatika has a variety of portable resources available for reservation for FREE. These boxes contain an educator’s curriculum guide with lesson plans, activities, books, videos, puppets, games, posters, and specimens. We also have a large library of loaner-specimens, including: study skins, full mounts, skulls and articulated skeletons, ornithology, native plant, noxious weed, rock/mineral, and fossil collections. We can lend tools for observation, including: magnifying glasses, basic microscopes, binoculars, butterfly and aquatic invertebrate nets, and more. We can tailor specimens and materials to suit your needs. ALL are available for use in your classroom, FREE of charge.
To reserve Tread of Pioneers Museum Discovery Kits contact 970-879-2214 or email store manager.
Yampatika Naturalists can come into your classroom to deliver an interactive and memorable program on any science, cultural or natural history topic. In many cases these programs are sponsored by Yampatika’s funding partners, allowing us to offer them at no cost to you. These programs vary from year to year. Our program quality and value are always high.
Field Trip Programs
Yampatika Naturalists can meet your students for a place-based education experience. Many of our programs have components which can be classroom-based, held at Yampatika’s Environmental Learning Center, and/or on public lands. These include: The Environmental Literacy Program, Teaching Environmental Science Naturally (TENS), and storm water workshops. Field programs help connect students with topics, the natural environment, and community. These programs vary from fee-based to fully-funded. Field Trip Sites include:
- Yampatika’s Environmental Learning Center at Legacy Ranch
- State Parks & Wildlife Areas, including: Chuck Lewis, Stagecoach Lake, Steamboat Lake State Park, Pearl Lake, & Yampa River State Parks.
- Locations throughout Medicine Bow – Routt National Forests, including: Dry Lake, Dumont Lake, Fish Creek Falls, Windy Ridge, Mad Creek, and Buffalo Pass.
- City Parks and Open Spaces, including: Yampa River Core Trail, Yampa River Botanic Park, Emerald Mountain, and Howelsen Hill.
- The Nature Conservancy’s Carpenter Ranch in Hayden; and, Cedar Mountain in Moffat County.
Yampatika currently offers service-learning opportunities for students grades K-5 within our Environmental Literacy Program.
Curriculum support comes in many formats and can be overwhelming. Yampatika previews curricula, teacher guides, and links before recommending them so you can trust they are accurate and easy to use.
More coming soon…
Educator Workshops/Certification Programs
Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Flying WILD, and Project Learning Tree are K-12 curricula and certification programs sponsored by our partners, Colorado Parks & Wildlife and Colorado State Forest Service, respectively. Workshops are conducted locally and regionally by teachers’ requests. A minimum of 6 teachers is required. Credit may be offered through Northwest Colorado BOCES and/or Mesa State College. Scholarships may be available. Teachers who complete the certification course will receive their own copies of curriculum guides. There are 2 copies available county-wide upon request..