2017 Seminars

The Friends of Florissant Fossil Beds, Inc. is offering five seminars focusing primarily on the Florissant Fossil Beds and the Pikes Peak region.  These seminars are one day long focusing on a variety of subjects such as geology, biology, the humanities, and paleontology.  The registration fee for each seminar is $25.00 per one-day seminar.  For more details call (719) 687-9204.  Reduced rates are available for members of the Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds, Inc.
Pre-Registration is required for all seminars.

Teachers can earn undergraduate and graduate credit through the Division of Extended Studies of Adams State University. Adams State charges $27.50 for a ½ graduate credit for a one -day seminar. BOCES recertification credit is available for $15.00 for ½ credit. Undergraduate credit will also be available.
Pre-registration is required.

If you are a member of the Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds, Inc. or wish to join now the seminar fee is $15.00  Seminar discounts are only available to current members or those who join with their seminar registration. If you are no longer a member, you may wish to renew. You can become a Friends member here.

You may register using the on-line registration link, or by mail by downloading the required forms below.
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Monday, July 10 – Fun and Facts: Primitive Skills
(9am – 5pm) 1 day seminar – Robin Blankenship

This seminar will explore major concepts of the Stone Age: survival and sustainability. No electricity! No cars! No groceries! Just how did the people who lived in the Stone Age do it? Join us to see how they actually lived. Rub two sticks together and make fire! Spin bark into rope and string. Identify wild plants that are good for food and making survival items. Learn to make a stone knife and other stone tools. Learn how to throw an Atl Atl, the ancient Mammoth spear of our ancestors. You will learn all of the basic skills required to live off the land without modern conveniences. You will review the many resources, including children’s books that are available for language arts lessons on the Stone Age. Teachers will learn many ways of using the information and skills with their students which will satisfy the Colorado Academic Standards.

Robin has done seminars for the Friends before but not recently. She will be presenting “Fun and Facts: Primitive Skills on July 10, 2017.Robin is the founder, owner and instructor for the Earth Knack School in Moffat, CO.  Robin received her BS in Education and MA in English Literature from CU Boulder. She is on the adjunct  faculty at Prescott College in Arizona, Antioch College in NH, Alfred University in NY, Sterling College in VT and Evergreen State in WA. She has taught ancestral skills in programs all over the country since 1992. She has authored two books:  “Earth Knack: Stone Age Skills for the 21st Century, “ and “How to Play in the Woods.”

Thursday, July 13 – Natural History of the Florissant Fossil Beds NM:
The Ecology of the Montane Life Zone
(9am-5pm) 1 day seminar – Dr. Boyce Drummond

The Florissant Fossil Beds is nestled in the Montane Life Zone, the middle of a layer cake of environments that stretches from the lowland grasslands of the eastern Plains to the wind-swept Alpine tundra above tree line. The Montane hosts an array of habitats that support hillside forests of Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir, flower strewn meadows fringed with Aspen, and streams and wetlands that punctuate this dryland habitat with oases of water loving plants and animals. This mid-summer seminar seeks to identify the patterns of nature among the rolling hills of Florissant by exploring the biological adaptations that make possible the rich diversity of the area’s flora and fauna. The participants will spend a good bit of the seminar in the field with a short introduction with some lecture and sharing of resource materials written by the presentor.

Dr. Drummond is an associate professor of organismal biology and ecology at Colorado College since 2007 and also a faculty affiliate in bio agricultural sciences and pest management at Colorado State University since 2002.He has over 38 years of experience teaching science. Including high school summer workshops, undergraduate college courses to both science and non-science majors, graduate level classes, Road Scholar groups, museum and park docents and the general public.  He is an accomplished research scientist with diverse field experience on 4 continents and with over 50 publications including books, journal articles and book reviews. He holds an MS in Zoology from the University of Texas and a PhD from the University of Florida in Zoology.

Wednesday, July 19 – Forests, Fires and Faucets:
How Forest Health and Wildfires Impact Water Supplies and Citizens
(9am – 5pm) 1 day seminar – Coalition for the Upper South Platte and US Forest Service

This seminar will explore the linkages between our forests and the water we depend upon for municipal supplies, agriculture and recreation in the arid West. The Coalition for the Upper South Platte, a nationally recognized watershed non-profit will examine these relationships with the participants and explain the science behind the forest to faucet connection. Participants will learn about Western watersheds and how the results of the Watershed Assessment for River Stability and Sediment Supply (WARSSS) was used in the Upper South Platte Watershed to implement remarkable recovery and restoration projects. A field trip during the seminar will include a tour of both pre-fire green-forest restoration sites and post fire restoration sites near Deckers, CO including Trail Creek, Chessman Reservoir and Horse Creek. CUSP (Coalition for the Upper South Platte) staff, as well as hydrologists and scientists from the U.S. Forest Service will lead the seminar.

CUSP – Coalition of the Upper South Platte – This seminar will be presented by a variety of people who work for CUSP plus people from the US Forest Service and other agencies who are environmental scientists and  hydrologists.

Tuesday, July 25 – The Volcanoes of South Park
(9am – 5pm) 1 day seminar – Dr. Emmett Evanoff and Dr. Herb Meyer

This field- based seminar will focus content on South Park, CO including the Florissant area which was covered by volcanic materials derived from volcanoes in the Guffy area and  from the Mount Princeton center of the Sawatch Range. The Guffy area was the center of a large stratovolcano that blocked the drainages of South Park. Huge ash clouds composed of extremely hot solids, liquids and gases flowed down the valleys flanking the Sawatch Range and covered much of South park several times in the Geologic past. This one day seminar will be field based except for an introduction to the geology and paleontology of the area  with a powerpoint presentation that will include the Thirty–nine Mile volcanic field and the batholith of Mount Princeton.

Dr. Evanoff is an Associate Professor at UNC in Greeley in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science and in the College of Natural and Health Science. He received his BS from the University of Wyoming in Geology, his MS from UC Boulder in Geology and his PhD from UC Boulder in Geology. He is a researcher, an instructor and a consulting geologist. He has authored and co-authored many research papers including some with Dr. Herb Meyer, paleontologist at the Florissant Fossil Beds NM.

Dr. Meyer  has been the Paleontologist for the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument since 1994. Hi is the author of “The Fossils of Florissant.” He co-authored, “Saved in Time: The Fight to Establish Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument with Estella Leopold. He received his undergraduate degree, his MS degree and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in Paleontology. He is on the Adjunct Faculty at UC Boulder, a Research Associate at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Instructor of Record at Adams State for the seminars sponsored by the Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds, Inc.

Thursday, August 3 – Introduction to Global Climate Change
(9am – 5 pm) 1 day seminar – Dr. Miro Kummel

This seminar includes 5 segments: (1) recent anthropogenic changes in the Earth’s climate (with examples from the Rockies and across the globe) including temperature and precipitation, sea ice extent and the rate of melting in Greenland and Antarctica; (2) the functioning of the Earth Climate System including the energy balance, atmospheric and ocean circulation, with hands-on exercises that can easily be brought into the K-12 classroom; (3) the concepts of radiative forcing and climate sensitivity to explore the ways in which humans are altering the energy balance of the planet, causing it to warm; (4) the role of natural ecosystems in regulating the concentration of greenhouse gasses with an emphasis on feedback; (5) how the recent human-caused climate change fits into the rich climate history of the planet.

Dr. Miro Kummel is an Associate  professor at Colorado College and serves as Chairman of the Environmental Program. He has been at Colorado College since 2006.  He was the Werner Professor of the Year at Colorado College in 2014.  He received his A.B. from Princeton and his PhD from the University of Michigan in Biology in 2003. He has done much research on what is happening to the tree line on Pikes Peak which is related to climate change.

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