2018 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 day long seminars cover a variety of subjects such as geology, biology, 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.

NOTE: The Seminars on Wildlife and Natural History and Ecology of Flammulated Owls involve traveling outside of Florissant Fossil Beds.  For insurance purposes, participants of those seminars must sign up to be members of the Friends of Florissant Fossil Beds.

You may register using the on-line registration link, or by mail by downloading the required forms below.
Register on-line here
Download Registration form here
Download Adams State Form
Download 2018 Flyer here
Download 2018 Seminar Brochure here


Astronomy and the Dark Skies of Florissant Fossil Beds, Saturday, June 9, 3:00 PM – 10:30 PM
This seminar will begin with a classroom session that provides a basic introduction to the field of astronomy. Presentation time will be mixed with hands on activities. Many of these activities will be helpful for teachers and/or leaders who are interested in presenting astronomy to groups. The last part of the seminar will be a night sky program. Participants will be able to make observations through telescopes that are provided by the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. This portion of the program is part of a monthly program that is open to the public.

Bruce Bookout is a professional astonomer and a professor at Pikes Peak Community College. He is an
active member of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. He is a co-host for the NPR radio show “Looking Up.” He organizes and leads night sky programs throughout the state for diverse audiences.
Wildlife Management in the Pikes Peak Region, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
This seminar explores the importance of wildlife management in the Pikes Peak region. The seminar will start with a classroom session on the reasons for managing certain species of animals in Colorado.
Mammals will be the main focus of the initial discussion and powerpoint. The second part of the seminar will be a field trip to various areas in the Pikes Peak region to see the effects of wildlife management. This program starts at Florissant Fossils Beds but travels offsite for a field trip. For insurance purposes (because of offsite travel), all participants must become a member of the Friends of Florissant Fossil Beds. You can become a Friends member here.

Tonya Sharp was a District Wildlife Manager for Colorado Division of Wildlife/Parks and Wildlife for 23 years. Her entire career was spent in the Pikes Peak area. She has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Wyoming. Since retiring in 2014, she has been active volunteering for Catamount Institute and specifically the E3 (Elevate Environmental Education) program in Woodland Park. Sharp also worked for USFS and taught high school math and science.
Geology Camp for Adults, Thursday, June 28, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
This seminar provides an introduction to basic geology concepts and to the geology of the Florissant Fossil Beds NM. This seminar provides hands-on activities for how to teach these concepts to upper elementary students. This seminar is ideal for anyone who in interested in learning the basics of geology and finding ways to share this information with others. Some of the concepts covered will be: the structure of Earth and plate tectonics. Most of the seminar will be outside. We will hike the new Geologic Trail in the Monument and the Petrified Forest Loop. Participants must be able to hike at least 2 miles. A short trip to a private quarry will allow participants to look for fossils

Ricardo Escobar is an Education Specialist at Petrified Forest National Park. Ricardo was a “Geoscientist in the Park” intern at the Florissant Fossil Beds NM in 2017. He is a graduate of the MOSAICS in Science Diversity Internship Program. During his internship with MOSAICS, he designed a geology/paleontology camp for upper elementary school students which is being held this summer at Florissant Fossil Beds NM. Ricardo earned a B.S. in Geology from CalState at LA. He received his M.S. in Geology from Western Washington University. He also worked in an elementary after school program in Los Angeles where he worked with diverse audiences.
The Impact of Insects In Our Natural and Human World, Monday, July 9, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Insects are the foundation of food webs, responsible for the pollination of most plants, and play roles in seed dispersal, and decomposition of decaying organic matter, to name but a few of their “ecological services.” Participants in this workshop will discover examples of these relationships with other organisms, learn the principals of insect identification, and take home an array of resources for themselves and their students. The information presented can be applied to personal decisions in pest management, in the classroom, in school landscaping and gardening, out in the field, and beyond. Classroom audiovisual presentations will be complemented by field outings.
Eric Eaton is a writer trapped in an entomologist’s body. He is principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, contributor to additional books, and has published articles in Birds & Blooms, Ranger Rick, Missouri Conservationist, Orion, and several other popular periodicals. He has worked as an entomologist for the Cincinnati Zoo, Chase Studio, Inc., and University of Massachusetts (Amherst); and on private contract for the Smithsonian, and West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. He grew up in Portland, Oregon and has lived in Cincinnati, Ohio and Tucson, Arizona before moving to Colorado Springs where he resides with his wife, Heidi.
Natural History and Ecology of Flammulated Owls , Thursday, July 12, 2018, 5PM – 12:30 AM, Dr. Brian D. Linkhart

NOTE: This seminar is full
Flammulated Owls, tiny raptors that hide in the shadows of ponderosa pines by day and fly as silently as a breeze on starlit summer evenings, were little known for more than a century. But the results of more than 30 years of study have shed light on the ecology and habitat of the sensitive owl, with the aim of assisting in the development of conservation plans for forest ecosystems containing this and other sensitive animals. Participants in the field-based course will learn about the natural history and ecology of the owl, and will participate in a nocturnal adventure into territories of owls in an attempt to hear whispers of its territorial song, observe its nesting behaviors, and possibly attempt captures of adult owls. Participants should be prepared to take short to moderate hikes over steep, forested terrain, in a landscape illuminated only by soft starlight (and your headlamp), and may have the opportunity to experience close encounters with several forest creatures, including owls. Previous knowledge of ecology and bird identification is helpful but not mandatory. This course is especially suitable for science teachers or those with an interest in ornithology, ecology, or field biology. This program is at the Manitou Experimental Forest in Woodland Park, Colorado. For insurance purposes (because of offsite travel), all participants must become a member of the Friends of Florissant Fossil Beds. You can become a Friends member here.

Dr. Brian D. Linkhart is Associate Professor of Biology at Colorado College, where he teaches several field courses in ornithology, ecology, and field biology. He was a seasonal research biologist for the U.S. Forest Service for 18 years, and has taught summer field seminars on forest ecology since 1986. Over the past 35 years, Brian has conducted research on the ecology of several sensitive, threatened, and endangered birds in grassland and forest ecosystems. Since 1981, he has been supervising research crews studying the demography and habitat of Flammulated Owls on the Manitou Experimental Forest in central Colorado. This study, one of the longest running investigations of population ecology of birds in the U.S., is providing insight into how Flammulated Owls may be affected by environmental changes due to factors such as habitat alteration and climate change.

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