from Summer of 2015

Stay-tuned for upcoming Valley Floor programming, here is a preview:

Adults and high school students are invited to join Telluride Institute this summer on the Valley Floor, for a series of 6 FREE Wednesday morning classes about the natural and human history of the Telluride Valley Floor, our beautiful gateway gem!  These courses will serve as a great prelude to students who may be interested in taking the dual-accredited field-based intensive Valley Floor Living Classroom in the summer of 2016, or may be taken just for the sake of learning about and exploring our beautiful back yard.  You need not participate in every class!  Classes will begin Wednesday July 1st, and run weekly, Wednesday mornings, until August 5th.  Please meet at 8:30 am at Carhenge each morning to walk or carpool to the field sites.  Questions?  Laura Kudo (970)729-1098 See poster below for more information!

Week Six – Wednesday August 5th
VFLC Preview presents Wildlife! Ungulates (Hoofed Mammals) and PredatorsMeet at Carhenge at 8:30AM, then carpool (or ride bikes!) to the Shell station.

We will begin with an introduction of the past, present and future Valley Floor monitoring of animal species by Barry Rhea, environmental consultant.  We will learn about resident animals living around the beaver ponds and prairie dog colonies, their interconnection and how human and natural influences might affect population numbers and movement.  Wildlife biologists Mark Caddy and Curtis Keetch will share with us about the nature of their work and engage us with hands-on activities– looking at animal skulls, pelts, etc.  If lucky, we will be able to observe the nearby resident elk herd and other wildlife.

To Bring: Long pants and shirt for sun and bug protection, backpack with sunblock, sun hat, water bottle, snack, raincoat, and bug spray. Also be sure to wear good walking shoes. (Clipboards and binoculars will be available.)

Please call or text Laura with any questions, and check the website for updates the night before! 970.729.1098

Valley Floor Living Classroom Photo and video Gallery:

Week 1 (July 1):  History and Future of the Valley Floor

Week 2 (July 8):  Wildlife!  Birding and Prairie Dogs with Ramona Gaylord.

Week 3 (July 15):  Hydrology and Water Quality

Week 4 (July 22):  Vegetation and Plant Communities

Week 5 (July 29):  Geology, Life Zones, and Climate

Week 6 (August 5):  Wildlife! Ungulates (Hoofed Mammals) and Predators