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Ask a Naturalist: Where were the apples this fall?

Ask a Naturalist: Where were the apples this fall?

Fall is a season for harvest and high time to be picking apples from our Colorado orchards as the nighttime temperatures have started to dip into freezing and the bears are raiding fruit trees for leftovers. But where are the apples in Sondermann park this year? We

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Why Give!? Top 6 Reasons

Why Give!? Top 6 Reasons

During the months of November and December in the Pikes Peak region, the seasons change from fall to winter. But it is also a special time of year for 75 local nonprofits including Catamount Institute. We were honored to be selected as one of 2017 Give! the

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What YES Club members are saying

What YES Club members are saying

As the YES Club Coordinator, I sometimes get bogged down by all the details and behind-the-scenes prep that goes into YES Clubs. I worry that it puts too much stress on the teachers, and when I don’t see children for a while I begin to forget just

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Field Trip Update

Field Trip Update

When I joined the Catamount Institute in March, I had the pleasure of teaching I have now been back to field trips experiencing what it is like running field trips myself, and the program continues to grow. Just this fall (late August until now), Catamount Institute Field

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Students Study Local Wildfires

Students Study Local Wildfires

    Ten students piled into a Catamount Institute van after school in the chilly mist and headed over to the Flying W Ranch, chattering happily and eating their snacks. Flying W Ranch was a staple of the Colorado Springs community. Originally a working cattle ranch, in

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Catamount Institute turns 20!

Catamount Institute turns 20!

20 Years ago Julie Francis and Howard Drossman had the incredible vision to found the organization Catamount Institute. With the goal of bringing high-quality environmental education to youth, the organization has grown to educate over 8,000 students each year in the Pikes Peak Region. On September 24th, 2017 staff, board, volunteers,

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Outdoor Classroom Adventures

Outdoor Classroom Adventures

The Elevate Environmental Education (E3) Program in the Woodland Park School District is extending its reach to students well beyond traditional education standards.  Recently the Fourth Graders have spent several weeks mastering the uses of compasses.  In one class, the students played games trying to mimic the

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Ask a Naturalist: Mysterious Red in the Creek

Ask a Naturalist: Mysterious Red in the Creek

The next time you take a stroll along a tree-shaded Colorado creek, like the one near our offices in Sondermann Park, take a moment to peer into the water. Are there bright red or pink tendrils waving under the water in the current, reaching out from the

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Water & Leave no trace

Water & Leave no trace

Recent events regarding fecal matter have landed Colorado Springs on national news; I don’t want to discuss that particular situation, but with Creek Week ending this past weekend, I felt that it was timely to write a blog. The issue of dung management is directly tied to

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Rafting + Camp = Adventure!

The 2017 Wilderness Adventure Campers woke up around 6 am on a damp Thursday morning in August. After a night of sleeping in shelters, they built themselves, deep in the woods. The campers were ready for their next and final adventure: an overnight whitewater rafting trip with

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