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Semesters at YES Club

YES(Young Environmental Stewards) club combines kids’ boundless energy, creativity, and curiosity with caring, supportive teachers, and an award-winning, hands-on science curriculum. Kids are encouraged to sample, handle, and perform experiments to develop an understanding of how ecosystems support human life. Field trips, guest speakers, service projects, and family days broaden students experiences. The semester culminates with a Student Research and Service Symposium at Colorado College, where students follow their own interests, applying what they have learned in a final project that will teach others or improve their community.  YES Club students become ecological stewards who develop a deeper understanding of their dependence on Earth’s ecosystems and the positive and negative impacts their choices can have, one system at a time!

YES participants spend an entire semester meeting after school once a week for two hours. We provide snacks, materials, field trips, guest speakers, educators and researchers that work with YES club members to discover leadership qualities, technology, and environmental science projects throughout the semester.

 

Aquatic Ecosystems

Water is one of our most limited and precious natural resources, and it allows life to thrive. This semester focuses on everything from water bugs and fishing to to hydroelectric power and how they’re all connected.

Semester Highlights

  • Fly Fishing
  • Catch Bugs in the Creek
  • Water Chemistry
  • Hydroelectric Power Experiments
  • Water Scarcity and Conservation
  • Animal Adaptations
  • Water Treatment Plant
  • Colorado River Guest Speakers
  • Service Projects

Aeroecology

Learn about all things that fly, flutter, and float in Earth’s atmosphere in this exciting semester. Birds, weather, and wind turbines are just a few of components of this semester’s study.

Semester Highlights

  • Kites for Weather
  • Why Wind Blows
  • Ladybugs & Microclimates
  • Ice Core Lab
  • Bird Hikes
  • Citizen Scientist Counts
  • Live Birds of Prey
  • Build Mini Wind Turbines
  • Bird Beak Adaptations
  • Service Projects

Fire Ecology

Wildfires are scary but natural parts of Colorado ecosystems. Burn damage and ecosystem recovery time are often dependent on our human actions. This semester focuses on forest and grass fire safety, fire wise landscaping, and fire restoration.

Semester Highlights

  • Wildland Firefighters
  • Fire Safety
  • Live Fire Fuel Experiments
  • Burning Matchstick Forest Density Lab
  • Burn Zone Field Trip
  • Tree and Animal Adaptations
  • Forest Restoration Work
  • Fire Base Tour Family Day
  • Service Projects

Underground Ecosystems

The dirt and rocks under our feet are critical for survival on our planet. Not only do they provide habitats for animals, but they are also essential for recycling matter, growing foods, and providing minerals for our daily activities.

Semester Highlights

  • Bats
  • Live Worms
  • Cave of the Winds Tour
  • Mine Tour
  • Composting
  • Top Soil & Erosion Work Day with RMFI or CUSP
  • Grow Cave Formations
  • Field Trips
  • Service Projects

Bi-yearly Science Symposium

Each YES semester wraps up with the completion of a project of the club’s choosing. Selecting the topic that most interested students, they can take action, complete research, or find a creative way to share what they’ve learned. The students present their projects to parents, other clubs, and community members at the Student Research and Service Symposium at Colorado College, held in December and April.

Event Highlights

  • Students present their original work and have the opportunity to view other clubs’ work and ideas.
  • Colorado College students introduce our 4th and 5th graders to college life with a campus tour.
  • Guest speakers share a final lesson about their work in the ecosystem focus.
  • Awards are presented to the groups–with the top award being the Environmental Steward Award for the group whose project had the greatest impact in the community.
  • We all celebrate the students and their budding work as ecological stewards!

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