Tag Archives: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend

Girl Scouts painted state parks green! Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) teamed up with the National Association of State Park Directors to host Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend. More than 30,000 Girl Scouts across 48 states (and Puerto Rico) were expected to visit nearly 400 state parks July 13 and 14, 2019 to find adventure, explore nature, and learn what Girl Scouts is all about. Girl Scouts of Colorado partnered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to offer nearly 500 local Girl Scouts, along with their friends and family, special events/activities at ten state parks. They included:

  • Barr Lake, Brighton
  • Castlewood Canyon, Franktown
  • Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs
  • Lake Pueblo, Pueblo
  • Lory, Bellevue
  • Mueller, Divide
  • Ridgway, Ridgway
  • Rifle Falls, Rifle
  • Staunton, Pine
  • Sylvan Lake State Park , Eagle

Activities at each park varied, but many included fly fishing, ranger-led hikes, making nature crafts, learning about Leave No Trace, sing-alongs, disc golf, and geocaching.

Events nationwide offered Girl Scout families the opportunity to experience the outdoors, an integral part of GSUSA’s girl leadership program. Our cutting-edge environmental conservation; camping; and outdoor science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming is rooted in a passion for adventure and healthy risk-taking combined with taking action to protect the environment for present and future generations.

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend is July 13-14

Let’s paint Colorado State Parks Girl Scout green! Girl Scouts of Colorado and Colorado Parks and Wildlife have teamed up for Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend July 13-14, 2019.

Share your love of the great outdoors and get to know your local state park with events in state parks across Colorado. Girls can attend as part of a troop or with their family – it’s the perfect opportunity to take advantage of warm summer weather, spend time in nature, and get inspired for future outdoor adventures. Girl Scouts who participate will earn an exclusive patch.

Activities at each park will vary, but may include:

  • Ranger programs
  • Guided hikes
  • Nature Center tours
  • Opportunities to explore what makes each park unique- interpretive trails, waterfalls, animal programs, epic views, and more!
  • Overnight camping (Girl Scout groups are responsible for reserving a site on their own)
  • Girl Scout booth at the park visitor center where you can learn about Leave No Trace ethics to reduce your impact on nature, pick up a nature scavenger hunt card, and other fun activities!

GSCO will send a park specific flyer to all who have RSVP’ed by Monday, July 8.

Participating State Parks

Park entrance fees of $8/car apply. This is not a drop-off event; girls must attend as part of a troop or with their family.

RSVP here to reserve your space and receive updated event information and reminders emailed out prior to the event.

Don’t forget to share the fun on social media! Be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado on FacebookTwitter, and  Instagram and use  #gsoutdoors and #gscolo. You can also share your story and photos on the GSCO Blog using the Share Your Stories form.

Questions? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Download the event flyer.

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend

Girl Scouts love getting outside, especially in Colorado! Girl Scouts of Colorado and Colorado Parks and Wildlife have teamed up for Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend July 13-14, 2019.

Share your love of the great outdoors and get to know your local state park with events in state parks across Colorado. Girls can attend as part of a troop or with their family – it’s the perfect opportunity to take advantage of warm summer weather, spend time in nature, and get inspired for future outdoor adventures. Girl Scouts who participate will earn an exclusive patch (details to come).

Activities at each park will vary, but may include

  • Ranger programs
  • Guided hikes
  • Nature Center tours
  • Opportunities to explore what makes each park unique- interpretive trails, waterfalls, animal programs, epic views, and more!
  • Overnight camping (Girl Scout groups are responsible for reserving a site on their own)
  • Girl Scout booth at the park visitor center where you can learn about Leave No Trace ethics to reduce your impact on nature, pick up a nature scavenger hunt card, and other fun activities!

Participating State Parks

  • Barr Lake, Brighton – July 13
  • Castlewood Canyon, Franktown – July 13
  • Staunton, Pine  – July 14
  • Lory, Bellevue – July 14
  • Ridgeway, Ridgeway – July 13
  • Rifle Falls, Rifle – July 14
  • Lake Pueblo, Pueblo – July 13
  • Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs – July 13
  • Mueller, Divide – July 14
  • Sylvan Lake State Park , Eagle – July 14

Park entrance fees of $8/car apply. This is not a drop-off event; girls must attend as part of a troop or with their family.

RSVP here to reserve your space and to receive updated event information and reminders emailed out prior to the event.

Don’t forget to share the fun on social media! Be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado on FacebookTwitter, and  Instagram and use  #gsoutdoors and #gscolo. You can also share your story and photos on the GSCO Blog using the Share Your Stories form.

GS state parks flyer

Archery at Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Multi-Level Troop 65659 invited several other area troops to participate in an archery clinic at Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The Schools and Outdoor Learning Environments (SOLE) program connects kids and their families to the outdoors!

16 Girl Scouts ranging from Brownie to Senior participated in the clinic, where they learned about the parts of a bow and safety rules in a classroom before heading to the range. Many of the girls had never tried archery before. They had a great time and learned how they can continue to pursue archery at state parks.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Bailey Stokes, Buena Vista, “Teaching in the Outdoors”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

In order to earn my Gold Award and make a difference in my community, I decided to make outdoor-based lesson plans for the use of teachers in schools across the state. I achieved this by making boxes that had lesson plans for eight to ten outdoor lessons, along with all the materials a teacher would need to complete them. The boxes also included a small tri-fold presentation board on the subject for student reference. I made two sets of three boxes covering three different subjects: investigations, habitat, and adaptations. The boxes are designed to meet the education standards for fourth grade science, but they can be adapted to be used with any age group. The goal of my project was to provide teachers with an easy and convenient way to bring outdoor education into their classrooms, because outdoor education provides students with many physical and mental benefits.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

The first step of my project was to go spend a day at my local elementary school teaching a couple of my lessons to a fourth grade class in order to determine what worked with students and what did not. In the day that I spent at the elementary school, I impacted 70 students. When the school year starts, I expect to impact around 500 students a year through the constant use of my project.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

My project will be sustained by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. There are two sets of my boxes and they are being kept at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices in Pueblo and Salida. The people at the offices will help ensure that my boxes are staying in good condition throughout their use. They will also help ensure that the boxes are going out into classrooms year after year.

Another way that my project will continue to impact the community after my involvement is through the help of the teachers that use my boxes. They will hopefully continue to use my boxes year after year, and they will also help spread the word about my project through the teaching community. I have also had teachers tell me that they want to recreate my boxes for their own communities.

What is your projects global and/or national connection?

Instead of finding a way to make it so that teachers across the country could use my boxes, I decided to focus on encouraging other people to take action like I did. I wrote an informational paper about the importance of outdoor education and why it should be incorporated into schools. I did this in hopes that I would inspire other people to take action. There are also two sets of my boxes that are being stored in two separate locations so that they can be accessible for more teachers across the state.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I can accomplish anything that I put my mind to, and I learned that I am capable of making a difference. I also learned that I have what it takes to be a teacher one day, and I grew an even bigger passion for education. During this project, I also gained a lot of confidence in myself and my abilities.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

My Gold Award gave me hands-on experience in the field that I am wanting to enter. I am currently studying to be a teacher at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and this project gave me valuable classroom experience. What I learned through this project will help me as I continue to pursue my dream of becoming a teacher.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout Experience?

I have been a Girl Scout since I was in the first grade. In that time, I have been actively involved in many different Girl Scout activities, however, earning my Gold Award was the most valuable part of my Girl Scout experience. Not only did I have the opportunity to make a difference in my community, I also gained a lot of confidence and career experience. Earning my Gold Award was a life changing experience that showed me that I am able to accomplish anything I put my mind to. It was a lot of work, but in the end it was definitely a valuable part of my Girl Scout experience and I am extremely glad that I did it.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

During this project, my leadership skills greatly improved. I stepped out of my comfort zone by leading people who weren’t my peers. My project may have impacted the community, but it also helped me become a stronger leader which is a trait I will need for the rest of my life. This project also helped me become a go-getter. I took action and I accomplished an amazing achievement that I am extremely proud of.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Hometown Hero donation to Colorado Parks and Wildlife game wardens

Submitted by Laura Hopkins

Metro Denver

Littleton

The Cadettes of Troop 60074 decided to make game wardens (wildlife officers) in the Colorado Parks and Wildlife division one their Hometown Heroes this year! Since most of the game wardens don’t work out of an office, the girls delivered the Girl Scout Cookies as a surprise during their monthly regional staff meeting. The game wardens were so happy to get cookies! Their supervisor told us that no one had ever given them cookies in the 14 years she’d been there! We were so glad the girls chose to give them some cookie love! The game wardens loved them back with goodie bags filled with stuffed animals in Colorado Parks and Wildlife t-shirts, prairie bird identification books, Colorado wildlife identification books, and calendars. It felt so great to pick some Hometown Heroes that don’t get much recognition!

The girls also donated cookies to the park rangers and volunteers at Barr Lake State Park, and the staff at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife SOLE (Schools & Outdoor Learning Environments) program. All these Hometown Heroes were great choices, especially since our troop is busy working on our “Outdoor” Journey!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.