Parents & Teachers

Each year resource specialists on the GMUG National Forest collaborate with many teachers to provide hands-on activities, demonstrations, field trips, and other outdoor events to bring the value of our natural resources home to the next generations of  forest stewards. Water festivals, Earth Day activities, Outdoor Heritage Days, and classroom presentations are just a few of the ways we hope to engage the interest of children and teens to visit the GMUG National Forest and see for themselves what a cool place it can be! 

Fossil Talk by Forest Mineral Specialist

Forest Geologist shows students allosuarus bones

The GMUG Forest Mineral Specialists brought a few Allosaurus bones and teeth to a second grade class to discuss fossils and their importance in geologic history. The bones were collected at the Dry Mesa Quarry on the Uncompahgre National Forest.

Annual Fourth Grade Water Festival

Forester demos how vegetation holds in soil in the forest

A forester demonstrates to 4th graders how vegetation (sod in culverts) keeps soil from eroding into our waterways and contributes to healthy watersheds important to fish, wildlife and people.

FS explaing dust on snow theory of earlier snow melt


Forest hydrologists demonstrate how dark surfaces absorb more heat from a light than light surfaces. This experiment demonstrates how dust on snow creates a darker snow surfaces which absorbs more heat thus melting the snow faster than snow areas without dust. This is a simplified demonstration to explain the "Dust on Snow Studies" conducted by the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies in Silverton, Colorado.

Read all about it! Getting Wet! Fourth graders become water-wise during annual water festival


A River Model Demonstration

Children build their own river systems and decide what land uses  (dairy farms, corn fields, wetlands) they want next to their river.  Water is pumped through the model to demonstrate various hydrology principles like erosion, sedimentaion, thalwag, meander, wetland, point and non-point pollution sources and much more. Mostly, the kids just love playing in the water!  

More on Watersheds.....

collecting aquatic bugs

There are lots of bugs in there! Summer students turn over rocks and use kick nets to collect aquatic bugs.  Later the kids try to identify the classes of  insects  followed by a game of "Macro-invertebrate Mayhem." This was one mornings activity of a 3 day kid's camp sponsored by the Grand Valley Ranger District on the Grand Mesa.