Elks support watershed education
Dear Editor:The Roaring Fork Conservancy would like to whole-heartedly thank Aspen Elks Lodge No. 224 for its overwhelming support of our Watershed Education programs over the past four years.With these critical funds the Roaring Fork Conservancy has reached thousands of students and adults with courses in riparian ecology, river chemistry, aquatic wildlife and watershed studies. These classes are designed to improve the watershed literacy of our residents, allowing them to become more informed citizens when it comes to water issues. Some of the educational highlights over the past four years include: More than 600 field trips and classes with local schools focusing on water issues, A schoolwide, eight-week watershed study at Aspen Community School, Integration of river outdoor education trips with academic standards at Aspen Middle and Carbondale Community schools, Expanded watershed education programs for adults, including field trips, tours, hikes and river floats, and A heightened awareness of river and water issues in our valley. With the consistent support of organizations like the Aspen Elks Lodge, our valley citizens are more informed on our most critical natural resource – our water.Thank to the Elks Lodge for making a huge difference in water education in our valley!Tim O’Keefeeducation directorRoaring Fork Conservancy
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