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2018 Pollinator Summit

Colorado Pollinator Summit - Building Living Landscapes

The third annual Colorado Pollinator Summit convened by the Colorado Pollinator Network brings together nationally and regionally recognized pollinator experts to present and discuss strategies for protecting and managing land to support pollinators in Colorado. This Summit is designed for organizations, agencies, businesses, professionals, educators, growers, land managers, researchers and volunteers actively working to conserve and protect pollinators and their habitats.

Colorado Pollinator Network was established in 2016, with a mission to bring organizations together to work collaboratively to conserve, protect and create pollinator habitat while educating communities across the state of Colorado to protect our pollinators. The Network allows for organizations and individuals throughout Colorado to collaborate to make a positive impact on the health of our state pollinators. This group shares information about the best practices, resources and knowledge to support education initiatives, conservation, restoration and creation of habitat and research on pollinators in the state.

 

$40, includes all programming and lunch

 

 

Plenary Session

 

9:15-10 a.m.

Living Landscapes for Human Health and Wellbeing

Since ancient times, people believed that nature held restorative power, and this belief helped drive the development of our great urban park systems in the 19th century. At the same time, the industrial revolution relied on a functional view that the value of nature consists of the material resources we extract. This talk shares a burgeoning new field of research that has come into its own with the beginning of the 21st century. Accumulating evidence reveals that our health relies on the natural world for more than material goods: We require elements of nature like trees and gardens around us for multiple dimensions of our happiness and the performance of daily tasks. A number of studies show that people benefit from biodiversity, specifically, in their surroundings. This evidence challenges us to rethink how we communicate the value of pollinators and the living landscapes on which we, as well as other species, depend for our wellbeing.

 

10-10:45 a.m.

The Natural History of Colorado s Native Bees: Informing conservation through ecological research

Native bees are arguably some of Colorado s most important pollinators and while they have captured the attention of both scientists and citizens alike, remain somewhat poorly understood. Because native bees are extremely diverse, their conservation poses a multifaceted problem, requiring a great deal of knowledge about not only their diversity, but also their biologies, natural histories and distributions. Fortunately, with one of the most diverse bee faunas in the US, Colorado has a long history of research on native bee ecology, evolution and diversity. However, comprehensive studies on bee communities across space and time in Colorado are rare and make determining the status of local bee community dynamics difficult.

Dr. Adrian Carper, studying Colorado s native bees through the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, has a unique view into the role of research in pollinator conservation here in Colorado. He will review some of the history of Colorado bee research, identify areas in need of future research and summarize his contemporary research aimed at understanding how human land-use practices impact wild bee communities. In addition, he will use examples from his and other research to explore how building ecological knowledge, both within the scientific community and the public, can help inform wild bee conservation in Colorado and beyond.

 

11-11:45 a.m.

Designing for Diversity with Urban Pollinators

Much of the current momentum behind saving the bees is directed towards honey bees; they are the poster child for the bee movement, but only represent a small portion of our bees. With 950+ species in Colorado alone, we need to diversify our efforts, especially in urban areas where the diversity of pollinator habitat brings additional benefits to many ecosystems. Cities are a mosaic, and our integrative efforts must account for existing land uses of all types, including underutilized parts of the city. This summer, CU Boulder ENVD students installed the first of many parking lot habitats for native bees on city lots, and are testing theories to derive best management and planting practices. This talk will cover why parking lots can be a turning point for pollinator habitat, transferable practices any city can engage in, the necessity of partnerships and media, and how innovative curriculum adaptations are helping to change the landscape of academia and practice.

 

11:45-12:30 p.m.

Colorado State Agency Panel   Building Pollinator Habitat on State Lands

As the second largest landowner next to the federal government, there is great potential to manage Colorado state-owned lands in a way that protects and enhances habitat for pollinators. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Parks & Wildlife (CPW) are innovating approaches to pollinator habitat management by revising policies, maintenance practices and by building public private partnerships. Learn about this important work, including a special report on the pilot I-76 Pollinator Highway planting project in Julesburg from state department leaders Michael Banovich, CDOT Landscape Architecture Section Manager, Madeleine West, DNR Deputy Director and a representative of CPW.

 

Breakout Session Panels

1:30-3 p.m.

 

Planting the Seeds of Change: Educating stewards of tomorrow

To increase awareness of pollinators and their importance in our lives, it is necessary to connect with audiences of all ages through diverse forms of outreach. These speakers share effective ways to excite people about pollinators in schools, museums and their own yards.

  • Louise Chawla, Ph.D, University of Colorado - Moderator
  • Rebecca Coon, Exhibit and Program Developer, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
  • Jessica Goldstrohm, Owner and Head Educator, The Bees Waggle
  • Chrissy Maedke, Teacher, Gold Hill School
  • Lisa Mason, Ph.D., Extension Agent - Horticulture, CSU Extension, Arapahoe County

 

Crafting Pollinator Habitats: Building living landscapes

Landscapes big or small, urban or rural, can support pollinators. The key is to design, plant and maintain pollinator habitats so that they sustainably thrive over time. These speakers all have experience incorporating habitat for pollinators and other wildlife in a variety of environments and can share insights to ensure your pollinator habitat project is a success.

  • Amy Yarger, Horticulture Director, Butterfly Pavilion - Moderator
  • Susan Hansen, NRCS, Lamar, CO, United States Department of Agriculture
  • Jim Tolstrup, Executive Director, High Plains Environmental Center
  • John Vickery, Colorado Native Plant Society
  • Kate Hogan,Community Outreach, Denver Audubon

 

Creating Change at the Local Level: Policy from the ground up

Local governments and universities manage large amounts of land and each organization has its own approach. Learn how Denver, Fort Collins, Boulder and the University of Denver promote biodiversity, protect natural lands, create urban habitat and encourage the public to interact with nature. Panelists will share pollinator-protection practices and programs and discuss how local residents and grassroots organizations can support and join local efforts. Come away with ideas about how you can make a difference in your own community.

  • Rella Abernathy, Ph.D., City of Boulder - Moderator
  • BeeChicas, Education and Outreach, Boulder, CO
  • Justin Scharton, Senior Environmental Planner, Nature in the City Program Manager, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas
  • Kelly Uhing, Program Manager, Denver Parks, Natural Resources Operations
  • Julie Morris, Ph.D., Teaching Associate Professor, University of Denver

Cacao Ceremony & Tibetan Bowls Concert

 

The practice of drinking cacao enables connection with inner spirit and wisdom, allowing for profound meditation and focus on the present moment. It’s the perfect preparation for a sound healing concert with Tibetan singing bowls and gong. Much of the cacao available today has been processed and roasted in such a way that many of its health benefits are lost. The cacao we’ll savor is ceremonial grade and responsibly sourced from Guatemala. Set intentions, learn about this sacred plant and experience a guided ceremony with chocolate.

 

Cacao is native to Central and South America and has been used historically by the Aztecs and Mayans for medicinal and ritualistic purposes. The Mayan and Aztecs used cacao in sacred ceremonies to connect with their gods, goddesses and spirits. The cacao tree was prized by the ancient Mayans and Aztecs. Chocolate was enjoyed by those who were specifically chosen to receive its benefits. Chocolate was used for medicinal, healing and preventative puproses. Historical texts contain an enormous list of medical uses for cacao - among them are increased libido, fertility and abetted longevity, as well as improved energy, reduced fever and asthma, heart opening, and having an overall calming effect. Its scientific name Theobroma cacao actually means “food for the Gods” and it was believed to have been sent from the heavens as a gift to humanity.

 

ALL levels welcome and no experience required.

Please bring a yoga mat, blanket and any props or pillows needed to make yourself comfortable for meditation and a deep relaxation lying on the floor for 45-60 minutes.

 

$54, $50 members

 

Creating Your Own Signature Scent

Learn the basics of essential oil blending to create your own signature roll-on perfume. Sample a variety of essential oils and learn how to balance top, heart, and base fragrance notes. Together we will calculate the proper essential oil concentration to safely build your own natural blend. Essential oils, perfume base, and containers will be provided for each participant to take home two unique custom made perfumes.

 

We will also discuss the medicinal and spiritual properties of select essential oils to deepen the complexity of your blends, if you so choose.

 

Price: $55, $48 members

Instructor: Catharine McCord is one of Denver Botanic Gardens program coordinators who is also an herbalist and horticultural therapist. Founder of Herbal Intuition, she creates essential oil blends that evoke emotional, physical, and spiritual healing principles. Holding advanced degrees in biochemistry and landscape architecture, she brings a uniquely nerdy perspective to her herbal practices.

Enjoying Nature with Fountain Pens

Using fountain pens is a wonderfully different and relaxing way to write and draw, especially when combined with nature! This course will teach you the basics of using and maintaining a fountain pen. You will also have an opportunity to sample various types of pens, paper and ink to help you decide which you prefer. You’ll even receive a fountain pen and notebook that are yours to keep! Open to all skill levels. Lecture style class with a hands-on portion that allows students to try out different fountain pens, inks and papers.

 

Price: $49, $45 member

Instructor: John Bosley is a professional photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a long-time collector of fountain pens and is the creator of FountainPenLove.com, a site dedicated to people who love using, collecting and learning about fountain pens.

Evening Vinyasa Yoga at the Gardens

Looking for an amazing place to practice your yoga skills, how about the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens?

Vinyasa yoga weaves beautiful movement with challenging postures, and cultivates a sense of peace and calm by the end of each yoga class. Practicing vinyasa yoga on a daily basis can improve posture, flexibility, and endurance. Beyond the physical benefits, yoga helps to bring a sense of clarity to challenging situations in life, reminds us to stay present and focused in an ever-changing environment, and can help us find happiness and contentment in our surroundings.

The postures practiced in this challenging class will promote alignment, flexibility, focus, endurance and help detoxify the body.

 

Instructor: Blake Burger

Skill level: All levels welcome

Price: $12, $10 members

Special Instructions: Please bring a mat, a towel and water. Walk-ins are welcome for members or non-members! Please bring cash if possible but credit cards are also accepted. This class will be located in the Morrison Center (north end of the Children's Garden).

 

Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)

 

Guided Sitting Meditation - The Cycle of Life

As the year ends, we reflect on all that has been and all that will be. Please join us as we reflect on the beauty of life and the power of possibilities. 

 

Price: $18, $15 member

Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW

 

 

 

Healing Oils of the Bible

Extensive scientific studies over the centuries have found that essential oils have the ability to support the human body physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Learn the important role that essential oils played in the lives of Biblical people. We will explore the twelve most significant oils of ancient scripture.

 

Instructors: Judy Jehn

Price: $41, $36 members

 

Ink & Stem - Succulent Wreath

Learn how to design and plant your own living succulent wreath using gorgeous fresh succulents. Succulents are wonderful water-wise plants, and the diversity of shapes and textures will set your imagination on fire! We will discuss succulent care, propagation techniques, varieties of succulents and principles of design. We will also take time to awaken our creative soul with playful and reflective writing activities and wordplay. This mini-retreat will help you push pause on your inner critic and savor a day of beauty, nature and rest. Attendees will experience the calming, restorative benefits of succulent design and take home their own living succulent wreath, just in time for the holidays.

Participants will experience the calming, restorative benefits of succulent design and take home their own living succulent wreath, just in time for the holidays.

 

Price: $69, $64 member

Instructor: Christine Bayles Kortsch, Ph.D. is a homebody with a gypsy soul. She is the writer and photographer behind a forthcoming terrarium book with Roost Books (fall 2019) and the author of  Dress Culture in Late Victorian Womens Fiction.  You may have read her essay on backyard chickens in 5280 Magazine or seen her succulent designs in The Denver Post! Christine teaches literature and writing at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Her Ink & Stem workshops have been named one of the  top 38 cool classes for adults  by 5280 Magazine. Christine is a gentle and enthusiastic teacher with a deep passion for inspiring people to fight for beauty in their everyday lives.

 

Special Instructions:

Students, please bring: journal and pen, gloves & smock (if desired), any special dried flowers, grasses, or seedpods you want to include in your design, any rooted succulent plants or cuttings you want to include in your design (these are great as focal points).

 

Instructor will provide: wreath frame, succulent cuttings, and all planting materials/tools.

 

Knit to Find your Zen: Knitting for Beginners

 

After a hectic day your mind needs to unwind. You grab your knitting needles and yarn and head to your favorite spot. As you start to knit, your shoulders relax, your breathing becomes deeper and your mind starts to think only about the yarn and what you are creating. You have found your Zen!

 

If you are a beginning knitter or if you learned a long time ago and need a refresher, then this is the class for you. Learn how to knit and purl with confidence, read a pattern and understand how to care for your handmade item. Depending on your skill level there will be two scarf patterns from which to choose.

 

Price: $52, $44 member

Instructor: Shilo Wilkinson has been passionate about fiber arts since 1991 when she learned to hand spin yarn.A few years later, her mother taught her how to knit her ever-growing amount of yarn. Shilo teaches both knitting and spinning. Fiber arts connect everyone throughout time and different geographies. No matter where you go, there is a fiber tradition that connects us. Shilo loves bringing the tradition of spinning, knitting, art and science together to create wonderful handmade items.

Special Instructions: Knitting needles and yarn will be included with the class. Feel free to bring your own needles and yarn if you have them.

 

 

 

Kundalini Yoga - Single Session

Kundalini yoga focuses on awakening energy and unlocking our inner potential through breathing techniques, movements, stretching, meditation and mantra. This ancient and sacred practice is the oldest form of yoga and is an effective way to recharge and heal the body.

The class, taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., Master of Kundalini yoga, starts and ends with beautiful and ancient chants which open and calm the heart. A carefully planned sequence of postures, movements and breathing exercises, called a kriya, follows. The techniques stimulate the nervous and immune systems, while improving strength and flexibility. Participants may find a peace of mind and experience benefits including relief from back pain, stress, addiction, depression, insomnia and weight control.

For more information on Instructor Chris Anne Coviello please visit www.chrisannecoviello.com

Price: $10, $8 members

Instructor: Chris Anne Coviello

Skill level: All levels welcome, no experience required.

Special Instructions: Each session is unique; we recommend that you try at least two or three sessions. Please bring water and a yoga mat. If you have trouble sitting on the floor for extended periods of time, please bring a blanket and pillows to provide comfort. Please bring cash if possible but credit cards are also accepted.

Class is located in Morrison Center which is on the North side of Children’s Garden. The gate for entry is near the corner of 11th and York Street. This location is across the street from the main garden entry.

Medicinal Plants for Digestive Health and Wellness

When our digestive system is happy, we are happy. Conversely, when digestive issues arise, many other systems of the body can be affected. After a quick overview of the digestive system, this class will cover ways to encourage proper function using herbs, promote healthy bacteria growth in our gut and explore the idea of our "gut biome." After discussing some beneficial herbs, we will make bitters, review the process of making water keifer, sample a digestive tea blend and prepare a tea blend to take home.

 

Price: $34, $29 member

Instructor: Blake Burger

Natural Blood Sugar Balance with Plenty of Sweetness

Blood sugar and insulin balance are important factors in achieving optimal health for your brain, stomach and energy levels. Blood sugar balance can be maintained through many plants and herbs. Learn about the nutritional science and practices that support the use of plants, both from land and sea, to nourish and create internal equilibrium. 

 

Price: $46, $41 members

Instructor: Cynthia Farris designs personalized nutrition & lifestyle programs for nature lovers wanting to heal digestive & immune issues naturally. Many of these approaches honor the simple, close-to-the-earth approaches of our ancestors. She believes that good health begins with a joyful gut, which is created through gentle and easy-to-incorporate daily practices. Trained as a functional nutritionist, she focuses on root cause resolution of symptoms resulting in happy bellies, vibrant energy, uplifted mood and sustainable wellness. Cynthia holds certifications in functional nutrition and lifestyle practices, fermentation, transformational coaching, is a board certified holistic health coach and certified gluten practitioner. 

 

 

Plants for Respiratory Health and Wellness

Wintertime can compromise the body in many ways, especially our respiratory system. Cold and dry winter air, decreased physical activity, and cold and flu season present challenges to the health of our lungs and systems of breathing. Learn which herbs help keep our respiratory system strong and promote proper function and balance. We will discuss powerful herbs such as mullein, yarrow, peppermint, osha and many more.

Take home a tea blend that promotes clarity and balance of the respiratory system, learn to make a vapor rub and learn how to tincture your favorite herbs.

 

Price: $34, $29 member

Instructor: Blake Burger

Promoting a Healthy Heart and Circulation Using Herbs

Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of health issues in the United States, but with a healthy diet, exercise and stress management,  it is preventable. Luckily we have herbal allies to encourage these healthy measures. This class will discuss the use of medicinal plants that are both scientifically proven and trusted worldwide to help prevent cardiovascular disease. We will also touch base on herbs that help heal grief of the heart and even promote healthy circulation of blood. Participants will learn to make a heart-healthy tea, hawthorn syrup and how to tincture heart-healthy plants.  

 

Price: $34, $29 member

Instructor: Blake Burger

 

Spin to Find your Zen: Yarn Spinning for Beginners

Find your style of spinning using a drop spindle or wheel. We will talk about different ways of spinning (long or short draw), discuss fiber choices for projects and the best way to spin for the desired finish yarn product for your project. Beginning to intermediate spinners welcome.

After a hectic day your mind needs to unwind. You grab your fiber of choice, drop spindle or wheel and head to your favorite spot. You start to spin, and in a few moments your shoulders relax, your breathing becomes deeper and your mind starts to think only about the yarn and what you are creating. You have found your Zen!

 

Price: $52, $44 member

Instructor: Shilo Wilkinson has been spinning since 1991 and teaching for the past few years. Her first teacher taught her the traditional way of spinning on a Navajo spindle and the importance of understanding the history of this craft. Spinning connects everyone throughout time and different geographies. No matter where you go there is a fiber tradition that connects us. Shilo loves bringing the tradition of spinning, art and science together to create wonderful yarn for all to enjoy.

Special Instructions: A drop spindle and fiber will be included with the class. Feel free to bring your own wheel or spindle and hand carders if you have them.

 

 

 

Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga at the Gardens

Looking for an amazing place to practice your yoga skills, how about the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens?

Vinyasa yoga weaves beautiful movement with challenging postures, and cultivates a sense of peace and calm by the end of each yoga class. Practicing vinyasa yoga on a daily basis can improve posture, flexibility, and endurance. Beyond the physical benefits, yoga helps to bring a sense of clarity to challenging situations in life, reminds us to stay present and focused in an ever-changing environment, and can help us find happiness and contentment in our surroundings.

The postures practiced in this challenging class will promote alignment, flexibility, focus, endurance and help detoxify the body.

 

Instructor: Blake Burger

Skill level: All levels welcome

Price: $12, $10 members

Special Instructions: Please bring a mat, a towel and water. Walk-ins are welcome for members or non-members! Please bring cash if possible but credit cards are also accepted. Location will vary depending on temperature and time of year.

 

SCHEDULE DETAILS:

October 1, 2018- May 14, 2019 (7:30 - 8:30am): Enter through the gate on the east side of York St and yoga will be in the Morrison Center.

May 15, 2019 - September 30, 2019 (8 - 9am): Enter through the Pinon Gate on the west side of York St. In the late summer and fall, class will meet in the ampitheatre. When it is chilly, we will meet in the Orangery (front of the greenhouse complex). There will be signs starting from the after-hours entrance on the north side of the main entry that will direct participants.

October 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019 (7:30 - 8:30am): Enter through the gate on the east side of York St and yoga will be in the Morrison Center.

 

 

Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)

 

Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert

The Denver Botanic Gardens will be hosting its annual Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert to help you relax and get away from all of the holiday stress. Tibetan singing bowls are musical instruments that have been used for thousands of years to promote healing. Bring your yoga mat, a blanket, and your cluttered mind for a relaxing night of sound healing.

 

Denver yoga instructor and sound healer Chris Anne Coviello and her husband Jason Coviello will be performing together in this warming winter concert. The concert will begin with Jason playing his Hang Drum, which is a very rare steel drum that some say sounds like a stringed instrument. Jason’s Hang Drum is tuned to notes that vibrationally correspond to the heart chakra. When you hear this drum, you will be taken on a heart-opening journey.

 

Jason and Chris Anne will then begin playing the Tibetan singing bowls, which are tuned to musical notes that correspond to the different chakras of the body – restoring your balance of energy. Since the body is made up of mostly water, the vibrational effect of the Tibetan singing bowls feels like a full body cellular massage.

 

So come, relax, close your eyes, and drift into a state of calm. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat or blanket so that you may lie down. As your chakras re-align, breathe peace and enter the profound state of physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

 

Price: $18, $15 members

Special Instructions: No children under twelve years of age are permitted in this program. Talking, cell phones, and other distractions are not permitted.

Treat Yourself Tuesdays - Tibetan Singing Bowls - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

 

Enjoy a day of healing vibrations. This class includes a mixture of sound healing tools including crystals and Tibetan singing bowls to balance the body, mind and emotions. Subtle movement and breath work connects our personal frequency, allowing us to tune in and move to stillness as you are surrounded by the vibrations of singing bowls.  

 

Price: $45, $40

Instructor: Emma Kelleher

Special Instructions:

Bring a mat or comfortable seat for this concert of vibrations & sound.

 

Location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

 

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