Postponing all programs through June 15th was a difficult decision for us here at FDRD, and one we wish we did not have to make. However, we are still adapting and making the best of a tough situation! Providing free, educational programming for the public is an important part of our mission, and it is our sincere hope that you’ll continue to learn with us this June, virtually.
Some of our educational hike leaders have graciously agreed to lead online webinars in place of their postponed educational hikes. We will be broadcasting a weekly, educational webinar series through Facebook Live. Don’t have Facebook or are you busy when the webinar is happening? Don’t worry, we will be recording all the webinars and posting them to our YouTube channel for all to view.
Thursday, May 28th from 4pm-5pm MST – The First 1.5 Billion Years of Geological History in Summit County
In this webinar Joe Newhart will discuss the geological history of the Summit County area. Participants in the webinar can, at their leisure, travel to localities within Summit County to view the rocks that are discussed.
The Proterozoic Eon (2500 – 540 million years ago) in Summit County is represented primarily by rocks of the Ten Mile, Gore and top of the Williams Fork Range. These rocks are metamorphic and igneous rocks, mainly gneisses and granites that were emplaced between 1750 and 1700 million years ago.
The Paleozoic Era (540 – 250 million years ago) in Summit and nearby Eagle County is represented by sedimentary rocks, mainly limestones, sandstones and shales deposited on the western margin of North America. The end of the Paleozoic Era is marked the formation of another supercontinent, Pangea, and by major extinction event at the end of the Permian Period.
Stay tuned… We plan to hold more webinars this summer to discuss the remaining 250 million years of geological history of Summit County!
View the The First 1.5 Billion Years of Geological History in Summit County presentation slides here
View the full recording of The First 1.5 Billion Years of Geologic History in Summit County webinar here
Tuesday, June 2nd from 5pm-6pm MST – Wildfire Prevention: Are Clearcuts the Answer?
Join CSU Extension’s Summit County Director, Dan Schroder for a talk on Wildfire Prevention: Are Clearcuts the Answer? Dan is a long time FDRD volunteer who has a vast knowledge of the forest in our area. He will be discussing the struggle between the natural phenomenon of wildfires and the growing urban interface. How can we responsibly manage this land? He will also share fun facts and tidbits about the trees and plants that call Summit County home. Bring your inquisitive minds and questions. You’ll learn an enormous amount about what’s actually happening in our forests.
View the full recording of the June 2 Wildfire Prevention webinar here
Tuesday, June 9th from 5pm-6pm MST – Weedinar
Calling all flower lovers! Join weed and flower expert, Dr. Jim Alexander for an informative presentation about the weeds that are invading our National Forests, and how you can help through Eagle Summit Wilderness Alliance‘s (ESWA) WeedSpotter Program! The presentation will cover how to identify noxious weeds so you can help combat this biological wildfire that threatens our native wildflowers and plants. Join the session to learn more about weeds and how you might help!
View the full recording of the June 9 Weedinar here
Wednesday, June 17th from 5pm-6pm MST – Climbing Everest
Join Summit County resident and FDRD Volunteer, John Peterson, for a fascinating presentation detailing his journey up the tallest peak in the world: Everest. Learn about what it takes to climb up the famed peak, and enjoy pictures and fun facts from John’s incredible journey. John has also climbed the highest peaks of each continent, also known as The Seven Summits.
View the full recording of the Climbing Everest webinar here
Tuesday, June 23rd from 5pm-6pm MST – Climate Change Webinar
Join FDRD Board Member and environmental consultant Brad Piehl, as he discusses the science behind climate change and how it is affecting us here locally in Summit County.
View the full recording of the Climate Change Webinar here
Thursday, June 25th from 5pm-6pm MST – Understanding Streams and Lakes of the Dillon Ranger District Webinar
How much do you know about the streams and lakes of the Dillon Ranger District? It turns out the U.S. Geological Survey has been working hard for many years to give us an in-depth understanding of how the drainage basin behaves in the Ranger District. We have an opportunity to hear first hand from the leader of that effort who will use a geographic information system to show us many fascinating characteristics of the stream network. You will gain a significant insight into how the surface water system can be analyzed and learn many facts about our local water network.
View the full recording of the Understanding Streams and Lakes of the Dillon Ranger District here
Thursday, July 9th from 4pm-5pm MST – End of Paleozoic Era to the Formation of the Rockies
Join Joe Newhart for the second installment of the geologic history of Summit County explaining our local geologic formations that originated during the end of the Paleozoic Era. Joe will also explain the fascinating history of how the Rocky Mountains were formed! Participants in the webinar can, at their leisure, travel to localities within Summit County to view the rocks that are discussed. Joe will discuss from the end of the Paleozoic to the formation of the Rockies. Find out how the mountains surrounding us were created.
View the End of Paleozoic Era to the Formation of the Rockies presentation slides here
View the full recording of the End of Paleozoic Era to the Formation of the Rockies webinar here
Thursday, July 23rd from 4pm-5pm MST – The Last 30 MillionYears of Geologic History in Summit County
Join Joe Newhart for the third and final installment of the geologic history of Summit County webinar series. In this webinar, Joe will explain the final 30 million years of geologic formations that can be found here in Summit County, Colorado. Participants in the webinar can, at their leisure, travel to localities within Summit County to view the rocks that are discussed.
View The Last 30 Million Years of Geologic History in Summit County presentation slides here
View the full recording of The Last 30 Million Years of Geologic History in Summit County webinar here