Introducing: FDRD’s New Virtual Education Series

Introducing: FDRD’s New Virtual Education Series

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 MSTThe 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. One of the best places to view these rocks is in the Ten Mile Canyon at Officers Gulch.  A series of granites were emplaced around 1400 million years ago in the area of the Eisenhower Tunnel and Tenderfoot Mountain. Other events include the story of the formation of an ancient supercontinent, Rodinia, and a cold spell in Earth’s history called Snowball Earth. The breakup of the Rodinia supercontinent around 750 – 700 million years ago set up the western continental margin of North America. Rocks deposited during the break-up are not present in Summit County, but can be seen in the Uinta Mountains of NW Colorado and Eastern Utah.

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 Early to Middle Paleozoic Rocks are not exposed in Summit County, however, there are excellent exposures of these rocks in the Eagle River Canyon between Minturn and Red Cliff along U.S. Highway 24. The Upper Paleozoic rocks in Summit and Eagle Counties are represented by the sandstones of the Minturn and Maroon Formations, which were deposited following the Ancestral Rocky Mountains uplifts. There are good exposures of these rocks at Shrine Pass, Copper Mountain and in the Vail area. 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!

Here is Joe’s powerpoint presentation for all those interested: FDRD Webinar – The First 1.5 Billion Years of Summit County 

View the video recording from the May 28 Geology Webinar Here

Tuesday, June 2nd from 5pm-6pm MSTWildfire 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 recording of the June 2 Wildfire Prevention webinar here

Tuesday, June 9th from 5pm-6pm MSTWeedinar 

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 recording of the June 9 Weedinar here

Wednesday, June 17th from 5pm-6pm MSTClimbing Everest and the Seven Summits

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 recording of the Climbing Everest webinar here

Tuesday, June 23rd from 5pm-6pm MSTClimate 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.

Thursday, June 25th from 5pm-6pm MSTUnderstanding 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.

Thursday, May 28th from 4pm-5pm MSTEnd of Paleozoic Era to the Formation of the Rockies

Join Joe Newhart for the second installment of the geologic history of Summit County. 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 Joe’s presentation slides here

These webinars will be available on Facebook. To access, “like” FDRD on Facebook and visit the page at the appropriate time. You will see the live broadcast on our page.

If you aren’t available or don’t have a Facebook account, you can view the webinars on our YouTube page afterwards.

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