ELK speaks at Ken Burns series screening.

ELK RMNP NatPublicLandsDay (Sept. 28, 2009) BOULDER, Colo. — Environmental Learning for Kids joined Rocky Mountain PBS for a special screening of Ken Burns’ “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” on Sept. 26.

ELK was given special recognition at the National Public Lands Day celebration and film screening held at the Colorado Chautauqua in Boulder in front of an audience of more than 900 people.

Stacie Gilmore, ELK executive director, was one of a few special guests who spoke at the event. Click here to watch the video (scroll to “Stacie Gilmore -ELK”  just below the video ). Click here to see pictures from the day.

Earlier this year, Rocky Mountain PBS, with a grant from the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Foundation and in conjunction with the Ken Burns “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” series, teamed up with ELK to offer a group of urban youth exciting, hands-on outdoor education trips.

In June, 24 students participated in an environmental education field trip and overnight camping trip to southwestern Colorado, with a visit to Mesa Verde National Park. There, the students learned about the mission and history of the National Park Service, the legacy of the Anasazi people, and local wildlife identification and conservation practices, while honing their leadership skills.

In August, 30 ELK students traveled to Rocky Mountain National Park, where the overnight trip focused on trail restoration.

And to celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 26, 11 junior and senior high school ELK kids participated in a volunteer project at Rocky Mountain National Park, where they repaired a wooden bridge, installed new trail steps and met with a park representative, who spoke about the many career opportunities available through the National Park Service.