Today, Erin Leakey, a paleontologist and ecologist, returned to explore how a record of fossil leaves, preserved in fossil floras, can tell us a lot about what past ecosystems looked like, as well as what the local climate was like at the time the trees were growing. Students used fossil leaves from Colorado floras to obtain temperature and precipitation estimates by measuring differences in leaf area and leaf margins. Students will discuss how climates in Colorado have changed over time and how changing climates affect ecosystems.
A few minutes later, Cece met with the class to ask for input around the type of play structures the future play area should contain. Students looked through catalogs to:
-work, talk, and listen together
-choose structures that connect with nature
-find ones that are accessible to students of all ages and physical abilities
-limit the budget to $100,000