Hidden Mesa Place Based Learning Curriculum Development

Front Range Region



Primary Topic:

Natural Resources and Sustainability

Other Topics:

Food and Agriculture, Health and Well-Being, Youth and Family Development

Lead Mentor:  

Guinevere Nelson

County Director

Internship Overview:

The Douglas County Extension Office is working to build a partnership with Douglas County Open Space to deliver place based learning at Hidden Mesa Open Space. Hidden Mesa is 1,200 acres of open space which has a local agricultural operation focused on increasing food security. We seek an intern to conduct primary searches, secondary searches, and community outreach to identify shared learning needs to provide Douglas County Extension and Douglas County Open space with a curriculum plan.

Goals, Scope and Objectives:

The goal is for the intern to create a document that integrates the educational needs of Extension and Open Spaces in Douglas County. The scope of the work will be focused on Hidden Mesa amenities, resources, and agricultural products. Additionally, it will encompass the focus areas of 4-H, horticulture, and food preparation & preservation.

With which stakeholder group(s) will the intern work?

To begin, the intern will work with Douglas County Open Space and Douglas County Extension staff. We anticipate that additional stakeholders will emerge as the project progresses.

What student learning outcomes do you anticipate and what are the opportunities for professional development?

The intern will construct a curriculum plan for programming at Hidden Mesa Open Space. To do this the intern will review existing state standards to align youth programming with the Colorado Environmental Education Plan, collect information from the public and stakeholders and organize the information.
Through this effort, it is expected that the intern will be able to network with Douglas County Open Space and Douglas County Extension staff, be afforded professional opportunities for leadership development, experience aligning youth programs with state education standards as well as reviewing county policies and stakeholder processes.
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