Since the students arrived here in Boulder, we’ve been having a great time exploring Colorado- from the quaint city of Boulder to the high-altitude Rockies!

A group photo in the Flatirons with our Nat Geo expert Catherine Workman. Photo by trip leader Larson Harley.

A group photo in the Flatirons with our Nat Geo expert Catherine Workman. Photo by trip leader Larson Harley.

At the Boulder Farmers’ Market, students were on assignment- they talked to local farmers discussing how climate change affects their business. We received a range of responses from everyone interviewed — bee keepers having trouble producing honey, too much or too little rain for cows and crops, and just general extremes in weather. Most business owners felt that climate change had an effect on their business, but there were also some who didn’t, such as the mushroom growers whose entire crop is raised indoors!

Photo by student Abby M.

Photo by student Abby M.

Photo by student Alex F.

Photo by student Alex F.

Rocky Mountain National Park was a lesson in mountain weather! As we drove to higher and higher points along Trail Ridge Road, we experienced sun, storms, hail, and rain within just a couple of hours. During clear skies we had outdoor classroom discussions on how to use depth of field in our photos, elk habitats, and species migration at high elevation. Check out some of our photos from the excursion!

Photo by student Chase P.

Photo by student Chase P.

Photo by student Kate D.

Photo by student Kate D.

Photo by student Lillith B.

Photo by student Lillith B.

Photo by student Liem N.

Photo by student Liem N.

We’ve also been sharpening our photography skills as we continue to visit the mountains around Boulder. And it isn’t just the mountains that interest us – we try to soak up all of the sights whether it be people, landscapes, or wildlife! The photos below include sights from Rocky Mountain National Park and our trip to Brainard Lake.

Photo by student Celeste F.

Photo by student Celeste F.

A Wilson Warbler. Photo by student Catherine H.

A Wilson Warbler. Photo by student Catherine H.

Photo by student Lillith B.

Photo by student Lillith B.