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Urban Forest Science Edutainment Walk, Planetarium, and Snack & Chat.
On our 2018 monthly nights of free walks, planetarium visits, and table snack and chat times together, we can discover the joy of being "Citizen Scientists" and "Science Edutainers." Our free monthly Urban Forest Science Edutainment Walks are designed for ages 3 to 93 years old. These walks are an interactive science discovery and conversation, around Ferril Lake in Denver City Park. During our 1-hour, 1-mile, walk, from 5:30-6:30 PM, we'll be interactively exploring our connections with the living energy economy, of our urban forest soil. Each walk will include an opportunity to compare past and present examples of urban forest soil's living energy economy. One such example is the crash and revival of our national soil economy's past history, during the time of George Washington Carver, from the 1890s to 1920s. It's all about our interconnected relationships. Our interconnections, with each other and with our supporting soil economy, through connections of an Economics of Compassion. GLOBAL WIERDING Each of our 2018 monthly walks will have unique features. On our 2018 monthly walk on October 31, 2018, our walk will include a phone conversation with climatologist Katharine Hayhoe, Ph.D., who hosts the PBS program "Global Weirding." You'll discover that Dr. Hayhoe is a marvelous "Science Edutainer," when you visit her on her "Global Weirding" YouTube Channel, and Facebook pages. Below is a link, to our Topic-Talk Walks (TTWalks) full 2-minute YouTube video introducing the concept of our free Urban Forest Science Edutainment Walks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU_t706bfLE&t=7s After our walk, we'll visit the free "60 Minutes in Space" presentation, in the planetarium of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS.org). You're invited to share the awesome monthly journey of discovery being made by outer space scientists and citizen scientists. If you're a night owl, you could also join us for snack and chat time. See more information about "where to meet" for each phase of this monthly event. WHERE TO MEET FOR THE WALK: 5:30 PM (Starting Point - no later) meet Fran, Richard and TTWalks' mascot TTW Frog, on the northwest outside corner of the DMNS by the Snowmastodon Statue facing the lake and the mountains. FOR "60 MINUTES IN SPACE" After the walk, beginning about 6:30 PM, we will be lining up to attend the first-come-first-serve 7:00 PM starting time of the FREE "60 Minutes in Space" presentation in the planetarium. "60 Minutes in Space" begins at 7:00 PM. When you're inside the planetarium, you could find Richard and Fran sitting in the 2nd row of the planetarium (or wherever auditorium the audience may be redirected to, in case of crowds being too large). We'd love it, if you could stop by to say "Hello" and have a chance to meet everyone. The DMNS after-hours entrance is usually open on the west side's glass walled-entrance, except during special events. Whenever this entrance is closed, enter through the guard station's door just east of the main entrance doors on the north side of the DMNS facing the parking lot. You can watch a video of each of the monthly "60 Minutes in Space" presentations online by going to the DMNS's website at http://www.dmns.org/Science/Collections/space-sciences-lab. FOR SNACK AND CHAT TIME For those night owls, who'd like some late evening snack and chat time, after our walk and museum events, from 9 PM to 11 PM, we'll be going to Village Inn, located at 4100 E Mexico Ave., Denver, CO 80222 ~ just North of I-25 at Colorado Blvd. and Mexico Ave, in the same shopping area as Best Buy. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your co-host Fran Rew by text messaging her cell phone at (720)[masked]

City Park - Ferril Lake - DMNS

2001 Colorado Blvd NW corner of DMNS by bear statue · Denver, CO

What we're about

Let's Walk About it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU_t706bfLE

Mission: Energizing balance of work, play, and learning.

Topic-Talk Walks (TTWalks) (http://www.meetup.com/TTWalks) is a family friendly (all ages) Meetup.com free topic-oriented walking conversation group based in Denver, Colorado, in the United States.

2018 will be TTWalks’ 10-year anniversary. TTWalks and TTWalkers have come a long way since TTWalks began. TTWalkers have hosted and co-hosted a wide variety of topics including - astronomy, aerodynamics, improv comedy, education, health, edible weeds, orienteering, kite flying, guitar building, Wild Dream Walks, dance walking, and history.

In 2016, TTWalks collaboratively scheduled 5 monthly walk series called “Journey from Nature to Science,” walking with scientists. This series was so inspirational, that in 2017, we collaboratively produced the 2-minute YouTube video titled “Urban Forest Science Edutainment Walks / Denver, Colorado (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU_t706bfLE)”

For 2018, we’re now inspired to schedule free monthly “Urban Forest Science Edutainment Walks” on the underlying subtopic of our “Living Energy Economy.” Our TTWalks mascot, TTW Frog, will be co-hosting with us to playfully explore the hands-on interactive science, in our urban forest’s living energy economy.

Richard and Fran Rew are the first co-hosts commiting to this 2018 monthly "Living Energy Economy" series. Richard (http://topictalkwalks.com/TTWalks/Hosts.html) is a retired electrical engineer, who has been leading a monthly hands-on interactive-science demonstraton at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum for the past 7 years. Fran (http://topictalkwalks.com/TTWalks/Hosts.html) joined Richard, as his assistant, in the past 4 years. It’s such a lot of fun to share science edutainment with all ages, from toddlers to toddling seniors! We’re always learning something new, and watching the delighted faces of all ages, when they share what they’ve learned. Our TTWalks mascot, TTW Frog, also assists us at the Wings museum demonstrating how each person’s living energy can be stored in the paper spring of an origami jumping frog.

These monthly free walk events, on the last Wednesday of each month, include a 1-hour walk around Ferril Lake in Denver City Park, followed by a free visit to the “60 Minutes in Space” presentation in the planetarium of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Check out TTWalks' calendar of events for more information.

GRATITUDE

A special THANK YOU for our 2016 and 2017 Peripatetic Learning/Teaching (http://topictalkwalks.com/TTWalks/Peripatetic_Learning_Teaching.html) (PLT) experience of discovering inspiring urban forest science goes out to TTWalks collaborative co-hosts - Bridget Walsh, Board Member of the City Park Friends and Neighbors (CPFAN.org (http://cpfan.org/)), and Roya Brown, of the Cooperative Community Schools (CooperativeCommunitySchool.org (http://cooperativecommunityschool.org/)).

A huge THANK YOU to Forest Ecologist Dr. Suzanne Simard, from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Simard’s inspiring “Save the Mother Tree Project” research has increased our awareness of the message she inspired us to share that “Forests are worth saving, because you’re worth saving.” . Her RadioLab interview on National Public Radio titled “From Tree to Shining Tree (http://www.apple.com/)” took her listeners on a wonderfully fascinating journey from nature to science. Currently, Dr. Simard needs donations for her stidents' "Save the Mother Tree Project," described on GoFundMe (https://www.gofundme.com/save-the-mother-tree-project).

Another huge THANK YOU to each TTWalker, for sharing your favorite scheduled topics with us throughout the years, and in the future, and encouraging us with your online and in-person presence, “Likes” and sharing, to continue our “Urban Forest Science Edutainment Walks," and other urban forest walks sharing members' favorite topics.

Fran and Richard Rew
Co-Founders, Co-Organizers, Co-Hosts

(720) 474-5182 (Fran’s Cell)
(720) 254-8000 (Richard’s Cell)

fran.Rew@TopicTalkWalks.com
RichardRew@Comcast.net

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"TALK LESS, ASK MORE." -- Alfie Kohn, Author and Lecturer (leading figure in progressive education)

"Creativity, innovation and transformation are all merely side effects of our desires and abilities to empathize, and to connect."-- quote fromYouTube video by Seung Chan Lim- "Realizing Empathy” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=E15sYx-cpso)

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