What we're about
Let's Walk About it!
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.
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)
"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)