Past Meetup

Science Edutainment - Climate, Forests and Water

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City Park - Ferril Lake - DMNS

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

How to find us

Meet Fran, Richard and TTW Frog (our mascot) on the outside northwest corner of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, next to the Snowmastodon Statue facing the lake and the mountains.

Location image of event venue


You and your friends (ages 3 to 93) are invited to share a 1-hour, 1-mile free walk, with two 10-minute stops, using an Energy Stick (, to explore our living energy relationships, with our climate, forests and water.

Famous Forest Ecologist Dr. Suzanne Simard will be joining us by cell phone from the University of British Columbia (UBC (, in Vancouver, Canada. Her RadioLab interview on National Public Radio titled “ ( Tree to Shining Tree (” ( her listeners on a wonderfully fascinating journey from nature to science. Currently, Dr. Simard needs donations for her students' "Save the Mother Tree Project," described on GoFundMe ( UBC (’s Urban Forestry Department ( also co-created an urban forest game called Future Delta 2.0 (, for ongoing edutainment in homes and schools.

Our walk will begin at 5:30 PM, in time for our phone call from Dr. Suzanne Simard. Please don’t be late. There are 2 free prizes as incentives for planning and actually arriving EARLY (4-5 PM).

Please come early! Besides the advantages of missing rush-hour traffic, and the everyday free admission to the museum from 4:30-5 PM, I will give you 2 prizes for coming early, between 4-5 PM:

(1) Your own Steve Spangler Energy Stick (

(2) Your best ever relaxing neck massage by Whole Foods massage therapist Kevyn Nguyen. You’ll be able to sit in his massage chair, surrounded by our park’s urban forest beauty.


Topic-Talk Walks is sponsoring an up to 5-minute YouTube video of this walk, for the purpose of promoting and encouraging next year's free annual science edutainment walks, on the topic of our living energy relationships, with our climate, forests and water.

Our two awesome videographers are: Lead videographer and editor Jason Bosch, of (, who will be working with videographer Joseph Sweredoski, ( Above is a photo (left to right) Joseph, TTW Frog, Fran, and Jason. We’re all standing in front of the Snowmastodon statue.


Richard C. Rew (, Fran Rew (, and TTW Frog (, with Topic-Talk Walks (TTWalks ( Roya Brown (, with Cooperative Community Schools (CCS ( Bridget Walsh (, with City Park Friends and Neighbors (CPFAN ( Pam Brown (, with contra dancing's ( Winston Walker (, with Beckwourth Doers ( LIVING ENERGY CHALLANGES PAST AND PRESENT

PAST: - GLOBALLY: Back in the 1920s, the living energy in the soil was unintentionally killed. With the intention of keeping the primary King Cotton economy alive, in the United State, the living energy economy in the soil was killed, by farming with only cotton crops. In those desperate dust bowl days of despair, the revolutionary scientist, who lit the fires of co-creativity, which spread throughout the United States and the world, was George Washington Carver ( New co-creative possibilities restored the living energy economy of the soil, and grew to support new markets of possibilities, in the monetary economy.

PRESENT - GLOBALLY: Now, in 2017, although the fires of co-creativity supporting our urban soil's living energy economy are even more difficult to spread than in the 1920s, co-creativity is still spreading wonderful new possibilities. For example, at the Solar Decathlon in Denver in October 2017, 11 university teams shipped their approximately 1,000 square foot solar home designs to Denver light rail station’s open space area at 61st and Pena, for a design competition. Every single home was packed with wonderful new possibilities, that included supporting our urban soil's living energy economy, through stormwater management! The winning university came from Switzerland with their amazing design of a Community House. Here’s a link to video and text details about they Swiss Team's design.

PRESENT - LOCALLY: How will the living energy economy in Denver’s urban forest soil continue to survive? Will Denver’s fire of co-creativity create wonderful new possibilities, which will change the perceived need for Denver to kill decades of growth of the living energy in their historic mature urban forests' soil? Or will stormwater detention areas covered by newly planted young trees continue to be viewed as the only realistically feasible design choice?

In November 2017, Denver plans to cut down over 250 mature older trees (many of them being mother trees) in Denver's historic Citiy Park Golf Course. In their place, Denver plans to build a 100-year flood stormwater detention area, with very young motherless trees. Our co-creative fires here in Denver have been spreading. We’ll these fires burning. as we plan for next year’s 2nd annual walk, on the topic of our living energy relationships with climate, forests and water.


MUSEUM: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, DMNS, Planetarium. After this walk, we'll still have our usual monthly, last Wednesday of every month, visit to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) ( planetarium's FREE "60 Minutes in Space" presentation.

Our 1-hour walk loops back to the DMNS, where we get in line for the "60 Minutes In Space" presentation by 6:30 PM, to get in line (first-come-first-serve) for the free presentation, which starts at 7:00 PM.

You can watch a video of each of the monthly "60 Minutes in Space" presentations online by going to the DMNS's website at

SNACK & CHAT TIME: 9:00 PM TO 10 PM, The Village Inn, 4100 E Mexico Ave, Denver, CO 80222 ~ just North of I-25 at Colorado Blvd. and Mexico Ave.

I'm looking forward to sharing thiis event with you.

Fran Rew, Volunteer Coordinating Co-Host,