Environment: Collecting bugs with ELKS



ELKS stands for Environmental Leadership and Knowledge Seminar. ELKS is a program developed by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s (SUIT) Environmental Programs Division (EPD). Dedicated to creating a pathway to environmental awareness, ELKS educates Tribal Membership youth about environmental issues and processes through hands-on demonstrations and field trips.

ELKS empowers and educates young tribal community members so they understand the importance of the environment and how the SUIT’s EPD protects the environment. ELKS’ goal is to embrace science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) enabling youth to reflect on the work of a scientist or an engineer.

This year, ELKS will teach youth about the physics of pressurized water through a water bottle rocket demonstration. ELKS will take a field trip to a local river and demonstrate electrofishing while also collecting bugs (macroinvertebrates) for hands-on classification.

Lastly, ELKS will take a peek at the air quality in the area. ELKS is excited to educate the youth on the importance of the environment.

“Treat the earth well; it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” –American Indian Proverb


Check out the flyer and application at the ELKS website: See you there!



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