Ecology en Lessons on Ducks, Snow; Environmental Education Expands <p></p><p>Environmental education is expanding in schools across the Roaring Fork Valley. The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies grew its teaching programs over the last two years to include schools like Basalt Elementary and Carbondale’s Crystal River Elementary school. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, studies show schools with environmental programs score higher on standardized tests.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 15623 at Lessons on Ducks, Snow; Environmental Education Expands What Can Marmots Teach Us About Plastics? <p></p><p></p><p>At the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab in Gothic, just over the Maroon Bells from Aspen, a number of long-term field studies are pumping out reams of scientific data. In part two of our report on the laboratory, science reporter Ellis Robinson looked at a study on marmots that raises questions about the abundance of plastics in human society.</p><p></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:56:12 +0000 Ellis Robinson 4675 at What Can Marmots Teach Us About Plastics? The Marmots of RMBL <p></p><p></p><p>A colony of small mammals lives high above Crested Butte, just on the other side of West Maroon Pass from Aspen. &nbsp;And, for more than fifty years, the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory there has been watching the daily lives of these yellow-bellied marmots. &nbsp;It’s one of the longest running animal studies in the world. &nbsp;Our science reporter Ellis Robinson spent several days hanging out with the marmots and the “marmot-teers” who study them. &nbsp;In the first of two reports, Ellis explores what data the researchers are collecting.</p><p></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:25:24 +0000 Ellis Robinson 4674 at The Marmots of RMBL