Do you like spending time outdoors? Are you interested in taking an active role in conservation? Then you’re going to love our two new clubs — Citizen Science Club (for adults) and Citizen Science Club, Jr (for families and kids).

Citizen scientists are everyday citizens who help conservation organizations around the world collect vast amounts of data that can be used to help local governments make critical conservation decisions that protect entire ecosystems. To get involved, all you need is a willingness to learn and the dedication to walk locally.

Citizen Science Club

We’ll partner with our friends at Butterfly Pavilion for our first activities, the Monarch Larva Project and the Great Sunflower Project. At Baseline’s Honeybee Day, you will meet local conservation groups active in citizen science, like Butterfly Pavilion, People and Pollinators Action Network (who work to create legislation to protect pollinators) and more. If you’re interested in getting involved with this club, please contact Christine, your Community Life senior engagement manager.

Citizen Science Club, Jr.

To help grow and cultivate the next generation of conservation leaders, we partnered with Butterfly Pavilion to create Citizen Science Club, Jr.

For these quarterly club meetings, Baseline families will spend a day at Butterfly Pavilion exploring the wonders of nature. There will be an hour-and-half workshop, covering a different topic each meeting, an in-class project, a take-home project, as well as guest speakers. General admission is covered to the gardens, so plan to stay after the club meeting to enjoy all that Butterfly Pavilion has to offer.

For July, the topic is pollinators. We’ll meet at BP on Saturday, July 23, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. to learn about some of your favorite pollen carriers. Discover how engineering is related to pollination. And, test the best way to pollinate.  Sign up today. Registration for this club meeting is limited to 20.

In August, every Club Junior member who comes to Honeybee Day will receive an official Citizen Science Starter Kit. The first 25 members to arrive will take home a special Baseline Bug Bag. But, that’s not all they’ll enjoy. That day will be buzzing with fun for kids.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Citizen Science Club, Jr., please email Christine.

This week, witness Baseline’s creative culture in action at the Basin when Broomfield multimedia artist K. Vuletich works on two permanent installations — a hopscotch obstacle course and a “coloring page.”

Much of her inspiration comes from the hidden stories that exist in seemingly ordinary people and objects. “Just as broken pottery can become antiquity with time, something as small as a honeybee can be transformed into a gallery-worthy work of art and reveal a larger narrative about ourselves, our environment, and our relationship to the natural world,” says Vuletich.

She began her training at Regis University, under the mentorship of artist Tony Ortega, where she became interested in collaboration, mixed media collage, and pop art.

By incorporating found objects into her art, she aims to re-purpose and create something beautiful and compelling from something that would otherwise be unwanted.

In 2018, Vuletich received Colorado Creative Industries’ Career Advancement Grant and was a recipient of Denver Arts and Venues’ Urban Arts Fund. These grants gave Vuletich the opportunity to expand her collaboration with under-served, under-represented youth and to continue experimenting with multimedia installations.

Since then, Vuletich founded The Big Delicious, a Colorado-based art collective with a focus on art education and site-specific, collaborative installation.

You can learn more about Vuletich on her website kvuletich.com, by following her on Instagram @kvuletich, or by meeting her this week at the Basin.

If you miss her this week, you’ll have one more opportunity to watch this artist in action when she returns to Baseline, August 20, to create an interactive chalk piece at Checker Square for Honeybee Day.

 

Thank you to everyone who turned out at The Basin on Saturday, August 21st to help us celebrate Honeybee Day. Bluegrass Blitz’s high-energy pickin’ and fiddlin’ opened, what turned out to be, a bee-utiful August day. Their lively, ol’ timey strings set the tone as over 125 attendees strolled, crafted, and learned about bees and the many ways we can thoughtfully and sustainably support pollinators.

Cheers to our partners and vendors, too, for creating a honey of a day.

Brighton Bee Club wowed with their live hive and bee facts. Thanks to beekeepers Dan and Bob, visitors witnessed the many life stages of honeybees — up close and personal.

Brianna, from Sustainable Broomfield, taught a new generation of bee lovers simple ways to create welcoming bee habitats in their own backyards. By upcycling plastic bottles, adding some creative flair, and assistance from mother-daughter team Tonee and Tiana Garcia (members of Baseline Community Life), kids created bee houses and baths.

Our pollinator-loving vendors — The Beekeeper’s Den, Sarai’s Moisture Bars, and Soaps by Eileen — provided locally-made, bee-friendly products for residents to purchase.

Those ready for lunch visited The Captain’s Taco and Sushi food truck for Mexican-Japanese fusion dishes.

Acoustic guitar (and comedy) duo Skanson & Hansen and locally-made ice cream from Sweet Cow’s MooMobile helped us chill, as the afternoon warmed up.

Bands weren’t the only entertainment, members of Broomfield Council on the Arts & Humanities engaged event-goers with an art walk, juggling, and a gazillion bubbles. Charlotte, one of the vendors’ daughters, was irresistible dancing in her bee tutu. And kids of all ages enjoyed Gail’s face painting.

All-in-all it was a wonderful day and a great opportunity to hang with bees and Baseline neighbors. To see more pictures from Honeybee Day, check out our Facebook page.