Written by A. David Hill and Michael N. Solem

Department of Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder

Graphics prepared by Michael N. Solem and David A. Gonzalez

This exercise was adapted, with permission, from an original lesson by Spenser W. Havlick, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado at Boulder

This exercise was created for the Geography-Web project at the University of Colorado.

Welcome to The Boulder Creek Virtual Field Study. This lesson uses the World Wide Web to enhance your experience with a self-guided field study of Boulder Creek, located in Boulder, Colorado.

We believe a person cannot fully understand resource management and its lessons for architects, urban planners or citizens at large unless there is a field experience to complement readings or lectures about the topic. By completing this lesson, you can learn about the tremendous benefits and dangers posed by an important urban-aquatic resource.

Objectives: In this lesson, you will:

  1. Study human-environment interactions in Boulder, CO.
  2. Learn basic techniques of fieldwork in geography.
  3. Understand how natural hazards affect life in Boulder, CO.
The Boulder Creek Virtual Field Study homepage consists of three areas:

  1. The Preview exercise introduces you to the human and physical geography of Boulder, CO. Here, you can orient yourself to the study area by viewing key images from the field. Additonally, you will find a field procedure (including a map) t hat you can print directly off the Web.

  2. This exercise raises important issues related to the geographic theme of human-environment interaction. After the field study, you can discuss these issues in the Discussion Forum.

  3. If you want to learn more about flood hazards in Colorado and/or uses of the Internet in geography education, please explore the Links section.
To begin, click the Preview icon that appears below. Good luck, and we hope you enjoy the exercise!