2018 Year in Review
Wild Rose Education’s Youth Water Leadership Program™ mission is to create authentic student-centered learning experiences that increase watershed literacy through civic action. During 2018, the program reached 646 student contacts ages sixth grade-college in three program areas during 94 hours of experiential learning.
Growth and Expansion of Youth Water Leadership Program™
Exciting growth occurred during 2018, the second year of this signature YWLP program. Hosting the CIRES Lens on Climate Change film making program, creating branding, convening the Summit Leader Team, mentoring senior capstone students, hosting a day long youth water summit, and employing a program intern significantly increased the program’s capacity and impact. In addition to the founding sponsor, Pitkin County Healthy Rivers, 10 additional generous financial sponsors made this expanded programming possible. Finally, utilizing the collaborative support of 20 partner organizations made this year’s YWLP more effective, meaningful, and fun.
Read the new Youth River Voices blog where water, river, and climate change youth leaders give voice to the most important issues of today
Watch the student presentations below
The Third Street Center 501(c)3 is the fiscal agent for the Youth Water Leadership Program.
The student made films from the Lens on Climate Change Program are now available to be viewed and shared.
Thanks again to CIRES, University of Colorado Office of Outreach and Engagement, and the Colorado Film School for bringing their program on the road to Carbondale reaching 20 local middle and high school students during the 6 day free workshop at the Third Street Center.
The films will be screened during the 2018 Healthy Rivers Youth Water Summit and also submitted to the Colorado Environmental Film Festival.
Thanks to Sponsors and Community Partners
Special thanks to all who made the Lens on Climate Change program possible in Carbondale, Colorado including: Community Office for Resource Efficiency, Third Street Center, CLEER, Solar Rollers, and Two Rivers Unitarian Universalists.
Hosted by Wild Rose Education's Youth Water Leadership Program. Facilitated by Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and CU-Boulder. Sponsors include Third Street Center, Community Office for Resource Efficiency, CLEER, Solar Rollers, and Two Rivers Unitarian Universalists.
Wild Rose Education’s Youth Water Leadership Program is excited to partner with and host the Lens on Climate Change Program in Carbondale June 11-16th from 9am-4pm each day at the Third Street Center in Carbondale, Colorado. Program limited to 30 middle and high school students. Sign up now!
The Lens on Climate Change (LOCC) project engages middle and high school students in film production documenting the effects of climatic and environmental changes on their lives and in their communities. Middle and high school students are paired with science and film graduate to research, film, edit, and screen their film. The collaboration with mentors in both science and technical career paths provides a chance to learn about STEM fields and careers. This project is part of an NSF-funded research program that aims to study how filmmaking increases student learning and engagement with science and technology.
During these free KDNK member-only deliberative forums participants will weigh options, listen to understand, expand democratic attitudes around climate, water, and energy, build relationships, and increase their civic capacity. Sarah Johnson, trained deliberative forum moderator will be moderating the forums. You don’t need any special knowledge or preparation to participate. All KDNK members age 16 and up are invited to participate. Registration is required by emailing Gavin@kdnk.org.
KDNK Community Radio, 76 S. Second Street, Carbondale, CO 81623
What is a Deliberative Forum?
A moderated thoughtful public process where citizens will learn from one another, weighing various approaches, and find courses of action consistent with what the community and individuals hold valuable. During a deliberative forum, people:
Wild Rose Education coordinated this 2nd annual bioblitz in collaboration with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program and the landowner John Powers.
Environmental Issues Forums (EIF) are a North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) initiative designed to promote meaningful, productive deliberation about difficult issues that affect the environment and communities.
Environmental Issues Forums in the Classroom - In April 2016, the White House announced the inclusion of NAAEE and Kettering Foundation's Environmental Issues Forums (EIF) in the President's Climate Education and Literacy Initiative. NAAEE is committed to supporting teachers’ use of the Climate Choices issue guide in their classrooms. During the summer of 2016, Sarah Johnson was part of a team who created and drafted the new middle school level teacher's guide. The guide provides an introduction to the EIF issue guide Climate Choices: How should we meet the challenges of a warming planet? Using Climate Choices offers an opportunity for teachers and students to use a deliberative process to consider climate change choices. This resource provides background information on deliberation, how to use Climate Choices in the classroom, and material to help teachers moderate a forum with students. Ito also includes resources on teaching about climate change. Read more about EIF and NAAEE.
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