Eighteen educators from across Colorado, Nebraska, and Nevada convened for a River Ecology and Water Management courses during the 2nd annual Western Rivers Teacher Workshop during Western State Colorado University's Summer Teacher Institute in June 2018.
Reflections from Participants
Participants' Story Maps
a project of Extended Studies Summer Teacher Institute
Western Rivers Teacher Workshops
Institute Feedback from Participants
- This course has motivated me to go from wanting to learn more about my own back yard to the actually doing.
- Another thanks for sharing your knowledge and expertise. The class was wonderful.
- Great info, speakers and field trips!
- Well thought out and planned. visiting Coldharbour was the perfect mix of "think" and "brain break" activities. So enjoyable! Wow, I soaked in and thoroughly enjoyed the entire workshop. I wish we had more time to delve deeper. I look forward to building on to the new knowledge through possible future workshops.
- I will use activities learning during the workshop in lesson plans for MS. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems.
- I will make my lessons more relative to CO water
- I want more ‘at the river’ experiences
- I am in Alaska now and much more observant of my surroundings because of the class.
- I feel that everything was well planned out and packed to overflowing in order to get as much out of the course as possible; and I was still left wanting more. Maybe a two week course with more hands on projects to help solidify learning?
- The workshop was attended primarily for personal gain to broaden my general watershed knowledge. The information will be very useful as I become more involved in school and community projects regarding water. This course has encouraged and motivated me to want to be a more inquisitive person regarding my surroundings. I am so EXCITED to use the new skills learned to "play" in my own backyard. Thank you for that!
Reflection on the River Institute from Sarah Johnson, Instructor
A couple final videos from the week
Water Availability in Colorado Deliberative Forum Guide Published - Ready for Use with High School and College Students
Environmental Issues Forums (EIF) provide tools, training, and support for engaging adults and students in meaningful, productive discussions about sticky issues that affect the environment and communities. -NAAEE, 2016
Beginning in November 2015, three members of the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) worked with fellow environmental educators across the country, the Kettering Foundation, and the North American Association for Environmental Education to create a framework for deliberation on national and state-specific water issues. The team included Sarah Johnson of Wild Rose Consulting, Kellie Gorman of Yampatika, and Hillary Mason of CAEE. In May 2016, the Colorado team tested their draft Colorado framework with two test forums where high school and college-level stakeholders engaged in deliberative decision-making processes focused around water availability across the state. A comprehensive test forum report was produced to contribute to further developing the Colorado Water Issues Deliberation Framework. The team's work culminated in September 2016 with the completion of a deliberative forum guide for navigating Colorado water quantity issues in high school and post-secondary learning environments.
The Colorado team is presenting the new deliberation framework at the October 2016 Western Slope Environmental Education Conference in Ridgway, Colorado. They will also be part of a panel presentation at the North American Association for Environmental Education's annual conference in Madison, Wisconsin in mid October 2016 where they will share the results of the test forums and the final published deliberation framework.
Download a free pdf of the Colorado Water Availability Deliberative Forum Guide to use with high school and post-secondary learning environments, and click here for more information about Environmental Issues Forums.
BioBlitz with Colorado Mountain College and Colorado State University In June 2016 Sarah conducted a private land biological survey in the form of a bioblitz. Students and scientists from the Colorado Natural Heritage Program and Colorado Mountain College were engaged in the project. This project was an integral part of establishing a long term ecological monitoring site in eastern Garfield County Colorado on private land near the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley campus. Students from CMC and scientists from the Aspen Global Climate Change Institute will continue to collect climate, plant, and phenology data for years to come. Read more.
In May 2016, three CAEE members joined fellow environmental educators across the country at the Kettering Foundation Semi-Annual Learning & Research Exchange. Over the course of three days, educators came together to create a framework for deliberation on national and state-specific water issues. The Colorado team presented a full report from two test forums where high school and college-level stakeholders engaged in deliberative decision-making processes focused around water distribution in Colorado.The report will contribute to a national Water Issue Guide prepared for the National Issues Forums Institute in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).The team's work will also culminate in a guidebook for navigating Colorado water quantity issues in high school and post-secondary learning environments.
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