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.
It was an honor to facilitate and participate in a panel discussion of four influential watershed education leaders from across Colorado on March 2, 2018 during the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education's annual Advancing EE conference in Denver.
Inspiring Educators in Place: Watershed Workshops
The forum highlighted four successful place-based water education programs across the state including Forest to Faucets, Western Rivers Teacher Workshops, and River Watch. Many effective strategies and practices for developing, or strengthening, place-based EE workshops were shared by Sarah Johnson - Wild Rose Education; Kay Phelps - Fort Lewis College; Natalie Brower- Kirton - City of Aurora; Barb Horn - Colorado Parks and Wildlife - River Watch
a project of Extended Studies Summer Teacher Institute
Western Rivers Teacher Workshops
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Living in the headwaters of the Colorado River Basin we have tremendous responsibility to protect this water source:
- it supplies drinking water to more than 40 million people in 7 states and 2 countries,
- irrigates more than 5.5 million acres of land,
- produces 4,200 megawatts of hydropower,
- supports a $26 billion recreation and tourism industry and,
- 45% of the Colorado River’s water is diverted out of the Basin. (Nature Conservancy)
Native fish and birds are already in decline, and cities and farms often struggle with reduced water supply. The ultimate testament of the demands on the Colorado, the river no longer reaches the sea.
The Youth Water Leadership Program is a multifaceted participant driven program for middle and high school students. The education experience is intended to increase water literacy and specifically Colorado River water management knowledge of students. The program inspires meaningful dialogue and community engagement between students, their teachers, and water resource professionals. Students and teachers engage in project based learning to create unique, student designed water stewardship research projects and evidence based action plans pertaining to a specific area of water and river management in the West. The student action plans promote confidence, critical thinking, and leadership skills applicable and tools necessary for the 21st century workforce.
The Youth Water Leadership Program connects students with the best available water resource and stream management information and exposes them to experts in the field as well as introduces future career possibilities. These experiences can include: bicycle ditch tours to understand the flow of water from the headgate on the river to the agricultural ditch on the school’s property with the local water commissioner and hydrologist; finding the spring that feeds the water features on the school property, roll playing water manager careers and making tough water supply decisions, simulating the prior appropriation water rights system in the West, and exploring how the plumbing of the Colorado River system works as well as its limitations.
During the culminating annual Youth Water Summit, students present their action plans and suggestions to water resource professionals (local water resources leaders, decision and policy makers, community leaders, and elected officials) as well as their peers from other schools.
This mini-conference for students and by students allows students the opportunity to come together from up and down the valley and share their science, exploration, research, and suggestions with each other and the community. The students need to be heard by adults who care about their work.
Come see on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in Carbondale, Colorado. Learn more.
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