CCWCD strongly believes that the key to protecting our water resources while sustaining agriculture production is through education. We offer educational opportunities to our citizens from kindergarten through senior.

CHILDREN'S WATER FESTIVAL

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The Central Colorado Water Conservancy District created the Children’s Water Festival in 1991. This festival is one of the oldest children’s water festivals in the nation.

The festival is a free event where Colorado Water professionals provide presentations and activities about water, conservation, health, and aquatic life. A wide range of curriculum areas are covered, including language arts, math, science, social studies, visual art, and health.

The water festival focuses on 4th & 5th grade students in Weld, Morgan, and Adams Counties. The day long event is designed to teach students that water is an essential, limited resource and that they can take action to protect . The event provides teachers with materials and lessons that they can use for years to come.

  • 2019 CWF
  • 2019 CWF
  • 2019 CWF
  • 2019 CWF
  • 2019 CWF

WELL WATCH PROGRAM

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The goal of the Well Watch Project is to develop greater understandings and applications of groundwater science by students and teachers, and to develop an awareness of its past, present, and future history.

The Well Watch Project was first begun in 1991 with the drilling of the first monitoring well at Eaton Elementary School. Two more were drilled in 1992 and 14 other ones added in by 1995.  The Central Colorado Water Conservancy District (CCWCD) spearheaded the drilling of the monitoring water wells. Project time, labor, permitting and equipment were all donated by various partners, including R&R Well and Pump, Lesh Drilling, Enviro Drilling Pumps, Colorado State University and Ledall Brothers Construction, Inc. The wells ranged from Eaton to Pueblo. Due to lack of technology to store and analyze data collected by students, interest in the project waned and it became less of a priority. In 2010, the West Greeley Conservation District funded a Poudre Learning Center (PLC) intern to complete a survey of the PLC hydrology and suggest the location for two monitoring wells to be used for K-12 and community education. The intern worked with PLC, CCWCD and the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) staff to install three wells at the PLC. The success of this project lead to desire from CCWCD to revitalize the Well Watch Project.

Today 10 schools are actively involved in the program and efforts are being made to recruit more classrooms.

CONFLUENCE INSTITUTE

The Confluence Institute began in July of 2010, this four-day workshop is sponsored by Central Colorado Water Conservancy District, West Greeley Conservation District and the Poudre Learning Center. It is a wonderful educational opportunity for teachers who have had little or no exposure to agriculture and our natural resources. Participants have the option to take the workshop for two continuing education credits. The workshop is free to area K-12 teachers as well as non-formal educators.

The workshop is offered every summer and is set on a revolving two-year cycle: Focus on the Watershed, and Focus on Agriculture. Each participant can take the class both years for a total of four-graduate credits.

The curriculum is focused on Project WET USA water lessons. Participating teachers will receive the Project WET Guide 2.0 packed full of lesson plans that correlate to national science standards. They will learn how to use the guide and teach activities. Each year we offer different speakers and tours. Past examples include Gateway Natural Area, City of Greeley Water Treatment facility, and Bee Family Farms; lunch is always provided.

This years workshop will focus on the interactions between the earth’s systems geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere in this hybrid part hands-on part virtual, self-study. The Institute is designed to help build your understanding of basic watershed concepts; especially related to the Cache la Poudre & South Platte Watersheds and water issues in north central and north-eastern Colorado. Project Wet Activity Guide will be given out and lesson activities explored. Two hours of college credit through UNC will be available for $100 paid by the participant. A CDE certificate of hours will also be provided.

Audience: K-12 Teachers and non-traditional Educators
Total hours: 30 hours (15 hours in-person)
Where: Poudre Learning Center (PLC), 8313 W. F Street, Greeley, CO
Maximum # of Participants: 25
Dates: June 29-30th will be the in-person sessions from 8:30-3:30
Instructors: Amy Nicholl and Ivonne Morales from the Poudre Learning Center; Tammy Rusch and Courtney Sandoval, Central Colorado Water Conservancy District, Kristi Helzer, West Greeley Conservation District, and Ruth Quade, City of Greeley

Participants have the option to take the workshop for two continuing education credits. The workshop is free to area K-12 teachers as well as non-formal educators. Lunch is always provided!

Register for the 2021 Confluence Institute
Focus on Watershed.
Registration is open through June 1, 2021 or until full

The workshop is limited to 25 participants
so register early!

Workshop dates are:

Pre-online Learning In-person Learning Post-online Learning
June 14 – 28 June 29-30 July 1 – 14
Project WET

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

Each year Central’s Board of Directors offer a $1000.00 college scholarship to one graduating senior from the 12 high schools within our district boundaries. Application should be turned in to your high school counseling office by May 1 of each year. 

2020 Scholarships were awarded to:

  • Garrett Fritzler – Fort Morgan High School
  • Kyle Melvin – Prairie View High School
  • James Kuemmerle – Weld Central High School
  • Brianna Diaz – Brighton High School
  • Paige Finegan – Wiggins High School
  • Karina Gonzales – Fort Lupton High School
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