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!