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.



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


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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.


The Confluence Institute began in July of 2010, this hybrid – four-day workshop is sponsored by Central Colorado Water Conservancy District, The City of Greeley, 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 three-year cycle: Focus on the Watershed, Focus on Urban, and Focus on Agriculture. Each participant can take the class all three years for a total of six-graduate credits.

The 2022 Confluence Institute –  Focus on Urban 

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 Curriculum Activity Guide 2.0 will be given out and lesson activities explored.

Building awareness of urban watersheds that deliver fresh water and remove storm and waste water, depictions of the different aspects of watershed structure, and visualizations of the beneficial and hazardous flows in watersheds. The relationship between urban and agriculture within our watershed will also be examined.
Two hours of college credit through UNC will be available for $100 paid by the participant. Those that have participated in previous institutes are welcome to attend. All new material will be covered. A CDE certificate of hours will 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 28, 29, 30, 2022  will be the in-person sessions from 8:30-3:30 Tuesday and Wednesdays and  8:30 to noon on Thursday
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, Mary Ellen Cannon, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 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!


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Workshop dates are: June 28, 29 and 30, 2022

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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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