This fall, high school students could have the opportunity to explore the issues surrounding Colorado’s water resources.
Through a hands-on three-day camp held at the Keystone Science School, students will learn where Colorado’s water comes from and the intricacies of the state’s water law. The school started the program, called H20 Outdoors, in 2009. This year, the school will be accepting 60 applicants, doubling its amount of participants from years past.
“We’re getting more students talking about water, understanding where their water comes from and all understanding the pieces involved,” said Dave Miller, program director at Keystone Science School.
According to Miller, the program benefits from connecting students from Colorado’s diverse geographic regions, who offer different water perspectives.
“In Grand County and Summit County, we know much of our water is held in snow,” Miller said. “In the Eastern areas of the state, they understand water’s importance in agriculture, compared with those who live in the metropolitan area, who understand the conservation and reservoir piece.”
Hiking through the Continental Divide, students will conduct water quality experiments and study their watershed. They’ll meet with actual water stakeholders in Colorado, including Denver Water and the Colorado River District. They’ll assume stakeholder roles and work with fellow students to create their own water management recommendations.
“That’s really something that makes this program different,” Miller said. “Students are given a stakeholder role, and assume that role through the whole program and exploring things through that lens.”
This year’s H2O Outdoors program will be held Nov. 13-15, and applications are due no later than Oct. 18. An information packet and application form are available on the Keystone Science School website. The program cost is $25 per student, but scholarships are available for students in need. Keystone Science School will provide all meals and snacks as well as dorm-style lodging.
Leia Larsen can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603.