Educationg Grand County Students

Watersheds, as defined geographic entities with distinct ecological systems, are the logical starting point for water education. GCWIN's multi-disciplinary educational programs aim to:

  • Facilitate hands-on activities that enable students to interact with their watershed
  • Demonstrate the systems of water management within our community
  • Introduce the opportunities of environmentally-focused careers
  • Reinforce the ethic of scientific inquiry and environmental stewardship

If you are an educator or would like more information on the programs GCWIN offers, please call us at 970-627-8162.


Current Programs:

High School Bug Week

A week-long workshop where high school students learn about river ecology, the biological importance of Benthic Macroinvertebrates, and head to the field for a sampling day. Learn More

Middle School Watershed Week

Thanks to generous past grants from Climax Moybdenum Mine, New Belgium Brewing, Xcel Education Fund,  GCWIN has been able to provide Watershed Week since 2010 for Grand County Middle School Students. GCWIN works alongside teachers to develop a week's worth of interactive activities and field projects that teaches students about their watershed.This program is done both in East & West Grand SchoolsLearn More

Elementary School Workshops

GCWIN has developed several interactive lessons for elementary aged students and currently runs workshops every fall at the US Forest Service Monarch Lake Education Day for 5th graders and the Grand County Children's Water Festival also for 5th graders.

We also offer classroom visits. 

Touring our Watershed

Upon request, GCWIN can help lead student or professional groups on tours of Grand County watersheds OR you can experience the water systems in Grand County on your own through our Grand County Geo Tour! Learn More

Let's Move Outside!


When possible, GCWIN's education programs will partner with the Department of the Interior's Let's Move Outside initiative. Both the sixth and seventh grade Watershed Week field trips include a hike designed to be simultaneously educational and active. Read more about the Watershed Week trips and their Let's Move component here.

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