‘We’re getting more students talking about water, understanding where their water comes from’ — Dave Miller

Students pulling samples
Students pulling samples
From the Keystone Science School:


Fall 2013 Session: November 13-15

Fall 2013 Brochure

H2O Outdoors is a three-day, standards based, educational camp held at the Keystone Science School campus. The program, sponsored by Keystone Science School, Colorado River District, Aurora Water and Denver Water, is open to all Colorado high school students.

H2OThe aim of the program is to help students understand the issues and questions surrounding Colorado’s water resources and how the decision-making process works in real life. Students will experience firsthand where Colorado’s water comes from, learn about Colorado’s water law while hiking the Continental Divide, and conduct hands-on water quality experiments as they explore and observe their watershed. They’ll also meet experts representing actual stakeholder groups, and collaborate with fellow students to create water management policy recommendations. At the close of the program, students will present their findings during a “town hall” style dialogue.

Keystone Science School provides meals and dorm-style housing for all students and chaperones. Thanks to generous sponsorships from the Colorado River District, Aurora Water and Denver Water, the program is offered at no charge to participants and requires only a nominal administrative fee. Our goal is to create a program with a diverse geographic representation of students across Colorado.

Watch this video produced by our partners at Aurora Water!

From the Sky-Hi Daily News (Leia Larsen):

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…

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.”

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