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H2O Outdoors

Next H2O Outdoor Program
November 12-14, 2014
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.

The 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.


The Fall 2014 Session will be held November 12-14, 2014. To register for H2O Outdoors please contact Keystone School Programs Director Dave Miller. (DMiller@KeystoneScienceSchool.org or phone 970-468-2098 between 9am - 5pm MST Monday through Friday)

Please note that there is a $25 administrative fee for the program. The provided credit card or check will only be charged or cashed upon acceptance to the program. Scholarships are available to cover the $25 administrative fee.

Students will study the issue of water management within the west focusing on the Colorado River by assuming a stakeholder position and creating a collaborative list of policy recommendations surrounding the issue. Students'  background knowledge will be developed through a residential outdoor education experience at the Keystone Science School. While exploring the many uses of water, students will spend time on the Continental Divide, in the river conducting water testing and on the trails learning about basic water law.

Program Highlights
-- Student-driven debate with the purpose of creating water policy recommendations
-- Study of stream survey techniques used by water managers and hydrologists
-- Guest speakers from water managers, hydrologists and stakeholders within the issue of water management
-- Learning in a beautiful outdoor setting, while meeting other students from around the state

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Each fall and spring, the Colorado River District works with the Keystone Science School in Summit County and partners Denver Water and Aurora Water to produce a experiential learning experience where students can learn about water. H20 Outdoors is a problem-based initiative with a mission to foster awareness within issues surrounding water and the west, inspire critical thinking, and teach the process of citizen action.

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