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
Upon request, GCWIN can help lead student or professional groups on tours of Grand County watersheds. If you are an educator or would like more information on the programs GCWIN offers, please call us at 970-627-8162.
High school bugweek
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.
Middle School watershed week
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 Schools.
GCWIN has developed several interactive lessons for elementary aged students and currently runs workshops every spring at Point Park Day for 2nd graders as well as every fall at Monarch Lake Education Day for 5th graders.
We also offer classroom visits.
Tiny Trout's Preschool Program
GCWIN's newest program where we teach a 5-6 week program to pre-school students. The curriculum is derived from Project Wet's - "Getting Little Feet Wet". The final week of the program the kids go on a field trip to a local river.