Middle School Watershed Week
Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth graders in Grand County experience a variety of fun outdoor activities focusing on watershed education every fall through GCWIN's Watershed Week program. While these trips were halted during 2020-2022, they were reinstated in the fall of 2023 for both East and West Grand school districts.
West Grand Field Trips
West Grand sixth graders experience an informative hike through Gore canyon and learn about the watershed, its importance to providing clean water to the environment and to people, and how pollution affects it.
The seventh grade class has a tour at Henderson Mill in the morning and learn about water clarity and water microorganisms in the afternoon.
Eighth graders spend their field trip at the Colorado River, learning about soil, collecting macroinvertebrates, testing the river's water quality, and fish shocking with CO Parks and Wildlife's Jon Ewert.
East Grand Field Trips
Sixth Graders spend half their day at Grand Lake, where they learn about the CB-T project, macroinvertebrates, and how to collect water clarity data. The other half of the day is spent at Rocky Mountain National Park learning about beavers, willows, and wetlands.
East Grand seventh graders split up the day as well, half spent at the headwaters center collecting macroinvertebrates and fish shocking, and the other half on an informative hike to the Broom Hut on Berthoud Pass.
The eighth grade class spends their day at the headwaters center sampling benthic macroinvertebrates, testing the Fraser River water quality, and fish shocking with CO Parks & Wildlife Jon Ewert.