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Water Wonders

_Girls in STEM______

Girls in STEM Water Wonders

October 18-20, 2024

Calling all aspiring young scientists! Dive into the exciting world of water careers with our Girls in STEM: Water Wonders program. Join us on an unforgettable journey where 4th-8th grade female and non-binary students explore careers in river restoration and water filtration. Get ready to roll up your sleeves as participants engage firsthand with women leading a stream restoration project, delve into stream surveying, and embark on an eye-opening tour of a water treatment facility. Throughout the program, inspirational women in hydrology share their stories, offering invaluable insights into navigating male-dominated industries. Empower your child to dream big and discover a newfound passion for the fascinating world of water science!

Rates & Amenities

This program is subsidized on a sliding fee scale for local families – see the chart below. This price includes lodging in our dorms, all meals, programming and use of supplies and technology.

Free & Reduced Lunch rate$60
CHP+ (Child Health Plan Plus) rate$190
Fully Pay rate$350

Scholarships & Financial Assistance

If you have a financial barrier, please apply for a scholarship for the Girls in STEM program. All scholarships will be determined on a rolling basis and offered based on financial need.


We offer free transportation to local students at Dillon Valley Elementary and Silverthorne Elementary!

  • KSS pickup students from school on Friday afternoon from Silverthorne Elementary and Dillon Valley Elementary at 4:00pm.
  • Parent Pickup at KSS on Sunday at 12pm or Silverthorne Elementary and Dillon Valley Elementary at 1:00pm.

Packing List

A student performs a water test in Girls in STEM

Program Schedule

Please note that this program schedule may change based on the availability of our STEM Mentors.

Mentor teaching on a whiteboard at Girls in STEM


Oct. 20
4:00pmCheck-in begins
4:00pmPick up at Dillon Valley Elementary & Silverthorne Elementary
5:00pmCheck-in ends
5:30pmProgram Kickoff
7:00pmWatershed Activity
8:30pmHead back to dorms
9:30pmLights Out


Oct. 21
9:00amOverview of the day
9:30amStream Survey projects
1:00pmMentor Connection Activity
2:00pmGroup Games & Snack
3:00pmProject Work Time
5:00pmFlex Time
7:00pmMovie night
8:30pmHead back to dorms
9:30pmLights out
A student raises her hand during Girls in STEM Water in the West


Oct. 22
8:30amOverview of the day
9:00amProject work time
11:45pmArrive for checkout
12:00pmParent presentation – Science Communication
School Store open
1:00pmDropoff at Dillon Valley Elementary or Silverthorne Elementary

STEM Mentors

A variety of female professionals will be interacting with all participating girls throughout the weekend.

Thank you to our Program Donors

We are so thankful for the corporate, foundational, and individual supporters of our Girls in STEM program. If you are interested in supporting this program please contact our Development Director, Owen Dodd at or call (970)513-5833.

Xcel Energy
US Bank
JP Innovation Project
The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Phillippon Research Institute
Denver Water
Aurora Water
Oxy Occidental
Breck Film

In the words of parents

“No phones. Dedicated time to focus on self. Reminders about gratitude. Getting in touch with nature. The counselors are strong, sweet, great role models.”

“My kid looks forward to this every year! It is so important for her to get out of her usual routine and meet new people and get a chance to be on her own.”

“We love KSS. The growth our kids have each summer is priceless. Thank you for all the hard work, planning and everything that goes into what you do!”

Check out more All-Girls programs at KSS!

Adventures is the next step in progression at KSS, and we have girls-only trips coming up next summer!

We also have more Girls in STEM programs coming up, including Snow Science this winter!

A girl looks up during an adventure rock climbing day at KSS summer camp.

All-Girls Climbing

Grades 6th-8th

A student and mentor inspect a snow stake in the Girls in STEM Snow & Avalanche weekend.

Girls in STEM Snow Science

February 9-11