2024 Summer Camp Registration Opens January 10th, 2024
_High School Program______
November 1-3, 2023
For high school students in Colorado
H2O Outdoors is a 3-day program teaching high school students about the many uses of water and the policy which surrounds how Colorado’s water is managed. Throughout the program students will be learning about careers within water management, conducting field-based research, and visiting several key locations in Summit County, Colorado as they learn about the various stakeholders who work to manage our water.
Application Deadline: Applications for the Fall 2023 session are due by September 29th, 2023.
Notification of Acceptance: Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by email by October 4th, 2023.
Completion of Paperwork: Participants complete their registration by submitting the medical and liability form and paying the $28 registration fee (scholarships are available) no later than October 13th, 2023.
If signed paperwork and administrative deposit are not returned by Oct. 13 we will begin accepting applicants from the application waiting list.
Please note that this program schedule may change based on the availability of our mentors and expert panel members.
Student Pick up in Morrison
Students arrive at KSS
Intro to H2O Outdoors
Break into field groups receive stakeholder assignments, begin field day
Plumbing the Colorado
Field Day in Groups
Prepare Research Posters
Pulse Flow Video
Town Hall Meeting
Arrive at T-Rex lot for pickup
A key component of the H2O Outdoor program is our expert panel which provides students the opportunity to meet professionals currently working in the field of water management. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn about water and careers within water management.
Erik Anglund, P.E – Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Patrick Rutty – Alcova Resources Martha Moore – Colorado River District Mike Wilde – Colorado River District Matt Bond – Denver Water Travis Thompson – Denver Water Mike McHugh – Aurora Water Dan Gallen – Aurora Water Megan Vasser – Friends of the Lower Blue John Longhill – Middle Park Conservation District
Executive Director, Blue River Watershed Group
Kendra earned a degree in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly and soon after joined a field research and trail building crew in the Salmon-Challis National Forest. During her time with the trail building crew, Kendra learned just how heavily managed these remote and wild places actually are – this sparked her desire to share her passion for the environment with others. Following this spark, Kendra became a director and facilitator of outdoor environmental education.
Troy is a Colorado native with a deep-rooted passion for our state’s most precious resource. He is Water Commissioner for the Blue River Basin, and earned both his BA and MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado where he focused on water science and policy. Troy worked as a hydrologist for the US Forest Service for nine years, primarily on the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest. He is an incorrigible volunteer, a habitual board member, and a self-professed, serial water wonk!
Eastern Slope Shuttle
T-Rex Parking Lot: Location: I-70 and Morrison Road – Hwy 40 Golden, CO (North East corner of Intersection) Pick-up: 9:30am, Wednesday, November 1 Drop-off: 1:15pm, Friday, November 3
Our Address: Keystone Science School 1053 Soda Ridge Rd. Keystone, CO, 8043
Arrive: 10:45am, Wednesday, November 1 Depart: 12pm, Friday, November 3
We are so thankful for our program partners Denver Water and Aurora Water who provide funding and curriculum support for the H2O Outdoors Program.
In the words of students
“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!”
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