H2O Outdoors - October 22–24, 2019

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.

The program is open on an application basis to any high school student currently living in Colorado. Once students are accepted there is a $25 registration fee which covers all lodging, meals, and transportation.


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Program Schedule

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
11am Arrival & Program Orientation
12pm Introduction to Water Management, Watersheds, and Water Policy
2pm Tour of Continental Divide
4pm Expert Panel - Students interact with professionals in the field of water management
6pm Dinner
7:30pm Evening Program: Positions & Interests of Stakeholders
10pm Lights Out
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
8am Breakfast
9:15am Water Law and the Colorado River Compact
1pm Field Research Project - Measuring Water Quality
5pm Free Time
6pm Dinner
7:30pm Evening Program: How to Form Consensus
10pm Lights Out
Thursday, October 24, 2019
8am Breakfast
9:15am Town Hall Meeting: Students generate their policy recommendations of how water should be managed.

Expert Panel

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.

Past Panelists

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

Application Procedures

Application Deadline Applications for the Fall 2019 session are due by Thursday, September 26, 2019.
Notification of Acceptance Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by email on Monday,September 30, 2019.
Completion of Paperwork Participants complete their registration by submitting the medical and liability form, and paying the $25 registration fee (scholarships are available) no later than Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

If signed paperwork and administrative deposit are not returned by October 9, 2019 students we will begin accepting applicants from the application waiting list.

H2O Outdoors Travel Options

Eastern Slope Shuttle

T-Rex Parking Lot
I-70 and Morrison Road (Hwy 40)
Golden, CO
(North East corner of Intersection)

Pick-up: 9:30am, Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Drop-off: 1:15pm, Thursday, October 24, 2019

Western Slope Shuttle

101 West 6th Street
Glenwood Springs, CO
(off exit 116 I-70)

Pick-up: 9am, Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Drop-off: 2pm, Thursday, October 24, 2019

Self Transportation

Keystone Science School
1053 Soda Ridge Rd.
Keystone, CO, 80435

Arrive: 10:45am, Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Depart: 12pm, Thursday, October 24, 2019

Program Partners

We are so thankful for our program partners who provide funding and curriculum support for the H2O Outdoors Program.

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Interested in bringing your school group to KSS? Get in touch today!

We’re always happy to help plan your next outdoor education experience to ensure that your students have the best overnight field trip of their lives! Should you have questions about any step of the process, or associated paperwork, please contact us.

Call Us (970)468-2098
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm MST

Email Us at Support@KeystoneScienceSchool.org
We will respond promptly.