Watershed Education Program
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Letter from the program directors:
Greetings to our Watershed Folks and those Beyond!
The Watershed Education Program (WEP) has successfully tied up all 2017 fall programming and is marching forward towards winter. Highlights from this last seasons STREAM-based programs included learning about how water is used in our Watershed on an overnight with Norwood 6th grade, exploring the geography and geology of the area on a single day trip with the Telluride 3rd grade, and the rich history of the region on a two day adventure with the Paradox High School. For a full Fall 2017 listing of programs see the “Fall” drop down bar in the WEP menu. (STREAM: Science; Technology; Reading; Engineering; Arts; Math).
In anticipation of snowy mountains, blustery weather and shorter days, WEP has already begun to plan winter 2018 trips. Snowshoe overnight trips to Cindy Farny’s High Camp Hut have been booked for Feb 14 – 15 (Paradox Valley Charter Middle); Feb 22 – 23 (Norwood Middle); March 8 – 9 (West End Middle). Trips are also in the works for a winter ecology day at the USFS Matterhorn Hut for the Norwood 5th grade and a winter ecology Matterhorn overnight for the Paradox Charter High. Both the High Camp Hut and the Matterhorn cabin are generously donated for these programs.
WEP is also very excited to announce the next Watershed Expedition Series. Dr. Andrew Gulliford of Ft. Lewis College will present the program: "Remembering the Goddess of Glen Canyon: Katie Lee" on January 19, 2018 at 6PM at the Wilkinson Public Library Program Room. The program is free and open to the public. More information will be posted prior to the event.
As always, if you have any questions regarding programming, volunteering or donating, please feel free to contact the WEP staff at any time.
Happy winter and hope for snow!
The WEP Team
Laura Kudo; Vicki Phelps; Elizabeth Stuffings
List of Fall 2017 Programs:
Sept. 6 – 7: Norwood 6th Grade Watershed Usage Tour Overnight
Sept. 20 – 21: Telluride 4th Grade Jud Weibe Watershed Overview Hike
Sept. 21: Naturita 3rd Watershed Geology Tour
Oct. 2 – 3: Telluride 5th Watershed Life Zones Sessions
Oct. 4 – 5: Norwood 4th Watershed Cultural History Tour
Oct. 10: Paradox High Cultural History Tour
Oct. 12 – 13: Telluride 3rd Watershed Geology Sessions
Thanks to our 'bridal veil' supporters and grantors
- The Lifton-Zoline Foundation
- Audrey Marnoy
- Stuart and Joanna Brown Charitable Fund
- Just for Kids Foundation
- San Miguel County
- Town of Telluride (CCAASE)
- Telluride Foundation
Laura Kudo, WEP CO-director
Laura has called the San Miguel Watershed region home for over 20 years. She holds a BFA, an education degree that includes elementary certification in K – 6 and art certification in K – 12 and an MA in Sustainability Education. She has worked with the youth of our area for almost 15 years, and her background includes curriculum development, full-time classroom teacher, art instructor and Mesa University instructor. Being the program director for WEP allows her to blend two of her greatest passions; kids and the great outdoors.
VICKI PHELPS, WEP CO-DIRECTOR
For the past 26 years, Vicki has taught middle and high school science and math, all subjects in intermediate school, and KG-8th grade visual arts. She has facilitated many outdoor environmental education and watershed studies in her district. As a botanist and landscape supervisor at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Vicki taught classes in ethnobotany, desert ecology and xeriscape gardening. She has trained at CU-Boulder’s ICEE (Inspiring Climate Education Excellence), funded by NASA, ran a middle school River Watch water quality monitoring program, and was an Adopt-a-Watershed program teacher. She has facilitated two “bioblitz” surveys of flora and fauna on a riparian restoration project on the Dolores River with local schools, university students, their professors, government agencies, and nonprofit groups. Vicki has served on the boards of the Telluride Institute and San Miguel Watershed Coalition. She has a BA degree in Biology with a minor in art from The Evergreen State College, a secondary science teaching certification from the U of AZ, and elementary certification and a masters degree in Education from Adams State College.
Elizabeth Stuffings, WEP Instructor
Elizabeth has lived and worked in the San Miguel Watershed for the past eight years. After receiving a BA from the University of Colorado in Anthropology, she promptly moved to the San Juan Mountains and began a career in natural resources management—specifically in rangeland and invasive species ecology. Most recently, Elizabeth began working as the Program Coordinator and Water Quality Tester for the San Miguel Watershed Coalition. Elizabeth is excited to work with WEP and share her passion and knowledge of the San Miguel Watershed with local schoolchildren.
Alessandra Jacobson, bvlc program director
Alessandra has lived in Telluride for 16 years and has juggled many jobs pertaining to environmental monitoring and water quality. She received a BA from CU in Physical Geography and Sociology. Her experience and enthusiasm has made her an integral part of WEP for many years as a WEP instructor and as the Program Director of the Bridal Veil Living Classroom. This summer she taught and mentored nine wonderful gals from the San Miguel Watershed, and helped them develop independent scientific research projects that they carried out all over the watershed. She has three beautiful children and loves to go on outdoor adventures with them!
See WEP news articles here.
For further information, send an email to WEP Director, Laura Kudo.
or contact at:
PO Box 1770
Telluride, CO 81435
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