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) staff is finishing up a very successful season of spring 2018 programming with area schools. The educational highlights include STREAM-based trips (Science, Technology, Reading/Literacy, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics); focusing on the upper watershed, originating in the San Juan Mountains to the semi-desert country to the west.
WEP staff assisted the Norwood High School biology class with a study of riparian restoration in Cottonwood Creek, and a fish ecology comparative study of the San Miguel River and Leopard Creek with Norwood 7th grade students.
WEP led Paradox 3-5th students on a life zones exploration, from the semi-desert scrublands of Paradox Valley into the La Sal Mountains. Naturita 5th and 6th grade students joined WEP staff and an archaeologist on a two-day overnight archaeology tour of archaeological sites of ancient Anasazi and Utes.
Norwood 5th graders ventured on a three day renewable and nonrenewable energy trip, starting with a look at hydroelectric power at Bridal Veil and Ames Hydro Power Stations, touring the Norwood solar array, the Tristate Coal-fired Generation Station outside Nucla, a look at the history of uranium production at the Rimrocker Museum, a tour of the Naturita Community Library and its geothermally-heated, energy-efficient straw-bale building construction. Our final destination was a camp out and tour of the Latigo Wind Farm outside Monticello, Utah.
The season will end with a climate change-related tour with Norwood 6th graders, where they will meet with biologists to study indicators of climate change, incuding impacts on sage grouse, forest trees’ impact by beetles and drought, etc. WEP will lead Telluride 4th graders on a water use trip, where we will hike up to Mill Creek water treatment plant and also tour the wastewater treatment plant. Students have been studying how precious our water resource is and how it needs to be conserved and protected.
Join us this summer for the Valley Floor Living Classroom 2018 hikes, which will be geared for high school age to adults. There will be a different focus each month, starting with forest health on May 22, water quality on June 20, a fen study in July (date TBA), and a birding and wildlife hike on August 7. See further info on the Telluride Institute home page.
On July 16, WEP and Wilkinson Public Library will be hosting our biannual Watershed Expedition Series event. Keep an eye out in the media and the www.tellurideinstitute.org web page for the guest presentations and more info.
Have a wonderful summer season!
The WEP Team
Laura Kudo, email@example.com
Vicki Phelps, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Elizabeth Stuffings, email@example.com
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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