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A citizen science opportunity, free and open to the public!

The Telluride Institute’s Watershed Education Program will host the second session of the Valley Floor Living Classroom on June 20th, from 9am – 12pm. High school students and adults are invited to participate in hands-on science on the Valley Floor through this free and open-to-the-public education opportunity.

The second installment of the Living Classroom will focus on the water resources of the Valley Floor. Attendees will have the opportunity to get their hands wet and help scientists monitor the health of the San Miguel River, wetlands and riparian vegetation. Participants will learn about local water quality issues, the impacts of this year’s low run-off, and what the health of river bug populations can tell the community about the resiliency of local ecosystems.

Water experts will be available to demonstrate how to test surface water quality, determine how much water is flowing in the San Miguel and interpret what that means for wildlife and human communities, and how to identify macroinvertebrates and what their populations reveal about the health of the watershed.

Guests will come away from the trip having a better understanding of how Telluride’s dynamic water processes may impact their communities and how to protect the Valley Floor’s unique water resources.

The field trip will meet at 9am at the far west end Valley Floor parking area (across CO HWY 145 from the Society Conoco gas station). Participants should bring hiking gear for walking on the Valley Floor and, if available, waterproof boots or waders.

For more information, please contact: Elizabeth Stuffings, WEP Instructor at 970-708-8330 or

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