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SCAPE (Sustainable Communities and Place-based Education) is an environmental education project that combines online learning and field observations linked to living classrooms across the Colorado and Columbia River Basins. Students and community members learn about human health threats that arise from pollution to river systems, STEM-aligned methods for measuring in-stream flow, and techniques for sampling water quality parameters and gathering indicator species to investigate potential sources of pollution.

Map of SCAPE Study Area


The map below shows the Columbia and Colorado River Basins and our partner schools.  Click on individual “pushpins” or other features to access “pop-ups” with further information.  You can also zoom the map and change the background “base map” by using the controls in the upper left of the map.  Zoom to specific locations by entering an address or place in the dialog box at the upper right.  Be patient the first time you load the map.  It may take about a minute or so depending on your connection speed.


Learn more about SCAPE and our environmental education projects by watching the selected videos below. Follow us on Vimeo to see more.


Project Participants

Project Participants
Anderson, Brian—Fiscal Specialist, HIDA, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Bires, Chris–Science Teacher, Boulder City High School, Boulder City, NV
Brown, Krystal—Science Teacher, Gunnison High School Gunnison, CO
Bombe, Kaard–Videographer, Phoenix, AZ
Collins, Dan–Professor, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (PI)
Cook-Davis, Alison—UOEEE, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
​Cordova, Jesus–Science Teacher, PPEP Tec High School / Jose Yepez Learning Center, Somerton, Arizona
Dunbar, Kevin–Science Teacher, Cedaredge High School, Cedaredge, CO
Elser, Monica–Environmental Educator, ASU / Flathead Lake Biological Station
Haberstroh, Paul–Professor, Mohave Community College, Lake Havasu, AZ
Hartnett, Hilairy–Professor, Arizona State University (Co-I)
John Hausdoerffer, John—Dean, ENVS, Western Colorado U., Gunnison, CO
Kelly Houle—Science Teacher, Columbia Falls High School, Columbia Falls, MT
​Irvin, Stephanie–TA, Grand County High School, Moab, Utah
Jones, Casey–Science Teacher, Orme School, Mayer, Arizona  [retired]
Jones, Damien–Math Teacher and Navajo Spiritual Teacher, Gallup, New Mexico
Kidd, Toby—Educational Technology Specialist, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Kudo, Laura–Environmental Educator, Telluride Institute, Telluride, Colorado
Lundquist, Laurie–Artist, Tempe, Arizona
Lybrand, Rex–Science Teacher, Telluride High School, Telluride, Colorado
McClellen, Kristen–Science Teacher, Grand Junction High School, Grand Junction, Colorado
Noble, Deb–Science Teacher, Pinedale High School, Pinedale, WY
Norenberg, Anne–Intern, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Phelps, Vicki–Environmental Educator, Telluride Institute, Telluride, Colorado
Ortiz, Elena–Professor, Biology, Phoenix College, Phoenix, Arizona
​Romero, Hector–Science Teacher, PPEP Tec HS / Cesar Chavez Learning Center, San Luis, Arizona
Rowe, Helen–Executive Director, McDowell-Sonoran Conservancy Field Institute
Sellen, Jeffrey –Professor, ENVS, Western Colorado U., Gunnison, CO
Singh, Renu–Science Teacher & Director, Gifted and Talented Academy, Maryvale High School, Phoenix, AZ
Smith, Garrett—Director, Watershed Education Program,  Chief Scientist, Telluride Institute, CO
Smith, Steve–Science Teacher, Animas High School, Durango, Colorado
Stuffings, Elizabeth–Environmental Educator – San Miguel Watershed Coalition, Telluride, CO
Szymkowicz, Tucker—Executive Director, Telluride Institute, Telluride, CO
Tsongas, Jedd—Science Teacher, Ronan High School, Ronan, MT
Trujillo, Tina—Science Teacher, Animas High School, Durango, CO
Jessica Vincent, Jessica—Intern, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO
Walker-Irvin, Mary–Science Teacher, Grand County High School, Moab, UT
Ylatupa-McWhorter, Shaun–Spatial Database Technologist, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Schools & Education Centers

Schools and Educational Centers
Animas High School, Durango, Colorado (SCAPE & SCAPE 2.0)
Arizona State University (GIOS, HIDA, SoLS)
Boulder City High School, Boulder City, Nevada (SCAPE)
Cedaredge High School, Cedaredge, Colorado (SCAPE & SCAPE 2.0)
Columbia Falls High School, Columbia Falls, MT (SCAPE 2.0)
Dine College, Tsaile, Arizona [inactive]
Grand County High School, Moab, Utah (SCAPE)
Grand Junction High School, Grand Junction, Colorado (SCAPE)
Gunnison High School Gunnison, CO (SCAPE 2.0)
​Kofa High School, Yuma, AZ [withdrawn]
Lake Havasu High School, Lake Havasu City, Arizona (SCAPE)
Maryvale High School, Phoenix, Arizona (SCAPE)
Navajo Youth Group, Chinle, Arizona [inactive]
Orme School, Mayer, Arizona (SCAPE@Orme Project) [withdrawn]
Pinedale High School, Wyoming (SCAPE & SCAPE 2.0)
PPEP Tec HS / Cesar Chavez Learning Center, San Luis, Arizona (SCAPE)
PPEP Tec High School / Jose Yepez Learning Center, Somerton, Arizona (SCAPE)
Ronan High School, Ronan, MT (SCAPE 2.0)
Telluride High School, Colorado (SCAPE)
Telluride Institute, Telluride, Colorado

Non-profits & State & Federal Agencies

American Rivers:
Dig Deep
Telluride Institute, Telluride, Colorado

State & Federal Agencies
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
National Park Service.  Theresa A. Thom, Ph.D.,  Aquatic Ecologist, Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Videos & Websites

Bombe, Kaard. The Orme School – SCAPE Classroom Work (work in progress). Feb. 2017. Password: ORME.
Bombe, Kaard. Durango Tourism Declines in Aftermath of EPA Mine Spill. August 22, 2015
Cedarleaf, Scott (2013). Pipe Spring National Monument. Fly through using LIDAR.
Collins, D. (2012), Atlas of the Rio Salado.
Collins, Rowe, and Bombe at Adapting to a WaterStressed West Forum. CLAS/ASU, Nov. 26, 2013.
NASA. Megadroughts projected for American West. Feb. 12, 2015
​White, Dave, Charting A Course for Colorado River Water, March 24, 2017

Dig Deep.
Future H20 @ ASU.
Great Lakes BioEnergy Research Center: (great curriculum design)


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