What we do:

The Watershed Education Program (WEP) provides hands-on education for grades K-12 in the San Miguel, from its headwaters in the high alpine zone down to the confluence of the San Miguel with the Dolores River. Our main focus is assisting classroom teachers in planning, preparing and executing full day and overnight field trips that are tied directly to their classroom curriculum and the Colorado State Standards. We use the San Miguel River Watershed as the core element of a place-based curriculum that includes science, history, mathematics, language arts and art and offer different programs each season: spring, summer, fall and winter. WEP works in all the schools of the San Miguel River Watershed, including: Telluride, Norwood, Nucla, Naturita and Paradox Valley. All programming is provided FREE of charge to the schools. WEP raises the funding through grants, foundation donations, and private donations.


A commitment to contribute to the raising of a generation of informed stewards of place and community.



To use the San Miguel Watershed as a non-arbitrary, place-based teaching tool of physical, ecological, hydrological, cultural, historical, and economic relationships. Exploration, study, and creative, hands-on learning within such a matrix is more interesting, vivid, and in the end, more meaningful and memorable.


    WEP Ramping up for Another Season of School Programming
    September 12, 2019
    The Watershed Education Program (WEP) is ramping up for another season of fall programming with area schools. The educational...
    Next Watershed Expedition Series @ January 24, 2019
    January 11, 2019
    Please join us for our next Watershed Expedition Series event: "Up the River" with local favorite adventurer Kristen Hughes....
    Support Watershed Education Program on 12.12.18
    December 11, 2018
    The Watershed Education Program (WEP) is committed to raising a generation of informed stewards of place and community! WEP provides free,...
    Happy International Mountain Day!
    December 11, 2018
    All the major rivers in the world – from the Rio Grande to the Nile – have their headwaters...
    Fall Greetings from the WEP Directors
    October 25, 2018
    Greetings from the WEP Directors,The days are crisper, shorter and colder, which can only mean one thing…winter is coming!...
    Walking in the Footsteps of Modern Wildlife Biologists: FREE on August 7, 2018
    July 31, 2018
    Want to get to know the diversity of birds and other wildlife of the Telluride area? Join experts on...

Watch this “thank you” video from Telluride Mountain School:

“Progress does not have to be patented to be worthwhile. Progress can also be measured by our interactions with nature and its preservation. Can we teach children to look at a flower and see all the things it represents: beauty, the health of an ecosystem, and the potential for healing?”   (Richard Louv, Author of Last Child in the Woods)

Thank you to our ‘bridal veil’ supporters & grantors:

The Lifton-Zoline Family Foundation
Audrey Marnoy
Stuart and Joanna Brown Charitable Fund
Just for Kids Foundation
San Miguel County
Town of Telluride (CCAASE)
Telluride Foundation

For further information, send an email to WEP Director, Laura Kudo or contact at:
(970) 729-1098 or laura@tellurideinstitute.org
PO Box 1770, Telluride, CO 81435​