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.

Mission:

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

Vision:

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.

LATEST WEP NEWS & EVENTS

  • VIEW POST
    Explore Water Resources with Local Experts on June 20, 2018
    June 6, 2018
    A citizen science opportunity, free and open to the public! The Telluride Institute’s Watershed Education Program will host the second...
  • VIEW POST
    Valley Floor Living Classroom Launches May 22, 2018
    May 15, 2018
    High school students and adults are invited to participate in hands-on science on the Valley Floor through a free...
  • VIEW POST
    Letter from WEP Program Directors
    April 20, 2018
    Telluride Institute Launches 2018 Summer Program. Greetings to our Watershed Folks and those Beyond! The Watershed Education Program (WEP) staff is...
  • VIEW POST
    Letter From the WEP Program Directors
    January 1, 2018
    Greetings to our Watershed Folks and those Beyond! The Watershed Education Program (WEP) has successfully tied up all 2017 fall...
  • VIEW POST
    Watershed Expedition Series, Jan. 19, 2018
    December 31, 2017
    The winter 2018 Watershed Expedition Series program will feature Dr. Andrew Gulliford of Ft. Lewis College -  January 19,...
  • VIEW POST
    Watershed Expedition Series, July 26, 2017
    July 16, 2017
    Jay Loschert & Wade Hanson –  July 26th, 2017 @ 6:30 – 8:00 PM High Water will be featured at the...

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​