Watershed Education Programs for Schools

Since 1997, Roaring Fork Conservancy has taught students about the precious resource that unites our valley — water. Watershed education programs are available to school, youth and civic groups year-round. All programs incorporate inquiry learning, hands-on activities, and relevant place-based content for students in the Roaring Fork Valley.

All programs are correlated to the Colorado Academic Standards and North American Association of Environmental Education Standards. We strive to help teachers meet curriculum needs.

Program Fees
Program fees are $50/hour or $75/hour for stand-alone programs. Your school may qualify for financial assistance through one of our education grants.



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Schedule a School Program:

Please fill out an Education Program Request Form and send to Megan Dean, Director of Education, at megan@roaringfork.org. For questions regarding education programs, call Megan at (970) 927-1290. 


Schedule early. Programs fill quickly, especially in the spring!

Available Programs

Here are samples of our most popular educational programs, from pre-school to college age classes.

  • Aquatic Insects: Life Cycle
  • Wetlands
  • Stream Trailer
  • Science and Art
  • Watershed Mapping
  • Sum of the Parts: Non-point source Pollution
  • Local Water History
  • Life Zones 


  • Aquatic Insects: Adaptations
  • Water Cycle: Incredible Journey
  • Ruedi Reservoir Field Trip
  • Geomorphology Field Trip
  • Weather
  • Snow Science: Snow to Flow
  • Aquatic Insects: Pollution Tolerance Index 
  • American Dippers and Riparian Health  


  • Enviroscape: Non-point source pollution
  • Stormwater: Storm Drain Hunt
  • Riparian Zone: Metaphors
  • Groundwater Model
  • Understanding and Seeing Watersheds
  • Water Allocation: Plumbing the Colorado
  • Watershed Manager: Diverse Stakeholders


Custom & Outdoor Education Programs
With a staff of quality environmental educators we are able to create and provide new and different educational programs. Topics can include anything related to rivers and water, including but not limited to weather, ecology, riparian plants and animals, water law, water resources, water history, water chemistry, water quality, groundwater, land use, geology, wetlands, literature studies, fly fishing, art and science, and more. 

Many schools in the Roaring Fork Valley provide varying degrees of Experiential Education/Outdoor Education programs for their students. We are glad to provide educational programming prior to student river trips. Many times we have been able to send one of our educators on school river trips and provide environmental education programming during the trip. Please contact us to discuss how we can assist your school's program.

Roaring Fork Conservancy is also a member of Winter Wildlands Alliance SnowSchool, offering various snow science workshops and classes for children and adults!


Thank you to the following schools for their continued support: 

Alpine Christian Academy 
Aspen Community School 
Aspen Country Day 
Aspen Elementary School 
Aspen Middle School 
Aspen High School 
Basalt Elementary School 
Basalt Middle School 
Basalt High School 
Growing Years Pre-School 
Cornerstone Classical
Carbondale Community School    
Carbondale Middle School     

Colorado Rocky Mountain School
Crystal River Elementary School
Glenwood Springs Elementary School 
Glenwood Springs Middle School 
Glenwood Springs High School 
Marble Charter School
Ross Montessori School
Mount Sopris Montessori 
Sopris Elementary School
St. Stephen's Catholic School 
Roaring Fork High School
Two Rivers Community School
Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork
Yampah Mountain High School




















Contact Us

Roaring Fork Conservancy

PHONE: (970) 927-1290
EMAIL: info@roaringfork.org

PO Box 3349
Basalt, CO 81621

22800 Two Rivers Road
Basalt, CO 81621

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