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Explore Colorado's watersheds through experiments in your classroom and/or take a field trip outside on our stream ecology field study. Choose 1 or both of the following options:

Nature's Water Filter (Indoor): How does nature provide ecosystem services and clean water? Discover how nature works as a water filter through indoor classroom experimentation and design!

Stream Ecology Field Study: Visit a local watershed and explore the health of a stream's ecosystem through macroinvertebrate surveys and water quality tests. 



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In our watersheds program, students will:

Nature's Water Filter (Indoor)

  • Learn how different materials help filter water pollutants
  • Experiment with different materials to create an effective natural water filter
  • Understand how nature provides ecological services and the importance of keeping our watersheds clean

Stream Ecology Field Study

  • Explore a local stream/creek ecosystem to determine it’s health
  • Collect, categorize, and identify macroinvertebrate samples
  • Measure water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and nitrate levels
Academic Standards & Additional Resources


Suggested Grades: 3-12


Group Size: 10-25 students


Available: Fall & Spring


Length: 50 mins-2.5 hours


Location: American Mountaineering Center or local open space


Cost: Variable (please fill out registration form here, and we will get back to you with an estimate)

* scholarship application available at bottom of registration form


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