“The one thing that is most interesting to me is that we can drink from any water faucet. Back in Tonga we weren’t allowed to drink from the water faucet. The water from the faucet was really bad and it could make you sick. It wasn’t a good idea at all.” – Former H2O Outdoors camper
Twice a year, Denver Water’s Youth Education team meets up with Aurora Water and the Colorado River District at Keystone Science School in Summit County for a three-day water camp called H2O Outdoors.
“This camp provides high school students from varied backgrounds throughout Colorado with an opportunity to learn about water in the state and all of its complexities in a fun, hands-on environment,” said Matt Bond, Denver Water’s Youth Education manager. “These students will be future decision-makers, and the camp sets them up to be experts on the state’s water gap.”
The camp is offered at a minimal $25 administrative fee (scholarships available), along with an application requiring potential campers to answer why they would like to participate in the program.
Here are some highlights from past application responses:
- I would like to learn about the decisions that impact our water rights in Aurora.
- I am an environmentalist who enjoys learning about the nature around us, and more than anything I’d enjoy learning about the problems affecting us here in Colorado.
- I participated this summer in the Nuestro Rio Colorado River/Grand Canyon expedition and learned a lot about our water source and the importance of restoring healthy flows to the Colorado River. I want to continue my studies in this area and also enjoy learning outdoors. I also would like to learn more about what kind of work I could do to support the water flows.
- I would like to participate in this camp because I live close to the headwaters of the Colorado River, I am interested in biology, and I like to do outdoor activities that involve being in the river or on lakes.
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