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April 16th, 2006

INSTAAR collaborates on local watershed curriculum: “MY H2O”

Colleen Flanagan, under the direction of Diane McKnight, led the development of a teacher curriculum guide and resource kit promoting awareness of the Boulder and St. Vrain watersheds. The guide, titled "MY H2O," blends Colorado state educational standards in science, language arts, geography and math into activities, educational games, story plots and community action tasks. The guide’s hands-on, minds-on projects are enhanced by a resource kit that contains supplies necessary to implement each activity. Copies were distributed to area public and private schools in Spring 2006, primarily for use in fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms. The project was a joint effort by INSTAAR and the Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research Program (NWTLTER), with a number of collaborators in several local school districts and governmental agencies.

The curriculum supplements the children’s book My Water Comes from the Mountains by Tiffany Fourment, funded by NWTLTER and INSTAAR and distributed to Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school districts in 2004.

Funding for the curriculum guide was provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the CU-Boulder Outreach Committee, the City of Boulder and the Watershed Approach to Stream Health, or WASH, a partnership of communities in Boulder County formed to protect water quality. Other support came through Schoolyard NWTLTER, connecting the Colorado Front Range communities with the alpine systems of the mountains, and administered by INSTAAR.