RiversEdge West recently hosted its first Wellspring Project; a week-long, river-centric summer camp, that was offered free of charge to 16 Grand Valley middle schoolers. Watch a video recap of the week:


The summer camp focused on providing hands-on experiences to future leaders about the complexities of water in the Western United States and the Colorado River’s value as a natural resource.

Students toured a fish hatchery, local farm, and water treatment plant, to name a few, and learned firsthand about the importance of maintaining a healthy river corridor, protecting endangered fish, mitigating invasive plants, and hydrology. After the field tours, students took to the Colorado River for an overnight float trip on the Ruby-Horsethief section, and finished the week with a collaborative art project.

We hope that this experience helps students build a foundation of heightened awareness and creates a wellspring of ideas and conversations that will carry on the important work that will be needed to care for and preserve one of our very foundations of life.

Supported by:

The Wellspring Project was coordinated by RiversEdge West, with support from the City of Fruita Arts and Culture Board, City of Fruita Parks & Recreation, Banjo Cat LLC., Colorado Canyons Association, EUREKA! Math and Science Center, Ute Water, Field to Fork Farm, Palisade Historical Society, the Ouray national Fish Hatchery-Grand Valley Unit, and local volunteers. 

Funded by:
Funding was provided by RiversEdge West, the Western Colorado Community Foundation, Alpine Bank, Xcel Energy, Silicon Valley Bank, Chevron, Horizon Sunrise Rotary Club, Redlands Lions Club, and Fruita Rotary Club.