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.
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.
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.