2020 Water Educator Symposium &
Project WET Workshop

August 20-21, 2020
Update: These events will be held virtually.  We look forward to a dynamic and engaging two days full of learning!  

Are you an educator who teaches adults or school-age children about water in Colorado?  Join us for our annual Water Educator Symposium and Project WET workshop.  This year’s events will be held virtually, August 20-21!

Water Educator Symposium

Equipping Learners for Action in a Climate of Uncertainty
August 20, 2020
9:00am-5:00pm

Water educators consistently face questions from learners about Colorado’s water future and regularly need to put their educational activities in context despite underlying uncertainties. An issue such as climate change can increase the anxiety of all learners, but particularly children as highlighted in reports from the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the Washington Post, and Colorado’s own KRCC.

The Statewide Water Education Action Plan for Colorado (SWEAP) describes an impact, that by 2025, Coloradans are “Empowered to take thoughtful action regarding critical water challenges facing the state and their communities.” If we are educating in part for action, how can we better understand the relationship between uncertainty, anxiety, and action? What responsibility do we have as educators for addressing the socio-emotional needs of our learners? How do we create a welcoming environment for civic participation in our decision-making bodies? What tools exist inside the field of education to tackle this?

Please join us virtually for a robust discussion of these challenging issues as well as examples of educators who are tackling the issues head on. View the draft agenda here.

Project WET Educator Workshop

Activities for Hydrology, Climate & Colorado’s Water Future
August 21, 2020
8:00am-3:00pm

Join us for this exciting virtual workshop and become certified as a Project WET (Water Education Today) Educator!

This Project WET Educator Workshop will offer extensions to classic Project WET activities and newly-designed lesson plans to incorporate local context/hydrology, as well as scenarios for climate and Colorado’s water future.

Designed to challenge students and introduce new science, social studies, English, and math concepts, Project WET‘s Guide 2.0 is the perfect curriculum and activity guide for any educator. In the workshop, the facilitator will model up to six activities and participants will plan and teach a lesson to peers and receive feedback from workshop facilitators. Upon completion of this workshop, you will be certified as a Project WET Educator and will leave equipped to lead engaging, hands-on learning activities in your own learning spaces using Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 (Guide 2.0 costs $27).

View the draft agenda and academic standards correlations for each activity here.

Event Details

Registration is open! Registration will be capped at 60 participants for the Symposium and 30 participants for the Project WET Workshop. You may register for one or both of the events. Gift certificates for breakfast and lunch are included in the Symposium and Project WET Workshop registration.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Scott Williamson by email scott@wateredco.org or call 720-398-6438. We kindly request two weeks notice of need for accommodations.

Event Pricing

A limited number of full or partial scholarships may be available depending on sponsorship.  Please email scott@wateredco.org if you would like to inquire about a scholarship or if you are interested in sponsoring these events.

Water Educator Symposium – August 20

Project WET Educator Workshop – August 21

To register for either or both events, click on the button below.

 

With support from the following sponsors: