Tours & Workshops

Annual River Basin Tour

Each year, these fun and informative multi-day tours draw attendees statewide. Water Education Colorado takes lawmakers, water managers, attorneys, engineers and members of the public on a tour of a different river basin in Colorado to learn about the history, water-management practices and challenges of the area. Participants can also take part in extra-curricular activities, such as rafting or fly-fishing, dine at area ranches or open-space parks, and network among peers.

 Upper Colorado River Basin Tour, June 15-17, 2022 

The tour recognized the 100th anniversary of the Colorado River Compact by featuring:

  • Multiple Colorado Western Slope watersheds in the Upper Colorado River system
  • Speakers from a diversity of perspectives who are grappling with the future of Colorado River management, restoration and protection within Colorado
  • On-the-ground projects, research and examples of program implementation
  • Three full days of in-field learning covering a broad geographic reach

For more details on the tour, including the tour itinerary, you can visit the tour webpage.

“It’s so critical to get out and experience places firsthand. Policy making, or urban growth, or the like can’t happen effectively if they happen in a bubble.”
– WEco tour participant


Urban Water Cycle Tours

Water Education Colorado partners with local organizations to host Urban Water Cycle Tours, held each spring/summer.  These tours are an active, hands-on educational opportunity for up to 75 community members to learn about the river that runs through their own community. These 3-4 hour tours are free to attend and educate participants first-hand about important water quality topics.  Currently, Water Education Colorado supports bicycle tours on the urban South Platte and Cache la Poudre rivers.

2021 Denver-Thornton Urban Water Cycle Tour

Join in and ride the Urban Water Cycle Bike tour from Globeville Landing to Thornton! We invite you to experience the South Platte River up close and on your schedule by walking, riding, or wheeling portions of this year’s self-guided tour. The tour is open to the public and free. Learn more and view the virtual tour.

2021 Colorado Springs Urban Water Cycle Tour 

On June 11 and 12, 2011, Water Education Colorado along with a host of local partners, led this fun, free waterway bike tour along Cottonwood Creek in Colorado Springs. This in-person tour connected community members to local water and recreation resources through an approximately 9-mile (mostly downhill) ride. We thank our supporters at Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Colorado Springs Utilities, El Pomar Foundation, and Fountain Creek Watershed District. In addition, our partners at the Trails and Open Space Coalition and the City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise (SWENT) and Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services made this tour possible.

The 2020 Denver Urban Water Cycle Tour went virtual! Learn more, watch the video, and ride the route!

Other Mini-Tours

Water Education Colorado’s mini-tours change each year to expose water professionals, decision-makers, teachers and the interested public to new areas of water use and management. Hop on the bus for an engaging day of exploring, learning and networking, and return home better informed—and with friends and connections. Past mini-tours have included everything from land use and water efficiency to agricultural viability, the bottled beverage industry, and Colorado’s vineyards. Have a great idea for an upcoming tour? Let us know.