Wellspring Project

The Wellspring Project is a 5-day summer program for middle school students that will address the complexities of the Colorado River and provide participants with the opportunity to respond artistically to that experience. 
What: A field studying, rafting, camping, art-making summer adventure
When: June 27-July 1, 2022
Who: Middle School students 
Where: The Colorado River and field locations across the Grand Valley
Cost: FREE
Through field experiences, an overnight river trip, and interactions with stakeholders interested in how the Colorado River is allocated and protected, students will engage in a myriad of opportunities and learn more about this valuable resource. 
By engaging youth in this project, we hope to build a foundation of heightened awareness and create 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.
  • June 27, 8 am - 4 pm:
    • Field tours with stakeholders including:
      • RiversEdge West
      • Ute Water
      • Field to Fork Farm
      • Palisade Historical Society
      • and more!
  • June 28, 8 am - 4 pm: 
    • River sampling with EUREKA! Math and Science Center
    • Art activity
  • June 29 &  June 30:
    • Overnight river trip on Ruby Horsethief; a 25-mile flatwater section of the Colorado River with Colorado Canyons Association and RiversEdge West.
    • Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pad, life jacket, camp chair, and dry bags are provided. View a recommended packing list here.
    • Students will learn firsthand about the importance of maintaining a healthy river corridor, protecting of endangered fish, mitigating invasive plants, and hydrology. Time will be spent reflecting on this experience with camp journaling, sketching, and conversing about the canyons, river, and surrounding desert/wildlife.
    • Students will depart from the Loma Boat Ramp at 9 am on June 29th and conclude at 2 pm on June 30th.
  • July 1, 8 am - 4 pm:
To Apply: 
Email Cara Kukuraitis at Ckukuraitis@riversedgewest.org by May 10th. Please include the following information in your email:
  1.   Student Name
  2.   Parent Guardian Name
  3.   School that the applicant attends and grade level
  4.   Phone
  5.   Please answer the following questions (at least 3-5 sentences):
1) Tell us about yourself! 
2) Have you been camping or rafting before? 
3) Why do you want to attend the Wellspring Project?
Deadline to apply: May 10th.
Selected applicants will be notified by May 27th.
Supported by:
The Wellspring Project is 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, and local volunteers. 
Funded by:
Funding is provided by RiversEdge West, the Western Colorado Community Foundation, Alpine Bank, Xcel Energy, Horizon Sunrise Rotary Club, and Fruita Rotary Club.
Become a Wellspring Donor:
We are looking for additional sponsors for this program! Are you interested in supporting the Wellspring Project? Donate here

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