Ensuring a next generation of river stewards
Are student field trips a thing of the past? With skyrocketing bus costs and the expectation that educators pack as much standards-related content into the school day as possible, many schools are viewing field trips as unattainable. However, nothing replaces the social and educational perspectives gained through firsthand experiences.
The Poudre Heritage Alliance (PHA) provides grant funds to K-12 school teachers in Larimer and Weld County to hire buses and pay entry fees to bring their students on field trips to the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area (CALA).
Our mission is simple – to help youth understand and value the Poudre River and their water heritage, ensuring a next generation of river stewards.
Learning in Our Watershed Solo Field Trip Program- Call for Educators – $1,000 stipend available!
The Poudre Heritage Alliance is creating an opportunity for students to explore the Cache la Poudre River Heritage Area even if classrooms and buses are closed due to the pandemic. We are transitioning our Learning in Our Watershed field trip program into a self-guided learning experience.
Starting in Fall 2020, teachers, scout leaders, and home educators can ask their students to walk or bike a predetermined route on the Poudre Trail and complete a series of questions and activities that align with state standards and relate to the surrounding environment.
This program provides the double benefit of getting students out of the house and engaged with local cultural and natural resources, and allowing teachers to provide a creative learning experience without adding to their own heavy workload. We can ensure the next generation of river stewards even in a pandemic!
Local educators – we need you! Help us develop curriculum for our new self-guided Learning in Our Watershed program and receive a $1,000 stipend. The Poudre Heritage Alliance is looking for four educators with expertise in different subjects to assist with the program. Any K-12 educators in Weld or Larimer Counties can apply, though preference will be given to applicants who teach 4th grade and/or have experience creating place-based curriculum. Please submit your application by Friday, July 10, 2020.