In 2010, the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District (CCWCD) and the Poudre Learning Center (PLC) embarked on a mission to revitalize the Well Watch Program (WWP). They did so by drilling three water well test sites at the PLC in Greeley, reigniting the importance of teaching students and educators about groundwater as a valuable natural resource.
The Well Watch Program (WWP) primarily targets teachers and students from the third grade through college. Groundwater science, despite its complexity, is accessible to students at all levels. The questions students ask and the investigations they undertake vary based on their existing knowledge. To empower every student to explore more advanced inquiries, we have integrated essential background information into the curriculum. Our aim with WWP is to offer students real-world science experiences and the opportunity to share their findings with peers and scientists. This unique opportunity sets WWP apart from many other science projects. We collaborate closely with teachers, providing workshops and support, recognizing that teachers are already overwhelmed with their regular responsibilities. Our close partnership with educators is key to the success of students who participate in this program.