Our Mission Statement
Empowering the next generation of students in the South Platte Watershed to protect and evolve our water resources using standards-based STEAM applications.
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 WWP primarily targets teachers and students in grades 3-12. Water 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.
Josiah Flores is a passionate educator dedicated to nurturing young minds. A Greeley native, he embarked on his educational journey after earning a psychology degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Josiah’s background in psychology fueled his desire to foster curiosity and critical thinking, leading him to a fulfilling career in teaching. With three years of experience as an educator in natural and physical sciences for District 6, Josiah has left a lasting impact on countless students. His commitment to education is underscored by his Colorado teacher certification, a testament to his pedagogical expertise and content knowledge. Josiah’s current role on the WWP team involves coordinating the program and safeguarding our local groundwater environment. Furthermore, he actively tends to the welfare of the beloved animal ambassadors at the Poudre Learning Center, merging his passion for science with a profound sense of responsibility for the natural world.
Courtney Sandoval is the Water Ambassador for the WWP and is a Field Operation Assistant for the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District. Courtney assists with the operations of the WWP. Courtney graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2017 with a degree in Environmental Studies. After landing a job in the water industry, she then completed a graduate certificate in Water Resources from Colorado State University. Growing up in rural Gilcrest, Colorado, Courtney wanted to work within the agricultural community and share the importance of managing water wisely and efficiently.