3B. The History of the Well Watch Program

Preparation:

Tasks to be completed:

  1. Complete “History and Development of the Well Watch Program”
  2. Complete the discussion prompt at the end of this page (optional)

Materials:

  • Note taking materials

Presentation:

Ray Tschillard discusses the history of the Well Watch Program and the development to give a better understanding as to why the program was developed in the first place and how it provide real life science investigation in the classroom with real data.

Executive Director

Ray Tschillard is the Executive Director of the Poudre Learning Center. He has over 31 years of educational experience working with students of all age levels and has been active in developing and promoting science curriculum that focuses on inquiry based methods. Ray is passionate about the development of students through outdoor education.

He completed his MA degree in Earth Science at the University of Northern Colorado and received a bachelor’s degree in Earth Science from Simpson College.

Discussion Prompt:

Did you find a piece of information from Ray’s presentation that you found interesting or fascinating?  Let us know if you have any questions!

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  • Andy Russell - July 30, 2020 reply

    It’s interesting how long the program has been running and how long it takes to build a strong network of schools that will (hopefully) keep sampling this year as we fight through the pandemic. I really appreciate the opportunities you’ve provided for me to improve as a teacher and to give my students a sense of the day-to-day work of an environmental scientist. Long may it continue. I think a big fraction of our students expect science to involve reading an article, plotting a graph, taking notes; those are useful skills when imparting information in a school setting, but not necessarily that representative of a career in field science.

  • Benita Wilson - August 3, 2020 reply

    I found it interesting how this program has changed over the years. The shift from a few people doing the testing and recording to having students do most of the collecting and testing and having a robust online data base is phenomenal. The level of instruction and quality courses for teachers allows me to transfer that to the classroom and give my students hands on and inquiry based lessons to help them see their role in water use and conservancy.

  • Abigail Seen - August 5, 2020 reply

    I am very grateful to have PLC readily available to us every-time we call them! I totally miss having Mr. Chuck Call in our fourth grade classrooms at Skyview but Ms. Ivonne is amazing as well! We look forward to having more visits from you and who knows what’s in store during this pandemic but we will definitely need you back sometime!

  • Colette Hunt - August 12, 2020 reply

    I had no idea the history of the program. Chuck had contacted me probably about 10 years ago about finding our well. It took several years (because it had been landscaped over) but we finally found the person who thought they might know. It was interesting to find out the history of something my kids have done and look forward to doing more testing in the future.

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