The Water Cycle

Katherine Trudeau, Leah Weisman, Molly Delandsheer, Claire Woodward, Pamela Flores, Jenny Curtis, Rebecca Hagmuller

2023 Innovative EE Program Award Recipient

The Water Cycle

The Water Cycle is a project led by an all-women team who biked 2,000 miles along the Colorado River watershed, from source to sea. This fierce team includes seasoned Coloradan environmental educators Leah Weisman and Claire Woodward. Their journey literally began on a freezing morning at the Colorado River Headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park and ended months later at la Reserva de la Biosfera Alto Gulfo de California, Mexico. The Water Cycle provided quality watershed education programming to youth throughout the Colorado River watershed, including a selection of fun, locally-tailored, interactive lessons and activities that 2,678 students from 28 schools from Colorado to Mexico got to experience.

Students, inspired by the visitors who biked hundreds upon hundreds of miles to see them, dove into questions such as: Where does our water come from? and Where does our water go? Students deepened their understanding of features of a watershed, the geography and forces that shape it, and what it takes to keep the Colorado watershed healthy. Kids of all ages also wrote postcards delivered to their peers downstream! Additionally, across the watershed's many political borders, The Water Cycle wove a web of connections by highlighting voices of communities across the watershed through public environmental science events, hands-on stewardship, and a storytelling project. To see for yourself, please check out their documentary. The journey ends with a clear message of hope through environmental restoration.