Forests to Faucets Teacher Workshops, Outreach & Resources

Mountain Studies Institute, in partnership with San Juan Mountains Association and the Water information program, and with generous support from Southwest Water Conservation District and Trout Unlimited (Five Rivers and Dolores River Anglers Chapters), have conducted a teacher workshop entitled Forests to Faucets: My Water Comes from the San Juan Mountains. To learn more, read this July 2015 publication: Children’s book series and associated curricula support elementary education and outreach in water resources. 

Since 2012, we have trained 35 teachers across the San Juan River Basin in the My Water Comes from the San Juan Mountains teacher guide, children's book, and kit developed in 2009 by MSI and numerable partners and sponsors. Teachers attend a two-day workshop where they learn watershed science, and the model lessons found within the My Water guide.

In 2015, MSI and SJMA will outreach to schools who have received the My Water guide, kit, and book, either through a workshop or as part of the initial outreach effort to get kits into schools in 2010. By offering and conducting model lessons in the classrooms, the goals of this effort are to: 1. enhance teacher's comfort with the My Water content and kit materials, 2. provide teachers with updated guides printed in 2014, and 3. Re-supply kits. 

If you are a teacher and would like us to visit you and your classroom, please contact one of the following individuals:

  • For Cortez, Dolores, Mancos Schools - Gabi Morey (gabi@sjma.org)
  • For Durango and Bayfield Schools - MK Thompson (mk@sjma.org)
  • For Pagosa Springs, Silverton, Ignacio, and Telluride Schools - Amanda Kuenzi (amanda@mountainstudies.org)

Coming Soon! A list of teacher resources for teaching watershed science.

Story Maps

Click for a guided visual tour of each watershed!

Animas River Watershed - Silverton to Durango

Upper San Juan River Watershed - Wolf Creek Pass to Pagosa Springs

Dolores River Watershed - Rico to Toawac