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Youth Education Programs#

Fort Collins Utilities offers a variety of programs for grades K-12. See below for details.

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a model of a sample watershed called an enviroscape. it shows a town and water features with roads and other natural features

Journey Through a Watershed

Grade Level: 2-5
Academic Standards: 4th and 5th Grade Earth and Space Science
Program Length: 1 hour

Students become water droplets and take a journey through the water cycle. With a roll of the dice, students travel to the ocean, the clouds, or even the roots of a plant. Then, an "Enviroscape" is used to show students how our watershed can be polluted and what we can do to keep it healthy.

A teacher holding a gallon jug of water talking to students about water use.

Dr. Waterwise

Grade Level: 2-5
Academic Standards: 5th Grade Earth and Space Science
Program Length: 1 hour

Students play an interactive game and discuss individual water habits to learn about water conservation behaviors. Students gain awareness of drinking water sources, how water is consumed, and why it's important to reduce use.

a person switching off a power strip

Agent Energywise

Grade Level: 3-5
Academic Standards: 4th Grade Physical Science
Program Length: 1 hour

Students use tools like light meters, laser thermometers and kill-a-watt meters to uncover clues to find energy even when it’s disguised in forms such as phantom power.

A child holding a coloring sheet that shows how they use energy at home - plug

Voltbusters Conservation Competition

Grade Level: K-5
Academic Standards: Kindergarten Physical Science, 4th Grade Physical and Earth and Space Science, 5th Grade Earth and Space Science
Program Length:
4 weeks

In this districtwide energy-saving competition, students become Voltbusters by earning points for energy-saving actions in their school and at home. Focus areas include lighting (K-1), heating/cooling (2-3) and computers/electronics (4-5). Utilities supplies all materials, information, and optional extension activities to engage the students and promote energy conservation awareness. This program is offered once in the fall and once in the spring.

children sitting on a bridge over the river studying what they found in white buckets

Watershed Field Trip

Grade Level: K-12
Academic Standards: Kindergarten Life Science, 2nd and 3rd Grade Life Science, 5th Grade Earth and Space Science, Middle School Life Science and Earth and Space Science, High School Life Science and Earth and Space Science
Program Length: Varies, 1-3 hours

Students discover what makes a river healthy and why that is important. They collect aquatic macroinvertebrates, which are indicators of water quality.

Overhead powerlines with sky in the background

Look Up and Live

Grade Level: K-12
Academic Standards: 4th Grade Physical Science, Middle School Physical Science, High School Physical Science
Program Length: .5 hour

Did you know that a typical overhead power line carries 15,000 volts of electricity? Participants are encouraged to "look up and live" before doing anything around power lines with this interactive display and program.

More Program Information

children huddled around the filtration station equipment

Filtration Station

Grade Level: 4-8
Academic Standards: 5th Grade Life Science
Program Length: 1- 1.5 hours

Students learn about stormwater by designing their own layered water filter and comparing it to the ability of plants and soil to remove suspended solids and other contaminants. Students learn how pollutants affect stormwater, why that is important, and what actions we can take to keep our watershed healthy.

two children with worksheets and a glass of water

Water Quality Testing

Grade Level: 3-5
Academic Standards: 5th Grade Earth and Space Science
Program Length: 45 minutes

Students learn about water quality by observing jars of water and making a hypothesis. They test the water's odor, turbidity, and pH to determine if their hypothesis was correct. A discussion takes place about stormwater, what affects it, how we are all part of our watershed, and ways we can help keep it clean for humans and animals.

a teacher holding a fan as students test their wind turbine

Wind Power Lab

Grade Level: 6-12
Academic Standards: Middle School Earth and Space Science, High School Physical Science and Earth and Space Science
Program Length: 1- 1.5 hours

Students work in teams to investigate the most efficient design of a wind turbine and the factors that determine its success. They use a three-foot-tall wind turbine, an energy sensor, and a variety of turbine blades and weights to design.

a student's hydropower wheel

Hydropower Design Challenge

Grade Level: 6-12
Academic Standards: Middle School Physical Science and Earth and Space Science, High School Physical Science and Earth and Space Science
Program Length: 1- 1.5 hours

Students learn about energy sources and explore the inner workings of hydropower by designing their own hydropower wheel to learn about the prominent energy sources used in Fort Collins.

An adult teaching a group of students about Our Climate Future

Our Climate Future and You!

Grade Level: 6-12
Academic Standards: Middle School Earth and Space Science, High School Earth and Space Science
Program Length: 1- 1.5 hours

Students learn about Our Climate Future, the City's comprehensive plan to address climate, energy, and waste goals. Discussions focus on the history of the plan, current City actions, and what community members can do to help achieve our goals.

a student watching to utilities employees doing work on some equipment

Career Fairs & Panel Discussions

Grade Level: Any
Academic Standards: N/A
Program Length: Varies, 1-2 hours

Invite Utilities subject matter experts to be a part of career fairs to promote opportunities in renewable energy and green jobs.

Office building at 222 Laporte Ave.

Sustainability Tour of 222 Laporte Ave.

Grade Level: 6-12
Academic Standards: Middle School Earth Science, High School Earth Science
Program Length: 45 minutes-1.5 hours

Explore outside and behind the scenes in our admin building to learn what makes it LEED Platinum Certified.


Did You Know?

You have the power to cut your energy bill any time of year.

You can save up to 10% on heating bills by using a programmable or smart thermostat to minimize heating when away from home or asleep.

You can reduce ‘vampire’ power waste by unplugging electronics that are not in use or plugging them into a smart power strip.