This program is open to students who live in the Colorado borders within the Cache la Poudre River Watershed and Big Thompson Watershed.

Students are asked to submit proposals that answer the question: “What can you do to improve your watershed?”

  • Students compete for over $6,000 in rewards
  • Participating schools and clubs are eligible for over $11,000 in rewards
  • Students who implement their ideas are eligible for additional funding

How It Works

This program is Monday morning ready and fits into STEM curriculum. The program is offered at no cost, that’s right FREE, and includes watershed presentations and support from community mentors. 

2019 Deadlines

August 15, 2019 – Contest opensJanuary 2, 2020 – Deadline for submitting proposalsMay 8, 2020 – Final Presentation & Celebration Banquet

***Free watershed presentations and mentors available

Let us know if your class would like to participate.  We will come to your classroom and present the program to your students!

For more information, contact Ivonne Morales (IMORALES@PLCOUTDOORS.ORG) or visit 


2019 Finalists

Official Results of the 2019 Caring For Our Watersheds: Colorado Final Presentations at the PLC.

Thank you to all of the students who participated in this contest. Over 300 entries were received.

The $1,000 first place prize was awarded to Emma Lackey and Rachel Feinstein from Greeley Central High School for their proposal called, "Got Bags."

To view our past winners please click here.

To view the photos for the 2019 Caring for Our Watersheds banquet, please visit the Poudre Learning Center Facebook page linked below.

Special Thank You to Our CFW Supporters (Colorado Contest)

Local Host Organization




Community Partner


Community Partner


Community Partner


Community Partner