The GetWET Observatory is a collaborative effort between the CSU Department of Geosciences, the CNS Education & Outreach Center, and the Poudre School District. The GetWET Observatory was initially funded by the National Science Foundation's Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement initiative and has received generous support from In-Situ, Inc. and the Warner College of Natural Resources
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May 14 & 17, 2010– Rocky Mountain High School brought another 140 students.
October 1, 2, & 6, 2009– Approximately 150 students from Rocky Mountain High School visited.
September 23, 2009– Ms. Heather Dannahower brought ~50 PSD high school students taking a natural resources course at Front Range Community College.
June 19-July 1, 2009– GetWET co-hosted the "From the Ground Up-Pathways Connecting Earth Systems" teacher professional development workshop which had 27 participants mostly from Fort Collins and Greeley.
May 15, 2009– Jan Harrison brought ~38 students from Rocky Mountain High School.
April 29, 2009– Scott Kemp, Matt Nigro, and Dave Swartz brought ~100 students from Rocky Mountain High School.
November 13, 2008-- Mr. Rick Kaiser brought 21 students from Sterling High School.
October 7, 8, 9, 2008-- Ms. Jan Harrison, Mr. Scott Kemp and Mr. Dave Swartz brought ~125 students from Rocky Mountain High School.
July 30-31, 2008-- We co-hosted a professional development institute with a national group called the American Ground Water Trust. This two day institute included representatives from CSU's faculty and staff, The United State Geological Survey, the Colorado Geological Survey, and the American Ground Water Trust.
June 25, 2008-- 29 high school students from across the country attending the SciTREK summer camp at CSMATE split the morning between working with the groundwater models in the classroom and working in teams in the field at GetWET.
April 22 and 24 , 2008-- Ms. Jan Harrison, Mr. Scott Kemp and Mr. Dave Swartz brought ~110 of their students from Rocky Mountain High School. We had beautiful weather and the 22nd was Earth Day!
November 30, 2007-- Ms. Mary Richmond braved sub-freezing temperatures with 40 9th graders from Cache la Poudre Junior High in Laporte.
November 2, 2007-- Ms. Karen Koski brought 11 3rd and 4th graders from the Lab School for Creative Learning.
October 18, 2007-- Mr. Kane Hollins from Niwot High School, brought 15 Earth science students to the GetWET.
October 6, 2007-- Our third teacher professional development workshop was conducted entirely in the field. Fortunately, we had spectacular weather for the 14 enthusiastic teachers who came to get wet. We are now up to 39 trained GetWET teachers!
October 5, 2007-- Mr. Scott Kemp and Mr. Dave Swartz brought ~90 of their students from Rocky Mountain High School. Marcee returned to help out. This was a great collaboration between CSU and the Fort Collins Utilities.
September 28, 2007-- Ms. Jan Harrison and Ms. Kara Quinlan brought about 90 students from Rocky Mountain High School. Ms. Marcee Camenson helped out with the study of critters in the creek.
September 19, 2007-- Ms. Barb Patterson from Front Range Community College brought her Environmental Education class to the GetWET. Many of these students are pursuing careers in interpretation or environmental education. They were really enthusiastic!
July 25, 2007-- GetWET models, field equipment and curriculum materials were used by 20 kids in a Discovery Science Center class that visited a site along Spring Creek ~2 km east of the GetWET site.
June 13, 14, & 15, 2007-- Seven teachers on the cutting edge of field-based science education attended our second professional development workshop. This year, we separated the field equipment into five backpacks that each facilitate the exploration of a different but related variable.
May 3 , 2007-- Ms. Jan Harrison and Ms. Marion Annis brought 16 students to the GetWET from Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins.
September 26, 2006-- Ms. Jan Harrison brought ~60 students to the GetWET from Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins.
September 12, 2006-- Dr. Andrew Warnock presented GetWET groundwater activities to the Friends of Larimer County Parks and Open Lands at Horsetooth Mountain Park.
August 15-17, 2006-- Mr. John Gilbert attended a River Watch workshop at the Division of Wildlife Headquarters in Denver. GetWET is actively seeking to collaborate with River Watch and will be the first groundwater sample site for the program.
July 26, 2006-- GetWET presents a hands-on groundwater activity for 10 kids from the Discovery Science Center Summer CSU Science Labs Camp.
June 21, 22, & 23, 2006-- Eighteen K-12 teachers from northern Colorado attended a 3-day intensive professional development course at GetWET/CSMATE titled: "Classroom and Field Strategies for Teaching Key Surface and Groundwater Concepts."
June 14, 2006-- GetWET presents a hands-on groundwater activity for 10 kids from the Discovery Science Center Summer CSU Science Labs Camp.
April 19 & 20, 2006-- Six groundwater wells are drilled with the help of numerous undergraduate and graduate students. (Watch 20 min. Video)
March 17, 2006-- GetWET outreach activities begin with hands-on groundwater modeling at the Discovery Science Center's CSU Day. Over 75 kids (4-12 years old) and their parents (~100) experienced the movement of groundwater pollution near a stream in a small three dimensional model.
March 1, 2006-- The National Science Foundation awards Drs. Rathburn, Sanford, Warnock, and Harry $136,000. to install the GetWET groundwater observatory for educational purposes along Spring Creek near Centre Drive.