The University of Idaho’s Waters Of the West (WoW) Confluence Project brings field-based watershed science to high school classrooms in Northern Idaho. Our mission is to increase secondary student scientific knowledge and critical thinking skills through field experiences in their local watersheds. After three field experiences, focusing on water quality, service learning and snow science, we challenge our students to develop their own research project focused on a local water resources issue of their choice and to propose a creative, science-based solution to it. In the spring, a confluence of students will occur at University of Idaho for a two-day Youth Water Summit, where they will share their watershed investigations and solutions. We partner with local organizations and government agencies to expose our students to a wide range of expertise and examples of local solutions to community water resource challenges.
To see what the students are up to, select a school from the “Confluence Schools” Menu at the top of the page. Check out photos, student reflections, analysis of field collected data.
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*The Confluence Project is primarily funded by a National Science Foundation GK12 Grant (DGE – 0841199). Additional funding has been received from a Science Education Grant from the Idaho State Department of Education.