Youth Engagement

Young people are Colorado’s future water leaders! Water ’22 aims to cultivate awareness and enthusiasm for water issues among Colorado youth of all ages.

It all starts here, with YOU! This is a Call for Submissions to the Water ’22 Student Showcase, open to all K-12 students, ages 5-19, throughout Colorado. This FREE Student Showcase is designed to help young people connect with the value of water in daily life and the natural and built world around them, encourage critical thinking, and emphasize the crucial role young people play as water leaders who can help identify solutions for water sustainability.

Using whichever medium interests you most, we invite you to create a work that reflects a place, thing, or activity you cherish within your watershed, or river basin, connected to water. This place, thing, or activity could be a favorite park, an animal population that lives in the neighborhood, a hobby, a landscape feature, or a local business that is dependent on water, to name a few.

Four students across all Categories will receive cash awards of $250-$2,000 based upon their demonstration of passion and creativity as awarded by the judges. All top entrants from each Age Division will receive a gift card, an invitation to a meet and greet with state government and water sector leaders at the state Capitol in January, and have their works showcased on the Water ’22 website,, and in venues across the state such as such as water centers, libraries, museums, and state government buildings. All entries will receive a digital certificate. Teachers who assist students will be entered into a drawing for 1 of 2 $250 cash prizes.

We will accept submissions in English and Spanish. The deadline for submissions is October 14, 2022, at 11:59 PM.


Looking for ideas that spark creativity? Try an activity or skim through resources in the 
Teaching the Poetry of Rivers curriculum, sourced by Colorado Humanities and written by Kathryn Winograd, Colorado poet and Creative Writing judge for the Water ’22 Student Showcase. 

Student Water Awareness Week

Are you interested in bringing water education to your PK-5 students but not sure how to get started? Water ’22 celebrated Student Water Awareness Week April 18-22, 2022, but it’s never too late to bring water education to your classroom. Consider repurposing this easily adaptable toolkit with themed dress-up days, water-focused bell-ringer questions, online resources, and much more!

Water ’22 Youth Engagement Interest Form

Interested in bringing Water ’22 to youth in your classroom or home? Complete the Water ’22 Youth Engagement Interest Form to let us know you’re interested and we will keep you in the loop about your favorite activities.

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