The Wellspring Project is a 4-day summer program for middle school students that addresses the complexities of the Colorado River and provides students with the opportunity to respond artistically to that experience. 

RiversEdge West believes that experiences on the river and education surrounding these places should be accessible to all. We raise funds so that the Wellspring Project can remain free to students. Watch a recap of the 2023 Wellspring Project here.

Applications are due May 17, 2024. Students must be rising 6th or 7th graders to apply. See below for more details!

Program Details

What: A field studying, rafting, art-making summer adventure
When: June 24-27, 2024
Who: Middle School students *must be entering 6th grade or entering 7th grade*
Where: The Gunnison and Colorado Rivers and field locations across the Grand Valley
Cost: FREE

Through field experiences across the Grand Valley, a river trip, art projects, and presentations/tours from stakeholders interested in how the Colorado River is allocated and protected, students will engage in a myriad of opportunities to learn more about river health and water use in the West. 

By engaging youth in this project, we hope to build a foundation of heightened awareness and create a wellspring of ideas and conversations that will carry on the important work that will be needed to care for and preserve one of our very foundations of life.

Students from across the Grand Valley are encouraged to apply! In 2023, Wellspring hosted students from 9 different middle schools.

Apply here by May 17, 2024.


To Apply:

Submit this Google Form by May 17, 2024

Deadline to apply: May 17, 2024.

Selected applicants will be notified by May 27, 2024.

Deadline for applicants to confirm their space is June 7, 2024.

If you have any questions, email Nicole at


Funders and Supporters 

Supported by:

The Wellspring Project is coordinated by RiversEdge West, with support from City of Fruita Parks & Recreation, City of Fruita Arts and Culture Board, Banjo Cat LLC., TJ Smith, Colorado Canyons Association, EUREKA! Math and Science Center, Ute Water, Field to Fork Farm, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Palisade Historical Society, and local volunteers. 

Funded by:

Funding is provided by RiversEdge West, the Western Colorado Community Foundation, Alpine Bank, Silicon Valley Bank, and Chevron.


Invest in the Next Generation

We are looking for additional sponsors for this program! Are you interested in supporting the Wellspring Project? Become a Wellspring Donor