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The Confluence Project

The Confluence Project (TCP) is a yearlong program pairing scientific experts with high schools across North Idaho. Partners from University of Idaho, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and IdaH2O team up to promote hands-on experience, field data collection and higher education degrees in the natural sciences.

With nearly 500 participants every year, TCP connects students to North Idaho’s lakes, streams, mountains and aquifer through a combination of on-site studies and classroom work.

Throughout the school year, TCP teachers introduce water resource issues in the classroom and guide their students in a comprehensive research project. During multiple field excursions, students collect and analyze local water resource data. In the spring, they develop a driving question related to a real-world water resource issue, thoroughly research, collect data and propose a relevant solution.

The project culminates in the Youth Water Summit where students present their research projects. More than 100 volunteer judges from the scientific community contribute to the success and growth of this event. The Youth Water Summit encourages students to dig deeper into local water issues while providing an opportunity to experience a professional scientific conference.

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Volunteer with the Confluence Project

TCP is truly a community-led effort requiring the assistance, expertise and passion of hundreds of volunteers every year. If you have experience in environmental science, water quality issues or other applicable fields and would like to support TCP during field trips or as a summit judge, contact the project team at TCPCoordinators@gmail.com.

The Confluence Project changed my whole perspective on science and the environment. It’s so beneficial for students.” Toni Eells
A collage of two images: Toni Eells with her first place certificate in the 2015 Youth Water Summit, and Toni Eells as a conference inter in 2019.
Toni Eells earned first place at the 2015 Youth Water Summit and is now studying environmental science at U of I. She returned to support the conference as an intern in 2019.

Marie Schmidt

Outreach Specialist, Community Water Resource Center

Marie Schmidt

208-292-2540

mschmidt@uidaho.edu

University of Idaho

Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way,
Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-667-2588

Fax: 208-664-1272

Email: cdactr@uidaho.edu

Web: uidaho.edu/cda

U of I CDA Directory Directions