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Engaging rural Colorado middle and high school students, teachers, and communities to take proactive steps in preparing for and responding to natural hazards. 


Environmental hazards—such as wildfire, flood, and drought—are increasingly affecting communities in Colorado. With this rise in hazardous events, there is a pressing need for communities to become more resilient through education, preparation, and planning.

The Hazard Education, Awareness, and Resilience Task Force (HEART Force) is an award-winning collaborative project implemented by the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and Climate Adaptation Partnership (CAP) partner Western Water Assessment. Recognized for its commitment to excellence and innovation in environmental education, HEART Force was awarded the Innovative EE Program Award from the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education in 2022.

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Teaching Resources


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Schloesser, K., Kurz, J., Gold, A.U. (2021): Too much or too little: Empowering students to plan for resiliency to flooding and drought. The Earth Scientist, Vol. XXXVIII, 3, 24-18.

Cover of Journal of Geoscience Education.

Boyd, K. J., Gold, A. U., & Littrell, M. K. (2021). Teaching practices around natural hazards and community resilience in Colorado. Journal of Geoscience Education, 1-14.

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CEEE Contact
Phone: 303-492-5670
Fax: 303-735-3644


CIRES Center for Education, Engagement and Evaluation
University of Colorado Boulder
488 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0449

CEEE Office Hours

8:00 am to 5:00 pm MT -- fall and spring semesters