Join young people from across the Rocky Mountains as they improve climate resilience in their communities.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 RISE Challenge Colorado Winners!

These extraordinary groups of young people developed plans to increase their community’s resilience to natural hazards.


1st Place – Plan, Prepare, Preserve Wildfire Readiness – Estes Park Middle School

2nd Place – Northern Redbelly Dace Conservation – Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley School District

3rd Place – Lasting Impact of 2013 Flood Event – Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley School District

4th Place – Natural Hazard Awareness Board for the Homeless – Compass Community Collaborative School

5th Place – Invasive Species Informational Sign on Cheatgrass – Compass Community Collaborative School

6th Place – Rain Garden – Compass Community Collaborative School

7th Place – Erosion Control -Compass Community Collaborative School

8th Place – Wildfire Readiness – Compass Community Collaborative School

9th Place – Every Drop Counts – North Fork High School

10th Place – JFK Wildfire Awareness – John F Kennedy High School

About the RISE Challenge Colorado

Educator Role

  • Guide students in creating positive change around local natural hazards
  • Collaborate with community members and experts
  • Become eligible to receive funding to support project implementation

Student Role

  • Research natural hazards in their community 
  • Engage with experts and community stakeholders
  • Ask for real, sustainable change from people in power
  • Share their ideas at the RISE Challenge Summit

  • Free PD (you read that right)

    Free professional development in the Earth Force Process, an award-winning and easy to use approach to environmental action civics. Visit earthforce.org/events to register!

  • Student Project Funding

    Funding up to $1000 in prize money and additional implementation supplies available

  • Exclusive Resources

    Educator-only access to high-quality supporting materials and resources - download the Toolkit below!

  • A Network of Support

    Access to a network of community experts & guest speakers, plus free ongoing support from Earth Force's friendly & knowledgeable staff

Important Dates

March 18, 2022


You can submit a completed Student Workbook (download it in the Toolkit below!), another format that details the students' project, or fill out the submission form.

April 1, 2022


All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges and the top 10 finalists will be notified.

May 5, 2022


Deadline to submit students' presentations for the RISE Challenge Summit.

May 12, 2022


Open to all participants in the Challenge, the Showcase will feature student presentations, judges' feedback, and cash awards for all finalists.

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