Lizzie Schoder

Eagle River Watershed Council is pleased to announce the selection of Elizabeth “Lizzie” Schoder as the new education and outreach coordinator.

Schoder is a recent graduate of Colorado College where she focused her interests on water resource issues and GIS mapping through the greater lens of her environmental policy degree. Originally from Chicago, she spent several summers as a canoeing and backpacking guide in Colorado, the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, and Canada. She also worked for the local NPR affiliate radio station in Colorado Springs and was the Features editor of her college newspaper.

“Lizzie is a fantastic addition to our team. Her experience in both radio and print journalism, knowledge of policy including Colorado’s intricate water laws, and her desire to share her love of natural resources with the community and next generation through innovative curriculum is the perfect complement to her own interests in water recreation,” said Holly Loff, Eagle River Watershed Council’s executive director. “Lizzie came to her interview with a sample lesson plan she had developed that centered around watershed sciences. It was really engaging and caught our attention. I think the community will really enjoy and benefit from the programs she has planned both for local schools and the general public.”

Schoder joins Loff as well as Brooke Ranney who serves as the Watershed Council’s projects and events coordinator and Nick Rzyska-Filipek, the habitat restoration intern hired to organize volunteer groups and facilitate a number of restoration projects this summer. The education and outreach coordinator position was previously held by Kate Burchenal, who is pursuing an advanced degree at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara.

Learn more about the Watershed Council’s upcoming events and programs—and how you can get involved at Schoder can be reached at or 970-827-5406.

Eagle River Watershed Council has a mission to advocate for the health and conservation of the Upper Colorado and Eagle River basins through research, education and projects. Call the Watershed Council at 970-827-5406 or visit

This article ran in the Vail Daily on June 1, 2016.