About RMFI

The Rocky Mountain Field Institute is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of public lands in Southern Colorado. RMFI is committed to protecting and enhancing the ecological health of our land and water resources by completing projects focused on watershed restoration, forest health, and creating sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities. By prioritizing the involvement of community volunteers and youth, RMFI envisions a world where our work fosters vibrant and healthy natural systems that are respected and cared for by the public.



Rocky Mountain Field Institute is dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of public lands in the Southern Rocky Mountain region through volunteer-based trail and restoration projects, environmental education, and restoration research.


Rocky Mountain Field Institute envisions a world where our work fosters vibrant and healthy natural systems that are respected and cared for by the public.


  • Excellence in Programs. We are committed to providing the highest standard of programming for our project partners, supporters, and participants.
  • VolunteerismWe will implement a restoration model that centers on community involvement as a means of connecting people to the outdoors, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and fostering an ethic of environmental responsibility and stewardship.
  • Outdoor Recreation. We are committed to providing sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities for a multitude of users. 
  • Environmental EducationWe respect the natural environment and seek to provide the opportunity for youth and adults to enjoy our natural world. Through our educational efforts, we will seek to develop the next generation of environmental leaders and stewards.
  • Science-Based SolutionsWe are committed to furthering the field of restoration through the study and application of science-based solutions.
  • Inclusiveness in PartnershipsWe encourage strong and diverse partnerships through broad stakeholder and public participation.
  • Integrity in ActionsWe are committed to holding ourselves to the highest degree of responsibility and accountability.
  • CourageIn furthering our mission, we will have the courage to undertake difficult and complex projects.
  • Generosity of Others. We are committed to being responsible stewards of the time, money, and gifts entrusted to us. 

Strategic Plan

In early 2015, RMFI embarked on a strategic planning process to better define and reaffirm our vision, goals, objectives, and measurable actions we are committed to implementing over the next 5 years as an organization. With input from board members, staff, and community volunteers, RMFI developed an ambitious plan for moving the organization forward to better position us to respond to the ever-growing and critical conservation and stewardship needs in Southern Colorado. We invite you to read through our strategic plan here


RMFI is a proud member of several planning and leadership teams as well as other organizations that align with our mission.

  • 1% for the Planet
  • American Hiking Society
  • Bear Creek Roundtable
  • Better Business Bureau Accredited Nonprofit Organization
  • Center for Nonprofit Exellence
  • Colorado Nonprofit Association
  • Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Coalition
  • Colorado Springs Chamber & Economic Development Corporation
  • El Paso County Regional Resiliency Collaborative
  • Friends of Garden of the Gods, lifetime member
  • Front Range Roundtable
  • Guidestar Platinum Member
  • Leave No Trace
  • National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
  • Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance
  • Super Friends Group; Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services
  • Trails, Open Space, and Parks (TOPS) Working Committee
  • Trails and Open Space Coalition