Education

Our Education Programs

RMFI aims to integrate an educational component into every volunteer event. This varies with each project but ranges from a brief geology talk in the Garden of the Gods to a complex hands-on hydrology lesson on Pikes Peak. In addition to our inherently educational volunteer workdays, RMFI offers the below programs for those looking to dig a little deeper. 

Earth Corps Field Studies Program

Earth Corps is RMFI's signature education program. Started in 2002, this award-winning undergraduate field studies course provides environmentally conscious college students the opportunity to live, work, learn, and recreate in the incredible mountains of Colorado for an extended period of time. While there, students earn 4 college credits in Geography and Environmental Studies, receive technical training in trail and restoration techniques from industry experts, gain skills in outdoor leadership, Leave No Trace ethics, backcountry navigation, alpine mountaineering, and risk management skills, and make memories that will last a lifetime. The 2021 Earth Corps field studies program will take place on Pikes Peak about an hour west of Colorado Springs, Colorado!

Need-based scholarships will be available thanks to the Tom and Carole Huber Scholarship Fund and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)!

Program Dates: July 26 - August 12, 2021

The application period for the 2021 program will open in December 2020! Stay tuned for details!

Earth Corps Field Studies

Pikes Peak Regional Crew Leader Training

The annual Pikes Peak Regional Crew Leader Training is an intensive weekend-long training for volunteers who are interested in becoming certified and active Volunteer Crew Leaders. While in the training, participants learn how to lead safe, successful trail projects and develop basic trail construction and restoration skills. The training is hosted in partnership by Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Trails and Open Space Coalition, Friends of the Peak, and the City of Colorado Springs, Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department. 

Crew Leader Training has been cancelled for 2020.

We look forward to hosting Crew Leader Training in 2021!

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Technical Training Courses

RMFI provides a handful of advanced technical training courses throughout the year covering a wide array of trail and restoration techniques relevant to the field work done by RMFI and related partner organizations. Keep an eye out for upcoming technical training courses on our calendar. These are typically the workdays listed with the color yellow to indicate limited enrollment for Crew Leaders, partner organizations, and volunteers with several workdays under their belt. 

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I've participated in my fair share of experiential learning programs, and felt RMFI did an excellent job of combining the academic, work, leadership, and adventure components. Willow Lake Basin and my RMFI crew definitely brought out a passion I don't think I could find in lecture halls.

Anna Socha Earth Corps Alum
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