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. 

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. 

More information about the 2021 Pikes Peak Regional Crew Leader Training coming soon!

Crew Leader Training

B.O.L.T. | Building Outdoor Leaders Today

The Catamount Institute and RMFI are proud to announce the development of a new outdoor leadership program, B.O.L.T., for high school students in the Pikes Peak Region, specifically for students from Southeast Colorado Springs!

This program will consist of at least 6 after-school sessions and 4 Saturday sessions focused on leadership development, career exploration, and outdoor education. Some examples of session topics include First Aid, Leave No Trace, forest bathing, ecological restoration, recreational activities, and more! 

B.O.L.T. Program

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. 

Find Training Opportunities

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