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.
College Field Studies Course
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 backcountry of the Colorado wilderness for an extended period of time. While there, students earn 4 college credits in Geography and Environmental Studies, 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.
A limited number of merit-based scholarships are available thanks to the National Forest Foundation, the Tom and Carole Huber Scholarship Fund, and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).
Program Dates: July 27 - August 13, 2020Learn More & Apply
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.Learn More
Dirt Camp with Catamount Institute
Since 2015, RMFI has partnered with the Catamount Institute to host Dirt Camp, a weeklong summer day camp for youth ages 10 to 12 focused on education and service in Garden of the Gods Park. Each day of the program, campers take part in learning activities such as soil chemistry testing, fossil discovery, and underground ecosystem exploration, and also spend a few hours working on a soil conservation stewardship with RMFI.
Program Dates: July 15-19, 2019Click Here To Register
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