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. 

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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, 2019

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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