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. 2022 Crew Leader Training dates will be announced this winter.Crew Leader Training
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)!
APPLICATION PERIOD FOR 2021 COURSE IS CLOSED
Program Dates: July 26 - August 12, 2021
Earth Corps Field Studies
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