GARNA envisions an informed community that promotes the conservation of the unique natural, cultural, and historic resources of the greater Arkansas River region.
GARNA’s mission is to foster stewardship of the resources of the greater Arkansas River region through education, volunteerism and experiences.
We accomplish our mission through formal partnerships with natural resource agencies and work with local, like-minded organizations.
GARNA’s activities take place in Chaffee, Fremont, and Lake Counties and in the San Luis Valley. Since 1996, GARNA has been assisting the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (including the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area), counties and local municipalities to accomplish specific projects. GARNA provides services to the public including the Youth Ecological Literacy Program serving over 350 students a year, organizing public programs and field trips, providing interpretive information throughout the region and publishing and selling local guidebooks and history titles. GARNA administers the Chaffee County Heritage Area / Collegiate Peaks Scenic & Historic Byway under guidance of an appointed Heritage Area Advisory Board.