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Garna

Creating generations of stewardship on the Upper Arkansas River ecosystem

Photo Credit: William Helms

Who We Are

Legacy Creators

GARNA, through community collaboration, inspires a conservation ethic by providing educational opportunities and experiences so that those who live, work and play in the Upper Arkansas Valley.

We subscribe to a generational approach — that investments in learning and opportunities for public participation build on themselves and help ensure the long-term health of our public lands and waters.

Garna Greater Arkansas River Nature Association - Education, stewardship, volunteering Salida - Nature Camp group posing by a large boulder

Our Impact

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Miles of land managed
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People reached each year through programs
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Volunteers, the largest in the region
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Members supporting our mission

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Events & Highlights

Our Programs

Friends of Public Lands

GARNA collaborates with public land agency partners to leave a legacy of responsible use of our natural environment, making it the largest group of volunteers in the Upper Arkansas River valley.

Environmental Education

GARNA inspires a conservation ethic by providing educational opportunities and experiences through youth programming and environmental-focused clubs.

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Garna - Sustainability programs

Sustainability

GARNA takes action to develop a plan for a systems approach to countywide Solid Materials Management solutions in the areas of zero waste, renewable energy, & overall environmental health. Photo by Brian McCabe.

Heritage Area Program

Chaffee County Heritage Advisory Board was created to provide advice and assistance on matters associated with planning an implementation of the Heritage Area Program and revisits the stories of the land and the people who once stood where we stand.
Garna - 3rd Historic Maxwell Park Schoolhouse by William Helms

Chaffee Mobile Gear Library

GARNA is committed to improving access to the outdoors for everybody. GARNA is partnering with a coalition of local organizations and the nationally based Outdoors Empowered Network to help outfit youth and adults for outdoor based programming in Chaffee County.

Latest GARNA News

Podcast Episode – The Eager Beaver

In this episode, we sit down at a beaver lodge with local author Ben Goldfarb, and his dog, Kit, to gab about beavers, mule deer, road kill and more!...

Friends of Fourmile work to Improve Camping in Fourmile

The GARNA volunteer chapter, Friends of Fourmile, has recently been working with the BLM and National Forest Foundation to improve management of...

Beasley Memorial Scholarship – Deadline Extended to April 8

GARNA Renews the Brett Beasley Memorial Scholarship Local students pursuing careers in outdoor recreation and natural resource management have a...
Garna Greater Arkansas River Nature Association - Education, stewardship, volunteering Salida - Plants alonside the riverbank
Gone to Seed by Kari Vanderburg
Our members make a huge difference each year, funding 55% of GARNA's work. We cannot do what we do without these vital community members.
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