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Become an AmeriCorps Member with GARNA!

Are you ready for your next adventure? Give a year of service to your country by becoming an AmeriCorps member with GARNA’s Youth Ecological Literacy Program through Alpine Achievers Initiative! 

Each year, 20 AmeriCorps members come from all over the country to join Alpine Achievers Initiative in their mission of serving youth of rural southern Colorado. This is an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone, move somewhere new and unique, and get professional experience before your next step in life.

Meet the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA), one of Alpine Achievers Initiative’s member sites.  Serving with GARNA, you will help plan and lead school field trips, enrichment programs, and camps with GARNA’s Youth Ecological Literacy Program (YELP).

YELP energizes school curriculum by adding a hands-on outdoor learning component to enhance teachers’ curriculum while meeting Colorado Academic Standards.  Participation in the program strengthens young people’s connectedness to the natural world and inspires them to practice environmental stewardship and communicate these concepts to peers and family.  

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BLM and USFS Begin Public Scoping for Browns Canyon National Monument Resource Management Plan

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Salida 4th Graders Changing the World

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Chaffee County to Focus on Recreation in Balance

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Executive Summary – Exploration of GARNA infolding Chaffee Green

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Summary: Incorporating Chaffee Green as a Sustainability Program within the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA)

A series of meetings was held between 2 members of GARNA’s Board of Directors, GARNA’s Executive Director and four members of the Chaffee Green leadership team to explore the possibility of folding Chaffee Green into the GARNA organization.  The recommendations from those meetings have been summarized in a detailed Letter of Intent, following the McKinsey 7s Framework for Organizational Effectiveness. An executive summary of that effort is provided here, and a copy of the full Letter of Intent is available upon request.

How does this help Chaffee Green?

501c3 status. Establishing a new non-profit requires a tremendous amount of time and energy. Without non-profit status, Chaffee Green will be unable to solicit tax-deductible donations and many grants.

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