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Volunteer Education Series

March 25, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

GARNA and AHRA are hosting a free 4-part educational series to equip and train volunteers to help steward the public lands of the Upper Arkansas Valley. Participants will learn about a different topic each week, how to interpret that topic and educate others and about  volunteer opportunities related to each week’s topic.

The series also partners with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Royal George Region and United States Forest Service (USFS) – Salida Ranger District, as well as individual educators.

Participants can sign up for one or all four training events. The series will culminate in the AHRA-sponsored season kick off event on Saturday, May 13th, where volunteers who complete the whole series will be honored with fabulous prizes

All events meet at the AHRA Visitor Center at 307 W. Sackett in Salida at 9am. If a field trip is part of the training, transportation is provided.

Saturday, March 25
Topic: Ornithology with Dave McNitt from the BLM. Participants will learn about public land management agencies, birding and bird habitat on public lands, and volunteer opportunities such as Nestbox Monitoring and Pinyon Jay Monitoring programs.

Friday, April 7
Topic: Stream Ecology with Alex Townsend from CPW.  Participants will learn about the fisheries of the Upper Arkansas Valley, and participate in a fish-shocking activity with CPW staff, plus opportunities to volunteer for Collegiate Peaks Trout Unlimited’s Stream Ecology programs.

Friday, April 14
Topic: Wildlife with Jeni Windorski with USFS who will talk about bats! Plus, Alex Jouney, the Boreal Toad specialist at CPW, will discuss Toads. Opportunities to volunteer as Boreal Toad monitoring. Opportunities to volunteer as Boreal Toad monitoring.

Saturday, April 29
Topic: Geology with Dr. James McCalpin, president of GEO-HAZ Consulting in Crestone. Participants will learn about the local geological features through maps and a short field trip, and volunteer opportunities about the Chaffee Rec Adopters and stewarding public lands.

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March 25, 2023
9:00 am - 11:30 am
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AHRA Visitor Center
307 W Sackett
Salida, CO 81201
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Many GARNA programs require a Liability Release Form be filled out each calendar year.

Your registration is secured upon receipt of payment, as long as there space is still available in a program. If you prefer not to register online (recommended), you may mail a check, made out to “GARNA” to the address below or stop by the office. Please include a note with the program you are registering for. Be aware, some programs sell out quickly, and we cannot confirm your spot with a mailed registration.

PO Box 1522
Salida CO 81201

Cancellation policy:

If we are notified of your need to cancel within 24 hours of program date, your program fee will be refunded except for a $3.00 administrative fee. If minimum enrollment has not been met 2 days before program date, programs will be cancelled and we will refund the full amount.

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