Youth Ecological Literacy

School Year Programs including extra-curricular and Friday enrichment

Stream Explorers – Salida and Buena Vista

Public Lands Career Exploration

Nature Camp 2018

GARNA’s Youth Ecological Literacy Program (YELP) goals are to foster environmental stewardship and to encourage young people to explore careers within the field of natural resources. The program provides science-based, experiential activities and education through school field trips, career exploration, enrichment programs, and summer camps. GARNA’s YELP program provides young people opportunities for civic engagement through service trips and leverages community collaboration to create healthy kids by fostering interest in outdoor recreation.

YELP was first developed from a grant from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and we have received financial support from the US Forest Service (USFS), the Town of Buena Vista and other sources. Representatives from the USFS, BLM, CO Parks and Wildlife, Trout Unlimited, Southwest Conservation Corps and others assist in implementing the program.

Want to help?

You can provide financial support by joining GARNA and/or by providing a cash donation. An individual membership at $25 pays for one student to go on 2 all day field trips and benefit from 4 classroom visits with the GARNA Youth Ecological Literacy Program.

Do you have a background in the natural sciences or just find it rewarding to work outside with kids? We’re always looking for volunteers to help us with field trips and other activities.


GARNA is the Arkansas River Valley’s only local broadly focused conservation and educational institution with non-profit status. GARNA is supported by membership fees…will you join us?

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