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Youth Ecological Literacy Program Days and Ways to Volunteer

Photo Credit: Randy Schwitzer

To volunteer or for more information  – contact Bianka Martinez at or Cat Anderson at



Student Age

School-based Field Work and Experiences
Thursday, Sept. 28th

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Fooses Creek & Monarch Crest

Longfellow Elementary School

-Life Zone Ecology, Geology, & Orienteering


For our all day field trips, we need MANY volunteers to help and/or lead stations, be the photographer for the day, and rotate with classes as a chaperone through their stations.


Station topics include – birding and fishing, river insects, watershed health, geology, compass and GPS orienteering, native and nonnative species,  Ute culture, forestry, and sustainability.


You don’t have to be an expert to help with a topic that interests you!

Thursday, Oct. 5th

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Ruby Mountain Campground

Avery Parsons Elementary School

-Ecology & Stewardship

4th Grade
Thursday, Oct. 12

9:00 am-2:30 pm

Mt. Ouray State Wildlife Area

Salida Middle School

-Earth Science & Ecology

6th Grade

September 22nd & 29th,  October 6th

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

October 13th

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location TBD

Salida Stream Explorers Camp in partnership with Trout Unlimited


Theme:  Stream Ecology and Fly Fishing

Rising 5th – 8th graders This program aims to connect youth with the river in their own backyard. Each of these sessions features a different topic, starting with Stream Conservation.


Station topics include: stream ecology and aquatic invertebrates, water quality, fish habitats, fly tying, and fly fishing.


You don’t have to be an expert to support!

** Note:  GARNA requires a background check for all youth volunteers.

To volunteer or to find out more information  – please contact Bianka Martinez at




GARNA works with communities of the upper Arkansas River valley to foster the stewardship of the region’s natural environment and the resilience of our communities.

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