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Inspire the next generation

Youth Ecological Literacy Program (YELP)

YELP seeks to inspire the next generation to become informed, engaged, and caring citizens to protect the Upper Arkansas Valley’s natural resources. Through environmental education, GARNA connects youth to public lands with education on stewardship and respectful recreation. YELP reaches over 1,600 rural youth per year through field trips, classroom projects, after school programs, camps and internships. GARNA partners with public land agencies including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), US Forest Service, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District, Trout Unlimited and over 25 other community partners who consider GARNA to be the environmental educator in the Upper Arkansas Valley.

Two youth holding a dandelion for the camera alongside the river
Youth group posing by the Monarch Pass sign at the top of Monarch Pass, Colorado

Collaborative Vision

Share in our vision by joining one of our programs to create an environmentally literate generation that supports the well-being of healthy ecosystems in the Upper Arkansas Valley.

Admission Cost

8 out of 10 YELP programs are free to participants and funded through GARNA memberships, grants, and sponsorships.

Browns Canyon Monument Curriculum

GARNA is partnering with the BLM to create a curriculum for formal and informal educators to use for programming in Browns Canyon National Monument.

Curriculum will be accessible online. Additionally, Mobile Interpretive Crates with the instructional resources will be available for check out.

Field Work with Upper Ark Schools

Teachers, are you looking for a field work day for your students? Send an email to or call (719) 539-5106 to discuss.

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