Rio Grande Watershed Conservation & Education Initiative

Current Events

The local conservation district winners have been chosen for the Annual 6th Grade Poster Contest "We All Need Trees!" Click here to see the complete list for each of the conservation districts in the San Luis Valley.

The next SLV Envirothon Workshop will be Wednesday, January 25, 2017 and will focus on the current issue and oral presentation components. Lunch will be provided. Contact Bethany Howell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot!

The next RGWCEI Board meeting will take place Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 5:30 pm at the San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District conference room.

Beaver Creek Youth Conservation Camp Counselor Applications

We are now accepting applications for junior and senior camp counselors for our youth conservation camp at Beaver Creek Campground in South Fork on June 20-22, 2017. If you are between the ages of 14 and 18, love kids, love the outdoors, and want to strengthen your leadership skills, then Apply Now! Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2017. 



The Rio Grande Watershed Conservation & Education Initiative has grown from a conservation poster contest and a handful of school visits and community outreach events to over 10,000 student visits a year, a variety of field trips for students and community members, a kids' conservation camp, grazing and farming workshops, serving as an education voice on many boards, committees and educational programs and a Project Wet, Project Learning Tree, and Food, Land and People and local curriculum provider.

Throughout all these changes, the mission has remained the same - to provide quality informative education about conservation and the use of natural resources to San Luis Valley farmers, ranchers, land owners, community members and students.

RGWCEI's partnership with local Valley agencies and farmers and ranchers means that we're all dedicated to providing that education and awareness to our children. With such dedication, there's a real chance that our next generations will be passionate, educated, and eager to be part of their environment.

Bethany Howell, Executive Director
Rio Grande Watershed Conservation and Education Initiative


BCYCC FlyTying

Kids at conservation camp observe an expert fly fisherman create lures.


Anti-discrimination Policy: The Rio Grande Watershed Conservation Education Program prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.

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