Rio Grande Watershed Conservation & Education Initiative

Coming Soon!

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  The Annual 6th Grade Poster Contest Presentation is ready for classrooms across the Valley. For more information on scheduling your class' opportunity to participate between Sept. 6-16, 2016, click here.




Don't forget to sign up your school to take part in the Valley Pumpkin Patch on October 3-6, 2016. Those pumpkins have to be picked before the first frost, so hurry up and email Bethany at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 719-589-5661 x117 to find out more!



When the Conservation Districts of the San Luis Valley began a conservation education position over 20 years ago, little did they realize that their commitment to conservation land use practices would grow into a movement! 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.

Logo-2010-largeThis change is due to partnership building, program planning and community buy in. 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.

The 21st century has brought an increased desire for community members to understand and support sustainability through the actions of sound resource management. We are also seeing that kids aren't as connected to the natural landscape as in years past. The increase in screen time and technology in general coupled with a lack of transportation around the Valley means most youth don't even know what's outside their door. 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.

Because of the amazing hard work of those who have come before me, and knowing that we are all needed to set the stage for success in managing our finite resources, I believe our future is bright and ready to meet the challenges ahead!


Bethany Howell
Rio Grande Watershed Conservation and Education Initiative
Education and Program Specialist


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