Rio Grande Watershed Conservation & Education Initiative

Current Events

The next RGWCEI Board meeting will take place Thursday, March 29th at 8:30 am in the RGWCEI office at 125 Adams Street, Monte Vista, CO.

Youth Conservation Camp Counselors Needed

Applications are now open for junior and senior camp counselors for our youth conservation camp. Applicants must be 14 years old or have completed 8th grade to apply as a junior counselor.  Applications will be open through mid-April. Click here to apply!

Envirothon Workshops

The next Envirothon workshop, Western Land Management: Balancing Diverse Views will take place in February 21st at 9:30 AM in the San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District office. Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Class 2 Field Program

Our classroom activities and lessons are available throughout the winter! Get your class engaged with water lessons now and transition to a field trip in the spring!

Our class activities are prepared and taught by RGWCEI staff and transition easily into a fun field experience. Check them out here. 

Save the Date

Registration will open March 16th! Check back to reserve your child's spot at camp this year.


2017 Conservation Poster Contest Winners!

We are so excited to announce the winners of our annual poster contest. Please click here to see a complete list of winners from our participating schools!



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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