Rio Grande Watershed Conservation & Education Initiative

Current Events

The next RGWCEI Board meeting will take place Thursday, October 11th at 8:30 am at the RGWCEI office at 125 Adams Street in Monte Vista, CO.

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2018 Conservation Poster Contest!

This year's theme is Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home. Presentations, activities, and field trips for this year's contest will begin September 17th. Contact Bethany to schedule your fifth or sixth grade class' poster presentation and activities at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. RGWCEI provides posters for all students in the Rio Grande Watershed Association of Conservation Districts. Posters are due to RGWCEI no later than September 28, 2018!

For more information on the contest (rules, etc.), click here.



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


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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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