Rio Grande Watershed Conservation & Education Initiative

The "Spirit of Giving" begins November 21st at any of the San Luis Valley Federal Bank branches. Any non-profit is eligible to receive a portion of $30,000 provided by SLV Federal. If you have an account, please consider supporting the Rio Grande Watershed Conservation & Education Initiative as one of the non-profits to benefit from their generosity. Ballots are available at all of the SLV Federal bank branches. You are allowed one vote per account! 

Want to receive a tax benefit this holiday season? Consider donating to the Rio Grande Watershed Conservation & Education Initiative. We are a registered 501 c3 in Colorado. All donations are welcome as we strive to provide quality conservation education throughout the Valley!

Mail checks to P.O. Box 1257 Center, CO 81125

Current Events

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 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. Five will go on to compete at the state's contest with the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts with the possibility of being chosen to compete at the national level. Congratulations to all our participants, you did an amazing job and we had a tough time choosing!  

The next SLV Envirothon Workshop will be in mid-January and 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!


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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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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