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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) and the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) are partnering to offer a free four-part education series to equip and train volunteers to help steward the public lands of the Upper Arkansas Valley beginning Saturday, March 25.

A young student completes a project on water erosion at the Ruby Mountain Campground on the Arkansas River. Photo/Tara Flanagan

The educational series also partners with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Royal George Region, and the United States Forest Service (USFS) – Salida Ranger District, as well as individual educators.

Participants will learn about a different topic each week, how to interpret that topic, the Authority of the Resource, and volunteer opportunities related to each week’s topic. Interested members of the public can sign up for one or all four sessions. All events are from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., meeting at the AHRA visitor center.

All events meet at the AHRA Visitor Center at 307 W. Sackett in Salida. If a field trip is part of the training, transportation is provided.

The series will culminate in the AHRA-sponsored season kick-off event on Saturday, May 13, where volunteers who complete the whole series will be honored with “fabulous prizes.”


  • Saturday, March 25 – Topic: Ornithology
  • Friday, April 7 – Topic: Stream Ecology
  • Friday, April 14 – Topic: Wildlife
  • Saturday, April 29 – Topic: Geology

Pre-registration is required. Follow this link for more information about each session and to register.