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About Rio Grande Watershed Conservation and Education Initiative email

image003Contact: Judy Lopez, Conservation Education Specialist


101 South Craft Drive
Alamosa CO 81101

Phone: 719-754-3400

Mission: Conservation *** Collaboration *** Education

Vision: To provide dynamic conservation education to the San Luis Valley community and to promote stewardship of our natural resources.

San Luis Valley Conservation Education & Public Outreach

Educational Efforts

  • Educate youth throughout San Luis Valley schools about conservation issues.
    • Develop educational materials and curriculum centered on conservation in agriculture .
    • Lead ‘in-the-field’ educational trips for youth.
    • Make classroom visits and teach about agriculture sciences, conservation and environmental sciences.
    • Coordinate the CACD 6th grade conservation poster and essay contest in the San Luis Valley.
      • Coordinate the Junior Natural Resources Camp at Beaver Creek
      • Provide “in the field”  project learning opportunities for students in grades 6 through 12, so that they can participate in regional and state science and engineering fairs..
      • Planning and implementation of the San Luis Valley “Water Fest on the Rio”
      • Hold the annual two week Teachers Workshop for teachers statewide.
      • Hold Small Acreage Landowner workshops and seminars.

Public Affairs Activities

  • Educate the public on conservation issues at community events as well as discuss the services that are available through their local Conservation District.  These events include; the Earth Day Festival, the Crane Festival, and AG Safety Days.
  • Judge conservation projects at local science fairs.
    • Participate on the Environmental and Conservation Education Council, a group in the San Luis Valley that strives to incorporate conservation education in surrounding schools.
    • Represent conservation careers at local career fairs.
    • Serve as educational advisory positions on  boards.
    • Work with the Conservation Districts on conservation projects.
    • Facilitate meetings of conservation and education groups.
    • Provide presentations as requested.
    • Assist with implementation of Watershed activities.