Volunteer Opportunities

Crew Leader Training
May 1 - May 2

Shelf Road with PPCA
April 10 - registration opening soon!

Earth Day Stewardship Day 
April 24 (location TBD)

Upcoming Events

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Now through October 24

RMFI 40 Years of Discovery Contest
April 1 - October 1, 2021

Garden of the Gods 10 Mile & 10K Run
June 13, 2021

Please continue to email the outgoing Volunteer & Partnership Coordinator (VPC) at with any custom group volunteer workday requests! The incoming VPC will begin on March 15 (continue to reach this newsletter to learn about our new VPC)!

Welcome, New RMFI Board Members!

We are excited to welcome 4 new members to RMFI's Board of Directors! Brief bios for each are included below:

Alex Lippert: Alex is an Investment Advisor Representative with Securian Financial Services. Alex grew up in Colorado Springs, has volunteered with RMFI in the past, and has a passion for the outdoors and stewardship.

Priscilla Marbaker: Priscilla is a landscape architect and Principal with Tapis Associates. She has 25 years of project management and design experience, and has worked in Colorado Springs since 1995. She brings extensive experience in land use planning and outdoor recreation.

Anna Parrish: Anna is the Assistant Director of Development at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS). She has an extensive background in fundraising through positions at Big Brothers/Big Sisters COS and currently at UCCS where she handles major gifts. She is an avid hiker and mountain biker.

Katie Regan: Katie is an educator at Doherty High School. She is an avid endurance mountain biker and has extensive experience with numerous cycling-related groups, and has spent time volunteering with the Catamount Institute. Katie is passionate about outdoor education.

Welcome, New Volunteer & Partnership Coordinator!

We are thrilled to announce our new Volunteer & Partnership Coordinator, Savannah Robar, who will begin with RMFI on March 15! From throwing cast nets off the dock to hiking along the blue ridge mountains, she was never too far from the outdoors while living in North Georgia. After leaving fried food and 110 percent humidity behind to work on a bison ranch in South Dakota, she decided the West was for her. Since then, she's worked in various sectors of agriculture and ultimately decided to pursue a career in conservation. Last season, Savannah worked for RMFI as a Field Instructor and is ecstatic to be part of our team in this new role to continue working for the betterment of the land and the community!

Virtual Banff Film Festival World Tour 2021

This year's film festival is going VIRTUAL! We're so excited to be partnering with Mountain Chalet again on this annual tradition with proceeds benefiting RMFI! There are many ways you can enjoy this year's films including individual ($14) or bundled programs ($28). Once you purchase your tickets, you'll have access to great adventure films that you'll get to enjoy from the comfort of your own home! 

Click here to find out more information and to purchase your tickets today! 

Crew Leader Training | May 1 & 2, 2021

The application for the 2021 Pikes Peak Regional Crew Leader Training is now open! This program consists of an intensive 2-day training and subsequent certification process that provides committed trail volunteers the opportunity to "take it to the next level." TOSCFoTP, the City of Colorado Springs Parks & Rec., and RMFI will teach you how to lead safe, successful trail projects and develop basic trail construction and restoration skills! This training weekend will take place online through virtual lessons as well as in-person at North Cheyenne Cañon Park on Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2. To learn more and to apply, click here!

40 Years of Discovery Contest | April 1 - October 1

In celebration of RMFI's 40th anniversary, we are excited to announce our "40 Years of Discovery Contest" in partnership with Mountain Chalet! We have curated a list of 40 places in and around the Pikes Peak Region where RMFI has worked and want you to go and visit them starting April 1 through October 1! At each contest location, you'll take a photo of yourself holding a custom RMFI bandana and send that back to us. The more places you visit, the more opportunities you have to win AMAZING prize packages from Mountain Chalet including the Grand Prize valued at more than $1,000!

For contest rules and more information, visit! In the meantime, click here to sign up for the contest - after you submit the entry form, we'll mail you the custom bandana (free!) so you can get out and start exploring!

Project Highlight: Palmer Park

RMFI is spending 12 days this spring constructing a minor reroute of the Greencrest Trail in Palmer Park. The existing portion of the trail, located near the Youth Camp reservation area in the Northeastern portion of the park, traverses a low land with little opportunities for drainage. The current trail is heavily gullied and will continue to erode if not addressed. RMFI staff will construct a ~250 reroute of the trail, bringing the trail out of low-lying areas and creating a more sustainable trail for users to enjoy. Keep an eye out and give us a friendly, socially-distanced, hello!

Tom & Carole Huber Earth Corps Scholarship

We invite you to learn about and contribute to a scholarship program that will enable the next generation of conservation leaders to grow and develop, while also honoring two individuals who have made significant contributions to RMFI and the Colorado Springs community. Tom and Carole Huber were instrumental in the design and support of Earth Corps nearly 20 years ago, and both have made an indelible mark in the lives of young people through their decades of teaching geography and environmental studies at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), serving on nonprofit boards, mentoring young conservation leaders, and making positive change in this community. To learn more about the “Tom and Carole Huber Scholarship” and how you can contribute, please click here.

Earth Corps Alumni Network

Are you a graduate of RMFI's Earth Corps field studies program? If so, we'd love for you to provide us your updated contact information so that we can embark on our goal of creating an Earth Corps alumni network!

Please click here to access a contact form. We'd really appreciate hearing from you.

Thank you for your help!

We'd Love to See Your RMFI Photos!

We are still looking for your RMFI photos from the '80s and '90s! We would love to see your photos from past projects so we can honor our 40th anniversary. Whether you're digging in the dirt, sending it up a climbing route, or just sharing snacks and laughs, we want to see it all! 

This photo shows RMFI's founder, Mark Hesse, climbing on the upper East Face of Gray Rock at the Garden of the Gods in July of 1984. Thank you, Stewart Green, for sharing this wonderful photo of Mark!

If you have any photos, please send them to!

Gear Volunteer for the 2021 Season

RMFI is seeking a dedicated individual to fill a Gear Volunteer position for the 2021 field season! This volunteer is asked to commit 3 to 5 hours a month from February through mid-December to help with equipment maintenance!

Some examples of duties include:
• Properly sharpen tools
• Clean tools and gear of mud, dirt, and rust
• Apply oil to steel tools
• Sand & re-oil wooden handles
• Repair tents and other camping equipment

Contact Alex Hladkyj, RMFI Program Manager, at to schedule an interview!

B.O.L.T. Program Update

The B.O.L.T. (Building Outdoor Leaders Today) program students spent their Saturday at Garden of the Gods learning about archeology sites in the park from Anna Cordova, the City of Colorado Springs' Archeologist, as well as learning while on an interpretive hike from Alex Hladkyj, RMFI's Program Manager, and Carl Woody, RMFI's Program Director. 

The students, along with RMFI and Catamount Institute staff, will head out on a week-long stewardship trip to Indian Creek, Utah in mid-March to learn about the surrounding area and complete some stewardship work.

Catamount Center Seeking New Site Manager!

Our partners at the Catamount Center are seeking a new Care Site Manager. The position will begin on May 1, 2021 and the manager will live and work at the spectacular Catamount Center Campus in Woodland Park, CO.

For more information and a full job description, please contact Julie Francis, Catamount Center Executive Director at or 719-440-9329. And for more information about the Catamount Center, visit!

Support RMFI While You Shop!

RMFI is proud to be partnering with King Soopers and City Market on their Community Rewards Program! In 2020, close to $2,000 was raised through this program for RMFI! Just by doing your regular grocery shopping, you can help RMFI raise funds to support our mission, and helping us is really easy. All you have to do is link your store loyalty cards to RMFI so that we get a percentage of your normal purchases.

To enroll, log in to your King Soopers account and/or your City Market account, click the Community Rewards link on the left, search for “Rocky Mountain Field Institute”, and click the “Enroll” button. It’s that easy!

Your Support at Work

We leverage a small staff to create big on-the-ground results. We rely on the generosity of others and are committed to being responsible stewards of the time, money, and in-kind contributions entrusted to us. Want to help us continue doing our high-impact work in the natural landscapes we call home? Please consider making a financial contribution!

Donate here or contact us at!

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