A man hands a child a small net. They are standing in a river lined by vegetation.
A man hands a child a small net. They are standing in a river lined by vegetation.

Lindsey Kurt-Mason, a volunteer educator, helps a second grader catch insects in Four Mile Creek. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Lindsey Kurt-Mason, a volunteer educator, helps a second grader catch insects in Four Mile Creek. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies

Community Naturalist in Colorado

Thank You, Volunteer Educators!

Our volunteer environmental educators helped inspire hundreds of students in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, this fall.

A big thank-you is in order for the volunteers who helped to host approximately 800 students at Four Mile Ranch this fall! Four Mile Ranch, located in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, offers environmental education opportunities to students from regional schools. This year’s efforts were no small feat, with volunteers logging more than 1,100 hours preparing for programs and educating future conservationists! You can see some of the joy of this experience in the slideshow below!

Each fall, staff and volunteers from Audubon Rockies prepare the trails and grounds in the Four Mile Ranch forests and bottomlands before hosting students from the Archuleta School District, Dulce Independent Schools, and many other local schools. Field trips to the ranch offer a special opportunity to connect with the natural world. While there, students learn about plants, insects, water, habitat, the needs of wildlife, and the interconnectedness of our environment. Meanwhile, they're immersed—through all five senses—in the natural beauty of Pagosa Springs.

Local support from Weminuche Audubon Society and long-standing contributions from the Hershey Foundation continue to make opportunities at Four Mile Ranch a reality. Additionally, the fall field trips wouldn’t be possible without the contributions of so many teachers, aides, parent chaperones, district bus drivers, and other volunteers. We sincerely appreciate their contributions to making these programs a success!

If you’re interested in joining our wonderful team of volunteer environmental educators, please fill out this form! I'll contact you when we have opportunities available.

Lindsey Kurt-Mason, a volunteer educator, shows second grade students aquatic insects during a field trip to Four Mile Ranch. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Debbie McLain, a volunteer educator, and fourth grade student build a streamside habitat. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
A teacher and her students play a game during a field trip to Four Mile Ranch. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Fourth graders walk through the forest during a field trip at Four Mile Ranch. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Gloria Bissmeyer, southwest Colorado seasonal Community Naturalist, speaks to second graders during a field trip to Four Mile Ranch. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Keith Bruno, southwest Colorado Community Naturalist for Audubon Rockies, shows fourth graders a pinecone eaten by a squirrel. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Second grade students look at aquatic insects. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Second-graders look at aquatic invertebrates during a field trip to Four Mile Ranch. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
A girl looks at a caddisfly on a rock during a stream activity at Four Mile Ranch. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Second-grade students catch insects in Four Mile Creek. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies

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