About Rio Grande Watershed Conservation and Education Initiative
Contact: Bethany Howell, Executive Director
PO Box 1257
Center, Co 81125
Mission: To provide effective conservation education to the San Luis Valley community and K-12 students through collaboration, connections, and experiences that enhance understanding and awareness of natural resource stewardship.
History: The Rio Grande Watershed Conservation & Education Initiative began as a part time education position within the five conservation districts of the San Luis Valley (Conejos, Costilla, Rio Grande, Center, and Mosca-Hooper). The conservation districts recognized the need for K-12 students and community members to learn about watershed health and the natural resources that affect our environment and agriculture. They hoped that students would become passionate, involved community members who care about the many natural resources of the San Luis Valley. Within a few years, the position became full-time, and in 2009, became incorporated as its own non-profit providing conservation education across the San Luis Valley with the help of numerous partners.