Rocky Mountain Field Institute


We are the nonprofit stewards of public land in Southern Colorado. We actively educate and engage thousands of community volunteers every year through the completion of hands-on trail and restoration projects that help to conserve and protect our region’s treasured public natural landscapes. From recreational trail work to watershed protection and fire rehabilitation, our work keeps Colorado’s great outdoors great.


Parks and open spaces define the beautiful natural backdrop and exceptional quality of life in the Pikes Peak region. RMFI stewards these landscapes so future generations can enjoy them just as we get to. Our stewardship model centers on community engagement as a means of connecting people to the outdoors, providing sustainable outdoor recreation access, and fostering an ethic of environmental responsibility.


We are in need of a small fuel-efficient vehicle; working computers, printers and small cameras; shovels, pick mattocks and 5-gallon buckets; and field and office volunteers.

Did You Know

The most popular activity in Colorado Springs is hiking, and 90 percent of residents visit the city’s parks, trails and open spaces at least once each year.

“For over three decades, RMFI has played an incredibly important role in completing stewardship activities in our city parks and open spaces, and the value it has provided in the protection of our natural areas and trail systems cannot be overstated.”
— Kurt Schroeder, Colorado Springs Parks Department

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