RMFI seeks volunteers for some spring workdays at Garden

       The Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) has begun its spring season fixing trails and erosion problems in the Garden of the Gods.
       Volunteers are needed for several of the workdays, which an RMFI press release describes as “strenuous.”
       Two types of workdays are conducted by the non-profit, Westside-based organization: adult and youth. Advance registration is necessary at 471-7736.
       Adult workdays have a minimum age of 16 - age 13 if accompanied by an adult), with workdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those still needing volunteers are:
       April 18 and 25; and May 2, 8, 22, 23, 29 and 30.
       Youth workdays are specifically geared for middle and high school students, although parents are welcome. Those still needing volunteers are:
       April 10, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and May 2, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
       For adult workdays, the chief impetus for the second straight year is “rebuilding the Strausenback Trail, including building retaining walls, steps and drainage structures,” the press release states. The Strausenback especially gets worn down because it is used by thousands of horseback riders every summer from Academy Stables, elaborated Eric Billmeyer, RMFI associate director.
       For youth, the main objective will be improving the Palmer Trail, which parallels Gateway Road and Garden Drive west of the Gateway rock formation. Work will consist of moving rocks and dirt in bucket brigades to fill erosion gullies near the trail.
       In another opportunity this year, RMFI will select 10 high school students to participate in its eight-week Pikes Peak Corps education program this summer. Run in partnership with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Corps “introduces local high school students to a variety of environmental stewardship projects while providing an engaging curriculum of environmental science,” a press release states.
       The application deadline is April 16. For more information, call the RMFI number or go to rmfi.org.

Westside Pioneer/press release