Rio Grande Watershed Conservation and Education Initiative

The Rio Grande Watershed Conservation and Education Initiative was founded on the belief that active conservation creates a resilient environment, sustainable economy, and a better quality of life, recognizing that the key to a sustainable future lays in society’s ability to understand and appreciate the natural world.

Louis Bacon and The Trinchera Blanca Foundation support The Rio Grande Watershed Conservation and Education Initiative as it works through various interactive educational programs:

  • Watershed to Cup Teacher Workshop series is in its eighth year of providing Colorado teachers an opportunity to build background knowledge, develop teaching skills and meet the demands of standards based education.
  • Youth Conservation Camp provides students, aged 8 through 13, an opportunity to attend summer camp where they build landscape connections and establish lifelong links to the environment.
  • Circle Project landowner workshops assist landowners in developing skills through peer exchange and learning experiences with field professionals.
  • Envirothon program develops knowledgeable, skilled and dedicated citizens with deep understanding of natural resources through hands-on learning, teamwork, and competition. Envirothon topics include aquatic ecology, forestry, soil and land use, wildlife and current resource concerns. More than 500,000 students participate nationally and in partnership with The Trinchera Blanca Foundation, the program will be introduced throughout the San Luis Valley.

“The community in the San Luis Valley are among the most economically disadvantaged in the state and The Trinchera Blanca Foundation provides the opportunity to educate and empower local students, teachers and landowners for the betterment of natural resources and environment.”
– Judy Lopez, Rio Grande Watershed Conservation and Education Initiative Education and Program Specialist

“Simply put, The Trinchera Blanca Foundation readily took an active role in the improvement of the community.”
Harold Anderson, Costilla County Rancher and Vice-chair of The Rio Grande Watershed Conservation and Education initiative.

Read more about The Rio Grande Watershed Conservation and Education Initiative, here.