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Education Program

What we offer for schools and other groups

Larimer County's Department of Natural Resources can make your next school field trip or group outing as educational as it is fun by providing a guided hike with a Volunteer Naturalist. Volunteer Naturalists are members of your community who donate their time to interpret the natural world for visitors to Larimer County's Open Spaces and Parks.

The Education Program is also able to provide speakers for your Rotary, Kiwanis, Elks clubs or other civic group or organization. Topics listed below, along with programs about the Department itself, the Open Lands Program, and the Parks Program, are available.

Topics for your program could range from local geology, to local flora and fauna or even local history. We can work with your group to design a program that will meet your objectives whether they be for advancement in scouting or other youth groups, or to meet Colorado State Educational Standards.

How to sign up your group

Large groups visiting Larimer County's parks or open spaces will need to fill out a Special Program Request form through the Offero system. You will need to first create a free account in Offero (name, email and phone number are all that is required). This helps to ensure that we do not have multiple school field trips at the same site on the same day. If you are proposing a hike for your school group or recognized community organization, no fees apply. For questions, contact Heather Young, education program coordinator, at (970) 619-4489.

Request a Special Program or Field Trip

Funding for transportation

Limited funding for school bus transportation is also available. Please contact us if you would like to receive some aid to cover the cost of fuel and labor for your field trip.

Request Transportation Funding Assistance

For questions about your program, or to discuss the possibility of having a Volunteer Naturalist guide please contact the Education Program. Heather Young,, (970) 619-4489

Volunteer Naturalists


Heather Young
(970) 619-4489

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