ANNOUNCING EARTH CORPS 2019 21-Day Backcountry Field Studies Course

14 January 2019

Adventure · Education · Service

Course Fee: There is a course fee of $1,500 to cover program costs including tuition, staff, and all project equipment, food, supplies, and course materials. What you get:

  • 4 Geography/Environmental Studies credits from UCCS.
  • All course materials including handouts, readings, daypack, and field notebook.
  • Technical training in hands-on trail and restoration skills and techniques from industry experts.
  • Academic lectures from experts in the field of botany, ecology, hydrology, public lands management, and more.
  • Tuition through the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (credits transferable to your university/college).
  • Use of all project gear, supplies, and equipment including tents, helmets, and tools for the duration of the program. 
  • RMFI Natural Resource Technician Certificate.
  • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live, work, learn, and recreate for 21 days in a Colorado wilderness while gaining real-world experience, and making friendships and memories that will last forever.
  • All food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) for the duration of the program.

Course Description: Earth Corps is run by the Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) in partnership with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to provide motivated, environmentally conscious students the opportunity to live and learn in the incredible natural classroom of the Colorado wilderness. The program began in 2002 and is designed to integrate key lessons in environmental studies with the completion of multiple critical environmental restoration projects. Earth Corps attracts exceptional students from across the nation to participate in this unique service learning opportunity.

In 2019, Earth Corps students will complete environmental restoration projects in Willow Lake Basin located at the base of Challenger Point and Kit Carson Peak, two iconic 14,000-foot peaks in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and develop key outdoor skills during the program and through their summits of both peaks. The projects entail long hours of very demanding physical labor at altitudes of 11,000-14,000+ feet. Students will learn and practice outdoor leadership, Leave No Trace ethics, backcountry navigation, alpine mountaineering, and risk management skills. 

There are no course pre-requisites to participate in Earth Corps. Previous backcountry experience is preferred, but not required. Earth Corps is a very physically strenuous program and participants must arrive in good physical condition. 

Program Dates: July 8-28, 2019

To Apply:

• Create a basic log-in and complete online program application form and $25 application fee (included in form). 
• Email current resume and cover letter detailing interest in program and qualifications to

Please submit all application materials at the same time.

RMFI accepts applications on a rolling basis, will review completed applications immediately upon receiving them, and will contact prospective students to arrange an interview. Acceptance into the program is competitive, based on application and interview process. RMFI will select 10 students to participate.

Application Deadline: April 12, 2019.

Want to see more? Check out this video about Earth Corps: For more information, please visit

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