WHAT: Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) is recruiting undergraduate students for its annual college-accredited field studies course, Earth Corps. Earth Corps is an 18-day field studies course that provides motivated, environmentally conscious undergraduate students the opportunity to live and learn in the incredible natural classroom of the Colorado mountains. Students who complete the program will earn 4 college credits in Geography transferable to their respective college/university and will also receive a Natural Resource Technician Certificate.

WHERE: In 2021, Earth Corps students will live at the Crags Campground near Colorado Springs, Colorado for 18 days and will help construct the new Devils Playground Trail to the top of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain! In addition to gaining experience in trail construction, students will develop key outdoor skills throughout the program and through excursions to the summit of Pikes Peak and other outdoor pursuits. Academic and industry experts will also provide lectures on public lands management, geography, cultural history of the Pikes Peak Region, botany, and other related topics. Students will learn and practice outdoor leadership, Leave No Trace ethics, backcountry navigation, and risk management skills.

WHEN: July 26 – August 12, 2021

PROGRAM COST: $1,500 (This will cover program costs including tuition, staff, and all project equipment, food, supplies, and course materials). Needs-based scholarships are available for those who qualify. Upon completion of the course, students receive 4 credits in Geography from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs transferrable to the student’s respective college or university.

HOW TO APPLY: Early bird deadline is March 1, 2021 after which the application fee will increase to $25. Please visit https://www.rmfi.org/earth-corps to learn more and apply today. Final application deadline is April 26, 2021.