• Curecanti National Recreation Area


    National Recreation Area Colorado



(Gunnison Resource and Environmental Education Network)

A local partnership of educators from federal, state, and local government land management agencies. Participants assist local schools with the development and implementation of natural resource education units. GREEN members represent the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Colorado State University Mountain Meadows Research Center, Western State College, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Colorado State Forest Service, CSU Cooperative Extension, Gunnison Soil Conservation District, and the Gunnison Basin Weed Commission.


(Uncompahgre Conservation Education Alliance)

The UCEA is an informal group of agencies, organizations, and individuals who envision communities that make and support wise decisions about the use, management, and protection of our natural and cultural resources in the Uncompahgre Valley. Associates include; National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, EPA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Colorado State Forest Service, Colorado State University Extension Service, Salinity Control Project, Shavano Soil Conservation District, Colorado State Parks, West Central Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, local school districts, Montrose Cattlewomen, Montrose County Retired School Employees, Colorado Soil Conservation Board and Ute Indian Museum.

Parks As Classrooms

(National Park Foundation)

Over the years the National Park Foundation has funded the following through its Parks As Classrooms program: Global Positioning System and Geographical Information System for the map and habitat units; decibel meters for the sound program; the Automated Weather Source for the meteorology units and Journeys to Wilderness Canyons.

The education programs at Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP and Curecanti NRA have received national acclaim. The program was identified as "an exemplary partnership" by the National Science Foundation, and has received regional and national recognition by the NPS.

Awards / Recognition

The Outreach Education Program at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area has received numerous awards and recognition at local, state, and national levels. In addition, the programs have received:

The National Park Service Freeman Tilden Award for "Outstanding Contributions to the Public Through Education."

The National Park Service Regional Garrison Gold Award for "Excellence in Education Programming."

"Exemplary Partnership" recognition by the National Science Foundation.

Did You Know?

Blue Mesa Reservoir

At 20 miles long and with 96 miles of shoreline, Blue Mesa Reservoir is the largest body of water in the state of Colorado.