Wild Rockies Field Institute


The Wild Rockies Field Institute fosters the next generation of leaders and environmental stewards through field-based education in the American West.


The Wild Rockies Field Institute offers academically rigorous, place-based field courses that develop engaged, informed citizens and strong leaders capable of addressing complex social and environmental issues.

WRFI Courses:

  • Broaden the nature of a liberal arts education through experiential learning;
  • Teach critical thinking;
  • Foster understanding of and respect for natural and human communities;
  • Cultivate a sense of place that encourages environmental responsibility.


The Wild Rockies Field Institute was founded on a strong set of values. The entire WRFI community – board members, staff, students, instructors and alumni – share a commitment to wilderness, education, responsibility, respect, and excellence. Together, these values define who we are and what we do.