Dave Van Manen

Dave Van Manen cookstoveDave Van Manen (Ranger Dave) is the Founder of the not-for-profit Mountain Park Environmental Center, which he began in 1998, and serves as it’s Executive Director.  His service to MPEC includes facilitating specific programs (Nature Toddlers, Full Moon Hikes) developing special projects and programs, writing about MPEC for various publications, public speaking, and leading the organization and its staff.


Ranger Dave has been working in the field of education, with both children and adults, for nearly forty years. His background includes being a nationally known children’s musician, performer, and recording artist with a specialty in environmental music and storytelling. He is the author of Plants of Pueblo Mountain Park, a field guide to the flora of the park and surrounding areas. Dave is a recipient of the Enos Mills Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education. Dave has been a resident of the town of Beulah for 35+ years, where he and his wife Helene raised their two children and now spend much time with their grandchildren. He is an avid hiker and can often be found hiking the trails of of Pueblo Mountain Park and beyond. Dave Van Manen Mountain Consulting


Through Mountain Consulting, Dave consults for not-for-profits and those working on special projects.

Upcoming Programs by Dave Van Manen

Oct 2018 Nature Retreat Leader Training

Also With Helene Van Manen Master Certified Coach

October 18 - 19, 2018

The Nature Retreat Leader Training will be offered in a condensed version for the in-person experience but will include distance learning to complete the certification as outlined below   The schedule and format for the program is as follows: Colorado In Person Field Training Thursday Oct 18 9am – 4:30 pm (includes lunch) Friday Oct […]