National Forest Foundation

Volunteer Opportunities

2016 Volunteer Opportunities with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado

Oct 1 - Oct 2, 2016, Minturn CO

Cougar Ridge Trail Restoration

Due to the trail's popularity and natural wear and tear, portions of the Minturn Mile have suffered from erosion and other maintenance issues - namely, the Cougar Ridge section. Due to the deteriorating conditions, trail use has dropped steadily in recent years. Volunteers ages 14 and up will realign and construct the trail to safe and sustainable conditions by installing erosion-control and water diversion structures, as well as building new climbing turns and switchbacks to meander through aspen groves. Free meals and camping will be provided for all registered volunteers.

For more information or to register head to: http://www.voc.org/project/mike-obrien-memorial-project-cougar-ridge-trail-restoration-1

October 22-23, 2016, Canon City, CO

Ecology Park Trail Construction

Volunteers will assist with the new construction of approximately two miles of natural, sustainable surface trails for non-motorized use. This will entail doing finishing work on the trail, which was initially prepared by machine, along with light- to- heavy hand constructed sections as needed. The work will provide opportunities for volunteers of all skill levels and physical difficulty ranges. Camping and meals will be provided during scheduled work time.

For more information or to register head to: http://www.voc.org/project/ecology-park-trail-construction

Since 1984, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) has been motivating and enabling people to become active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources.

VOC works with conservation and land agencies and relies on thousands of people annually to provide a volunteer workforce for outdoor stewardship projects. These projects take place across Colorado – from city parks and open spaces, to grasslands and foothills, to alpine meadows and peaks.

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2016 Volunteer Opportunities with the Jefferson County Open Space Organization

-October 15: Fall Into Service, park to be determined

Register for each Trail Day individually at www.jeffcoopenspace.eventbrite.com. Volunteers who register will receive a confirmation, along with more information and instructions about where to meet.

Jeffco Open Space was founded as a land conservation organization in 1972. Our mission is to preserve open space and parkland, protect park and natural resources, and provide healthy, nature-based experiences. Funded with a one-half of one percent sales tax, our organization contributes to city and recreation district projects, has preserved more than 54,000 acres, and manages 28 regional parks and more 230 miles of trails in Jefferson County, Colorado.


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While the NFF has limited direct volunteer opportunities, we are happy to share information about your organization’s volunteer opportunities on our National Forests. If you have a volunteer opportunity you’d like to share, please contact Greg Peters.