Give back to Colorado’s public lands as a volunteer
Care for Colorado’s public lands in picture-perfect Rocky Mountain National Park, which provides views that are a landscape painter’s dream. Experience Colorado’s backcountry by horseback as part of a ﬁve-day stewardship adventure in the Weminuche Wilderness. Discover and enjoy new outdoor places through various fun, family-oriented stewardship and camping opportunities. Protect ﬁsh and wildlife habitat by improving the visitor trail at Urad Lake, Colorado’s newest State Wildlife Area off Berthoud Pass, and help sustain popular trails and open spaces from the Front Range to the high country. These are just a few of the more than 50 volunteer stewardship opportunities offered by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) in 2016, now through October. Opportunities are available for thousands of volunteers of all ages, skill levels, and interests, in gorgeous locations across the state. A complete listing of opportunities to get involved can be found online at http://www.voc.org/volunteer.
“For those wanting to experience, enhance, or preserve Colorado’s natural spaces and resources, VOC offers a wide assortment of outdoor volunteer opportunities for people to make meaningful contributions in their communities,” said Ann Baker Easley, VOC’s executive director.
“Our projects are a wonderful way to enjoy Colorado’s great outdoors while caring for and protecting them; not to mention get fresh air and great exercise alongside good company.”
VOC’s volunteer opportunities offer something for everyone, including families and youth, corporate employees, young professionals, community groups and schools, outdoor recreationalists, and backcountry enthusiasts. To add to the volunteer experience, many projects include free camping and meals. No experience or training is ever needed to participate. Those interested in volunteering can browse and register for projects at http://www.voc.org/volunteer.
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