As visitation increases and funding decreases,
caring for the outdoors requires a significant shift in all our efforts.
Hands-on volunteer experiences are one of the most powerful means of creating a caring and engaged public, and volunteer programs – when done right – have proven to be an effective, affordable, and immediately available workforce capable of tackling our most pressing outdoor stewardship needs.
This Toolkit was developed by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), Colorado’s largest and oldest outdoor stewardship organization. Since 1984, we have worked with land management agencies of all types to engage more than 120,000 volunteers in over 1,000 public land stewardship projects – an estimated labor value of nearly $24 million.
Throughout the site, you’ll find free guides, hands-on training, and customized consulting to help your group start, enhance, or expand your outdoor stewardship volunteer programs. By sharing VOC’s proven practices, it is our goal to enable others – in Colorado and elsewhere – to take on more of this critical boots-on-the-ground work. With more of us actively caring for the outdoors, we will ensure the next generation will find these outdoor places at least as good – if not better – than what we inherited.
Making volunteers feel valued increases the chance that they will return and stay engaged on a deeper level. The Making Volunteers Feel Valued Guide will help you provide a great volunteer experience from start to finish by providing strategies for recognizing volunteers, determining how those strategies can be applied, and finding ways for volunteers to become a regular part of your volunteer programs.
La Veta Trails (LVT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2015 to transform La Veta and the surrounding region into a healthier community through trails, active transportation, conservation, and organized outdoor experiences for people of all ages and abilities. The mission is fulfilled through recruiting and training volunteers, organizing trail work days, providing information about trails, forming collaborative partnerships, developing programs for youth and adults, and fundraising.