Colorado, a state defined by its mountains, parks and open spaces, knows firsthand how hard it is to maintain the quality of these spectacular places. Caring for the outdoors now and into the future requires a significant shift in all our efforts.
Hands-on volunteer experiences are one of the most powerful means of creating a caring public, but we are challenged today by a lack of organizations and people to help maintain our natural places.
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is developing and sharing proven and effective guides and practices to enable others – in Colorado and elsewhere – to take on more of this critical boots-on-the-ground work.
The resources available throughout this toolkit – free guides, hands-on trainings and customized consulting – can help you start, expand or enhance your outdoor stewardship volunteer programs.
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.
Adding youth and family programs helps build the next generation of outdoor stewards and gives families a meaningful way to volunteer together. The Youth & Family-Friendly Volunteering Guide is designed to help develop or enhance programs to effectively engage youth and their parents or guardians; general strategies for working with youth can be found in the Youth Engagement Guide.
Cal-Wood Education Center is a non-profit outdoor center that provides hands-on education to both youth and adults who otherwise may not experience the outdoors. Their mission is to inspire a greater appreciation for the natural world; to offer environmental education to those who would not otherwise experience it; and to provide unique educational opportunities in a special mountain setting. Cal-Wood’s programming provides outdoor and environmental education through residential science-based school programs, summer camps, weekend retreats, and family camp-outs.