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.
A key component of successful youth volunteer programs is understanding that youth require a different approach when it comes to keeping them excited, safe, and productive. The Youth Engagement Guide offers tips for engaging youth of all ages in meaningful outdoor stewardship work.
“The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department conserves and manages over 50,000 acres of open space. Since its inception, the Natural Areas Department has engaged volunteers on every level, from education to stewardship to leadership. Volunteers help extend outreach as well as preserve and maintain natural spaces. We believe that volunteers are one of our most valuable resources.”