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.
One of the best ways to build committed volunteers is to focus on existing volunteers and provide ways to deepen their engagement with your group. This can help your organization further its goals, utilize new skills, reduce resource strain, and more effectively engage the communities you serve. The Deepening Volunteer Engagement Guide is designed to help you develop an engagement strategy that will keep your best volunteers coming back.
“The Open Space and Trails division of Parks and Recreation is responsible for the management of 47 miles of trails and 2500 acres of open space lands within the City of Steamboat. Our seasonal crew works closely with local partners and volunteers to provide trail maintenance and construction work on our City public lands.”