Are you ready to get involved with the local community? We're ready to connect you with the right opportunity!

Below are some of the most current, up-and-coming volunteering opportunities in the Roaring Fork Valley. Follow the links to get started. Looking for other ways to volunteer? Check out our mentoring and ongoing volunteer opportunity pages.

Want to arrange a project for your department? Contact Matthew Hamilton. These are great opportunities to get to know your co-workers, get outside and give back locally.

JOIN YOUR CO-WORKERS FOR THESE ASPEN SKIING COMPANY ORGANIZED VOLUNTEER DAYS
  1. Aspen Skiing Company – Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteer Trail Projects: Tuesday, September 12 from 9 AM to 4 PM. Sign up for one or both days. Build/maintain a trail with in the mid/upper valley. These projects include a hike to the project site. Additional details will be provided closer to the project dates.
  2. Aspen Skiing Company – Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteer Hunter Creek Valley Weed Pull: Thursday, August 10 from 9 AM to 4 PM – look for more details closer to the project date. If you’ve ridden or hiked through the Hunter Creek Valley in late summer you’ll see a proliferation of thistle and other noxious weeds. We will head out with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers to eradicate some weeds before they go to seed.
  3. Independence Pass Highway Cleanup: Wednesday, October 4 - Plan on being available from 9 AM to 130 PM (noon if only participating in actual cleanup and not joining for lunch). Each year a group of ASC employees heads out to clean up a 4-mile stretch of Independence Pass. After we finish our cleanup work we’ll have pizza. Sign up ASAP as space is limited and this project is always popular. Details of meeting locations and a van pool for those who are interested will be sent out at a later date.
Register for any of these projects in advance by contacting Matthew Hamilton.

ROARING FORK OUTDOOR VOLUNTEERS
Summer 2017 projects – dates and project locations below. Learn more.

  • Saturday, July 8 | 8:30-5 pm: Prockter Open Space Wetland | Aspen | Family-Friendly
  • Saturday, July 15 | 8:30-5 pm: Hunter Creek Valley Weed Pull | Aspen | Family-Friendly
  • Tuesday Evenings, July 25-August 15 | 4pm-dusk (Show up any time after 4): The Crown Evening Projects | Near Carbondale
  • Long Weekend, August 18-20 | Sign up for one or more days: Capitol Lake Trail | South of Basalt | Backpack camping optional
  • Saturday & Sunday, September 9-10 | 8:30-5 pm: Hanging Lake/Spouting Rock Trail | Glenwood Springs
  • Saturday, September 30 | 8:30-5 pm: North of Colorow Trail | New Castle
  • Saturday, October 14 | 8:30-5 pm: Colorado River Trail | Rifle
THE BUDDY PROGRAM
The Buddy Program is looking for volunteers to assist with the Buddy 5 Mile Race on July 4th and the Bash for the Buddies on July 6th. Volunteer shifts available for the Buddy Race include course marshal, race registration and more. Volunteer shifts available for the Bash include bartenders, wait staff, decoration, set up and silent auction assistants. If you volunteer you will automatically be entered to win 2 tickets to the 2018 Bash for the Buddies! To volunteer please contact Joey Woltemath - 970-379-1091.

5 Mile Race available positions:

  • July 1st- Race Registration
  • July 2nd - Race Registration
  • July 3rd - Race Registration
  • July 4th - Set up, registration, refreshments, course marshals, venue break down at Rio Grande Park
Bash for the Buddies available positions:

  • July 5th - Event Set up at Merry Go Round ranch (McClain Flats)
  • July 6th - Event set up, bartenders, bar backs, decoration, wait-staff, and silent auction assistants, break down at Merry Go Round Ranch
  • July 7th - Event Break down at Merry Go Round Ranch
RESPONSE: TRAIN TO BECOME AN ADVOCATE IN JULY
Response works with victims of domestic violence. They are recruiting volunteer Advocates to support their helpline. Thirty hours of training are required by the State of Colorado to become an Advocate. Training consists of seven hours of online courses and twenty-three hours of in-person training. Ajob descriptionandadditional detail on the training curriculum including all session datesis available.

After completing training you are asked to take three to five shifts a month on the helpline, depending on your availability. There are nine shifts per week of twelve hours each - seven night shifts Monday through Sunday and two day shifts Saturdays and Sundays.

In 2017, Response Advocates contributed 1,296 hours helping 50 survivors. 110 calls were received on the helpline; 48 individuals have been assisted with safety planning and/or protection orders; 12 support-group sessions were conducted; 17 prevention, education, and awareness events were held; and 985 high-school and middle-school students in Aspen and Basalt have attended educational programs about bullying, teen-dating violence, cyber abuse, and characteristics of healthy relationships.

Contact Txell Pedragosa, Program Director, at 970-920-5357 for more information.

ASPEN SCIENCE CENTER
Aspen Science Center is looking for volunteers who have an interest in having fun with science and sharing that passion with others – kids and adults! We are currently planning for a variety of public events during the spring and summer and we need your help! Please take a look at the events listed here and choose one (or more!) that you would like to help with.

  • Physics Barbecues: June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9 from 5 to 7 pm at Aspen Center for Physics (note: July 26 will be at Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale). These free family BBQs offer a delicious picnic-style dinner along with science activities, demonstrations and games, and a brief lecture by visiting scientists. Volunteer needs: set-up, tear-down, staffing the activities, food service.
  • Science Street Fair: Sunday, August 6 from 10 am to 4 pm at Paepcke Park. It will be an all-day, non-stop program of science-themed interactive exhibits, experiments, games and performances designed to entertain and inspire. Volunteer needs: set-up, tear-down, staffing the activities during the Fair.
  • Solar Eclipse Day: Monday, August 21 from 9:30 am to 1 pm, location TBD. The public will gather with us to observe and celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event! There will be interactive displays and activities. Related to the eclipse and general astronomy topics. Volunteer needs: set-up, tear-down, staffing the activities.
Who would make a good volunteer? Anyone with a few hours of free time and enthusiasm for science! Volunteers do not need a science background, but should have an interest in learning (we will train you!) and conveying knowledge to event attendees of all ages. Above all, we need people who want to engage the public with fun science and who believe in the Aspen Science Center mission of advancing the public understanding of science through lifelong discovery, exploration, and education. Seniors, young professionals, college and high school students, and parents can all help! Pair up with a friend or meet new science enthusiasts while supporting Aspen Science Center.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact us at 970-236-2360 or info@aspensciencecenter.org.

CHALLENGE ASPEN

Challenge Aspen is looking for volunteers during the 2017 Summer season! Opportunities include week-long camps, local's days and special events. If you are interested in volunteering or would like additional information, please e-mail Sam Lovstad or visit challengeaspen.org/volunteer/.

***Space may be limited on camps and/or special events, and Challenge Aspen cannot guarantee that all volunteer interests will be fulfilled. Volunteers interacting with participants must complete and pass a $20 background check prior to taking part in programming.***

Descriptions and dates of volunteer opportunities are below:

Challenge Aspen Summer Camps

Volunteers are matched up with a participant as a buddy for the week to provide assistance, supervision, support and encouragement during camp activities. *Challenge Aspen prefers that volunteers can commit to the entirety of the camp for consistency purposes.

  • Outdoor Adventure Camp: June 19 - June 23; 9am - 5pm. Participants ages 10 to 25 years old with a cognitive disability. Participants will gain a sense of personal growth and self-empowerment by actively participating in fun, supervised and structured activities that focus on group recreation, life skills, communication and safety. Activities include rafting, swimming, equine therapy, ropes course climbing, fishing and overnight camping.
  • ChAMP Camp: July 3, 5, 6, 7; 9am - 5pm. The ChAMP Camp is a highly structured summer camp for outdoor adventurers with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Participants will build skills in sports, communication, daily living, and overall independence. Activities include rafting, swimming, equine therapy, ropes course climbing and fishing. *Although July 4th is not an official scheduled date for the ChAMP Camp, participants and volunteers are invited to take part in riding on the Challenge Aspen float in Aspen's annual 4th of July parade.
  • Music & Dance Camp: July 17 - July 21; 9am - 5pm. This week-long day camp provides artists of all ages with disabilities the opportunity to release their creative spirits and express themselves through dance, movement, singing and acting. Participants create and rehearse a full stage production with dialogue, songs, costumes and dance. Afternoon activities include swimming, whitewater rafting and a family barbecue. The camp culminates with a magical performance of the production for the local community.
  • Just for Teens & Twenties: August 7 - August 10; 9am - 5pm. This camp is specifically designed to provide participants in their teens or twenties the opportunity to explore outdoor adventure activities, with a focus on life skills and long-term goals. Activities include rafting, ropes course climbing, camping, fishing and equine therapy.
Challenge Aspen Summer Events

  • Local's Days at the Ranch: June 27th, July 25th, Aug 15th; 9am - 5pm. Challenge Aspen offers Summer programming specifically for locals of the Roaring Fork Valley at our Whispering Winds Ranch near Reudi Reservoir. Volunteers will be needed to assist Challenge Aspen staff and participants in activities such as ropes course climbing, archery, fishing and hiking.
  • Aspen Antiques and Fine Arts Fair: July 1st - July 9th. There are shifts needed to be filled from 10:00am - 2:00pm and 2:00pm - 6:00pm on each day from July 1st through July 9th.Challenge Aspen will be the recipient of all ticket sales for the annual Aspen Antiques and Fine Arts Fair this Summer. We are asking for volunteers to sell tickets and collect money at the door during the days of this event.
WILDERNESS WORKSHOP - HABITAT RESTORATION PROJECTS THROUGHOUTTHE SUMMER AND WILDFEST ON JULY 1ST
WILDFEST
Wilderness Workshop is thrilled to be back at Owl Farm in Woody Creek for our 4th annual Wildfest celebration on Saturday, July 1st. They are looking for volunteers to help keep things running smoothly. While your are volunteering you are also afforded the opportunity to enjoy some of the party. Along with a free ticket to the show, you will be fed and get a few tasty beverages. Volunteers are needed for the following jobs:

  • Site Build (pre-event, 6/29/17 or 6/30/17)
  • Parking
  • Site Breakdown (after event, 7/2/17)
Wildfest is a celebration of our public lands designed to bring outdoor enthusiasts of all interests and backgrounds together for a day of family-friendly fun. There is simply no way Wilderness Workshop can produce an event of this caliber that truly caters to the community without volunteers. To volunteer sign up here. For full event details visit www.wildernessworkshop.org/wildfest.

HABITAT RESTORATION PROJECTS
Wilderness Workshop’s Habitat Restoration Program conducts summer volunteer projects to restore ecosystems and spur community volunteerism on National Forest Lands. Several years ago we launched the Habitat Restoration Program as an engaging way for volunteers to roll up their sleeves, be part of our work, and give back to the wildlands and wildlife that are integral to our quality of life in the Roaring Fork Valley.

2017 projects:

  • Sun., June 25 Seven Star Barbed Wire Removal – The Forest Service recently removed a series of dams to restore a former high elevation wetland; we’ll car-camp in the nearby meadow and revegetate the area with native species.
  • Sat., July 15Hunter Creek Weed Pull – For the past two years we have partnered with the Forest service and several local groups to remove weeds from the Hunter Creek Valley. This project is part of the larger landscape scale Hunter Smuggler Cooperative Plan, an over 4,000-acre project to increase forest resiliency outside of Aspen. The weed pull was identified as a priority both because of the high amount of visitation this area gets but more importantly its proximity to a prescribed burn conducted in May of 2016. The projects two goals are to eliminate Canadian thistles from this popular recreation area and to remove a potential seed source for the bare ground created by the prescribed fire.
  • Fri. – Sun., Aug. 18-20Capitol Creek Trail Repair –In partnership with the F.S. and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, we will repair and re-route damaged, eroded and overgrown sections of the Capitol Creek Trail. Near the intersection of the ditch trail and the main Capitol Creek Trail several section are severely damaged and requires dedicated work to repair. This project will involve a two-night wilderness camp-out and will both enhance the visitor experience on a popular trail leading to one of Colorado’s famed 14,000ft peaks and prevent erosion and ecological impacts to the local environment.
  • Sat., Sept. 16Government Trail Barbed Wire Removal – For the second year in a row we’ll be removing abandoned, no longer necessary barbed wire from an elk calving area along the Government trail between the Buttermilk and Snowmass Ski Areas. Removing barb wire fencing from this location makes it much easier for animals to move through and reproduce. Since the area no long supports an active cattle allotment, the fencing there is no longer necessary and its continued presence reduces the value of the calving area and poses a hazard to recreationists.