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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 COWORKERS FOR THESE ASPEN SKIING COMPANY-SPONSORED VOLUNTEER DAYS 1. 38th Annual Town of Snowmass Village Cleanup - Friday, May 18 at 9 AM (inclement weather date on Friday, May 25): Meet at the bus depot on Daly Lane below the Snowmass Mall. Gloves (if you don't bring your own) and garbage bags will be distributed and you will be assigned a cleanup area. Wear layers of clothes you don't mind getting dirty and comfortable closed-toe shoes. No need to sign up. Lunch provided at noon.
2. Aspen Skiing Company - Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteer Trail Projects: Monday - June 4, Monday - September 10, and Thursday - October 4 from 9 AM to 4 PM. Sign up for one or both days. Build/maintain a trail within the mid/upper valley. These projects include a hike to the project site. Additional details will be provided as the project dates approach.
3. Independence Pass Highway Cleanup: Tuesday, October 9 - Plan on being available from 9 AM to 1:30 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.
ASPEN CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES Join the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies on Thursday, April 19 at 3:30 PM to collect microtrash around Aspen. Meet at Outdoor Voices with work gloves. Community cleanup participants will each receive a free pair of leggings or shorts from Outdoor Voices at ACES' Earth Day event beginning at 5 PM - 100 Puppy Smith Street in Aspen. More info. What's microtrash, you may ask? Microtrash is made up of small pieces of plastic, glass, or other non-organic material that forms as larger trash breaks down. Examples of microtrash include tiny bits of food wrappers, bottle caps and broken bottles that can easily be swept into waterways or consumed by wildlife, especially fish and birds.
ROARING FORK CONSERVANCY Roaring Fork Conservancy hosts the 20th Annual Fryingpan Cleanup on Earth Day on Saturday, April 21 at 8:30 AM. Start your day off with a FREE BREAKFAST and help clean up one of the most beautiful stretches of river in the country! Volunteers of all ages are welcome to clean up a 1-mile section of the river. Breakfast and registration starts at 8:30 AM. No need to sign up in advance. Additional information, including how to dress and what to bring, can be found here. Prizes awarded for: Best of Trash, Most Toxic, Most Useful, Most Unusual Trash.
Roaring Fork Conservancy (RFC) is grateful for volunteers that help us carry out our mission to inspire people to explore, value and protect the Roaring Fork Watershed. RFC has volunteer opportunities during the late spring, summer and early fall. If you are interested in volunteering, please call (970) 927-1290.
WILDERNESS WORKSHOP The Wilderness Workshop is the conservation watchdog of nearly 3 million acres of public lands in western Colorado. Using science, the law and grassroots activism, WW works to keep the White River National Forest and nearby BLM lands more or less "as is" and, where possible, to restore wildness to this nationally important landscape. WW calls on volunteers to help with things like events, restoration projects and occasional mailings throughout the year.
Public Lands Day Celebration Hike and Happy HourWhen: Saturday, May 19th (Hike: 1 to 4 PM, Happy Hour: 4 to 6 PM) Where: Arbaney Kittle Trailhead, Capitol Creek Brewery, Bristlecone Mountain Sports Register for this event: Public Lands Hike + Happy Hour
Want to volunteer with Wilderness Workshop? Follow this link to sign up and indicate your volunteer availability and preference.
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) promotes stewardship of our public lands by engaging the community in volunteer trail and restoration projects. Their public projects are open to anyone and everyone looking to take care of our trails and wetlands!
Silt River Preserve Trail Project When: Saturday, May 5th (8:30 AM to 5 PM) Where: Silt Project Signup: Silt River Preserve Trail Project Lower Jen Trail Reroute Project When: Saturday, May 19th (Colorado Public Lands Day; 8:30 AM to 5 PM) Where: Prince Creek in Carbondale Project Signup: Lower Jen Trail Reroute Project
Mascotte Trail ProjectWhen: Saturday, June 2nd (National Trails Day; 8:30 AM to 5 PM) Where: Aspen to Smuggler Road Project Signup: Mascotte Trail Project
Linkins Lake/Lost Man TrailWhen: Saturday, July 21st (8:30 AM to 5 PM) Where: Independence Pass/East of Aspen Project Signup: Linkins Lake/Lost Man Trail
Red Hill Trail Project When: July 24th through August 22nd (Tuesday evenings, 4 PM to dusk) Where: Carbondale Project Signup: Red Hill Trail Project
Hay Park/Thomas Lakes Trail ProjectWhen: Backpacking optional: the weekend of August 17-19 (8:30 AM to 5 PM) Where: At the foot of Mt. Sopris/Carbondale Project Signup: Hay Park/Thomas Lakes Trail Project
Family-Friendly Crooked Creek Wetlands ProjectWhen: September 8th & 9th (car-camping optional; 8:30 AM to 5 PM) Where: Frying Pan Valley/East of Basalt Project Signup: Crooked Creek Wetlands Project
Hanging Lake/Spouting RockWhen: Saturday, September 22nd (8:30 AM to 5 PM) Where: Glenwood Canyon Project Signup: Hanging Lake Trail Project