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2019 Events
Events Name Event Type Day(s) Date(s)
Seed Bag Sewing I Project Friday Jan 11, 2019

Seed Bag Sewing II Project Friday Jan 25, 2019

Instructor Training Training Saturday Feb 02, 2019

Boulder Team Night Social Event Friday Feb 22, 2019

Fort Collins Team Night Social Event Saturday Feb 23, 2019

Wildlands University - Boulder Training Saturday - Sunday Mar 16, 2019 - Mar 17, 2019

Wildlands University - Boulder (Saturday Afternoon Only) Training Saturday Mar 16, 2019

Wildlands University - Boulder Project Saturday - Sunday Mar 16, 2019 - Mar 17, 2019

Forestry: Elk Ranch Fuel Reduction I Project Saturday Mar 23, 2019

Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge I Project Saturday Mar 23, 2019

Wildlands University - Fort Collins Training Saturday - Sunday Mar 30, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019

Wildlands University - Fort Collins (Saturday Afternoon Only) Training Saturday Mar 30, 2019

Wildlands University - Fort Collins Project Saturday - Sunday Mar 30, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019

Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge II Project Wednesday Apr 03, 2019

Willow Skills: Environmental Learning Center Training Saturday Apr 06, 2019

Forestry: Elk Ranch Fuel Reduction II Project Saturday - Sunday Apr 06, 2019 - Apr 07, 2019

Flood Recovery: Middle South Platte CU/CSU Project Friday Apr 12, 2019

Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge III Project Saturday Apr 13, 2019

Forestry: Elk Ranch Fuel Reduction III Project Saturday - Sunday Apr 13, 2019 - Apr 14, 2019

Restoration: Rocky Mountain National Park Willow Harvest Project Friday Apr 19, 2019

Restoration: Rocky Mountain National Park Willow Planting Project Saturday Apr 20, 2019

Family Project: Middle South Platte Project Saturday Apr 20, 2019

Flood Recovery: Middle South Platte IV Project Saturday Apr 27, 2019

Family Project: Sombrero Marsh Project Saturday Apr 27, 2019

Restoration: Denver Foothills - Daniels Park Project Saturday May 04, 2019

Wilderness First Aid & CPR Training Training Saturday - Sunday May 04, 2019 - May 05, 2019

Weed Warriors: Boulder Med Sage Removal I Project Wednesday May 08, 2019

Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry I Project Saturday - Sunday May 11, 2019 - May 12, 2019

Flood Recovery: Middle South Platte V Project Saturday May 11, 2019

Weed Warriors: Boulder Med Sage Removal II Project Saturday May 18, 2019

Weed Warriors: St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal I Project Wednesday May 22, 2019

Beginner Sawyer Training I Training Thursday - Saturday May 30, 2019 - Jun 01, 2019

Outreach: Poudre River Fest Outreach Event Saturday - Saturday Jun 01, 2019 - Jun 01, 2019

Trails: Beaver Brook - National Trails Day Project Saturday Jun 01, 2019

Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry II - National Trails Day Project Saturday - Sunday Jun 01, 2019 - Jun 02, 2019

Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry III Project Saturday - Sunday Jun 22, 2019 - Jun 23, 2019

Family Project: Lafayette Project Saturday Jun 29, 2019

Find Your 14er: Grays & Torreys I Project Saturday - Sunday Jul 13, 2019 - Jul 14, 2019

Alpine Restoration: South Park Road Removal - Sheep Creek Project Saturday - Sunday Jul 20, 2019 - Jul 21, 2019

Find Your 14er: Mt. Elbert Project Saturday - Sunday Jul 27, 2019 - Jul 28, 2019

Alpine Restoration: Summit Lake Project Saturday - Sunday Aug 03, 2019 - Aug 04, 2019

Find Your 14er: Grays & Torreys II Project Saturday - Sunday Aug 10, 2019 - Aug 11, 2019

Trails: South Park Trail & Boardwalk - Beaver Creek Project Friday - Sunday Aug 16, 2019 - Aug 18, 2019

Trails: Indian Peaks Backcountry I Project Saturday - Monday Aug 17, 2019 - Aug 19, 2019

Trails: Indian Peaks Backcountry II Project Friday - Sunday Aug 23, 2019 - Aug 25, 2019

Trails: Hippo I Project Saturday - Sunday Aug 24, 2019 - Aug 25, 2019

Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry IV Project Saturday - Sunday Aug 31, 2019 - Sep 01, 2019

Habitat Restoration: Gunnison Sage Grouse Project Wednesday - Saturday Sep 04, 2019 - Sep 07, 2019

Trails: Indian Peaks Backcountry III Project Saturday - Sunday Sep 07, 2019 - Sep 08, 2019

Beginner Sawyer Training II Training Thursday - Sunday Sep 12, 2019 - Sep 15, 2019

Trails: Mount Margaret Molly Lake I Project Saturday Sep 14, 2019

Trails: Hippo II Project Saturday - Sunday Sep 21, 2019 - Sep 22, 2019

Weed Warriors: St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal II Project Wednesday Oct 09, 2019

Tool Fest: Fort Collins Project Saturday Oct 26, 2019

Tool Fest: Boulder Project Saturday Nov 02, 2019

Seed Bag Sewing I

COMPLETED

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 12, with adult supervision * (more info)
Date(s):
Friday Jan 11, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 5
WRV is collaborating with Boulder County Parks and Open Space to bring our sewing tools and skills together to make a new group of seed collection bags! Many of the bags will stay with Boulder County, including new, smaller bags for KIDS! Others will live up in Fort Collins to support their growing network of seed collectors.

This project is 9am-3pm on January 11th, the exact location and more details will be provided to those who register. If we don't finish the work on the 11th, we may invite you to join us on the 25th for more sewing.

In the comments section please note whether you have sewing experience, and whether you can bring a sewing machine. Neither is required, but would be helpful.

Thanks for your continued support of the Native Seed Program, even in the dreary winter months!


*Children under 18 must be accompanied by an authorized adult whose primary responsibility is their supervision.


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Seed Bag Sewing II

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 12, with adult supervision * (more info)
Date(s):
Friday Jan 25, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 12
WRV is collaborating with Boulder County Parks and Open Space to bring our sewing tools and skills together to make a new group of seed collection bags! Many of the bags will stay with Boulder County, including new, smaller bags for KIDS! Others will live up in Fort Collins to support their growing network of seed collectors.

This project is 9am-3pm on January 25th, the exact location and more details will be provided to those who register. Work will include measuring and cutting fabric, pinning seams in place, and sewing bags together.

In the comments section please note whether you have sewing experience, and whether you can bring a sewing machine. Neither is required, but would be helpful.

Thanks for your continued support of the Native Seed Program, even in the dreary winter months!


*Children under 18 must be accompanied by an authorized adult whose primary responsibility is their supervision.


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Instructor Training

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Saturday Feb 02, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 10
Do you love to lead? Would you love to help impart your knowledge to others and help grow the WRV Leadership community?

Current leaders and others with relevant background experience are encouraged to become a WRV Training Instructor!

Leaders are what make WRV projects amazing, but it's the instructors who lead our trainings are the keys to inspiring, motivating, and preparing those amazing leaders.
Master level trainers will lead this course. If you want to help us build the community of WRV leaders, now is your chance!

Note: This training will help prepare you to teach WRV topics that are applicable for all leader roles. Your technical background from projects will determine your ability to lead technical sections on future trainings. All leader roles are encouraged to participate!

This course is being offered for free to those who are able to instruct at one or more of WRV's trainings in 2019. Training weekends will be March 16/17 (Boulder) and March 30/31 (Fort Collins).

REQUIREMENTS: A minimum of one project completed as a WRV Leader is required unless otherwise discussed with WRV staff.

TRAINING FEE
Regular Fee: $100
Discounted Fee: $0 (if you can commit to instructing at one of WRV's CL trainings later in the year. Please call or email Rachel at 303 543 1411 ext. 109 or rachel@wlrv.org to discuss.

Scholarships are available to WRV volunteers on an individual basis. Call Rachel for more information. 303-543-1411 x 109

DISCOUNTS and CANCELLATION POLICY.


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Boulder Team Night

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Full Day
Date(s):
Friday Feb 22, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 80
Calling all WRV Leaders!

Join us to launch the 2019 project season with a night to remember. Catch up with old friends over great food and get a sneak peak of the project season. AS always, we will invite leaders to sign up for leader roles throughout the coming season.

This year Boulder Team Night will again be held at St John's Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine St. We encourage you to bring new folks who you think would make a great leader. Team night is a great evening for new leaders to register for spring training and to learn one-on-one with you about the leadership program at WRV.

INTEREST IN BECOMING A LEADER?
If you've not been a leader yet, or never attended Team Night before, this is a great way to get to know other leaders and get involved on a more in-depth level with WRV. You'll have a chance to talk with others about training to be a leader in many roles, and what their personal experiences have been as leaders on WRV projects.


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Fort Collins Team Night

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 12 (more info)
Date(s):
Saturday Feb 23, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Calling all WRV Leaders!

It's been a long, cold, dark winter...and I don't know about you, but the WRV staff sure do miss sun filled days digging in the dirt with our wonderful leadership community.

Thankfully, it's time for TEAM NIGHT 2019 and we can't wait to kick off the season with our leaders with a night of project previews, catching up with friends, food and signing up for leader roles on projects.

This year Fort Collins Team Night will be returning to Greyrock Commons in north Fort Collins. Event will be held from 5:30-8:00pm

We'll cover all the major WRV projects scheduled statewide, giving you the chance to sign up for volunteer leadership opportunities for the 2019 season. New leaders are invited to learn about leader positions and find out how to get involved this season. Current leaders are encouraged to bring someone they feel would be a great potential new leader for the WRV team.

INTEREST IN BECOMING A LEADER?
If you've not been a leader yet, or never attended Team Night before, this is a great way to get to know other leaders and get involved on a more in-depth level with WRV. You'll have a chance to talk with others about training to be a leader in many roles, and what their personal experiences have been as leaders on WRV projects. Plus, we will have great food!


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Training
Wildlands University - Boulder

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Xcel Energy
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Saturday Mar 16, 2019 - Sunday Mar 17, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Interested in taking the next step by becoming a leader on WRV projects? New for 2019, new and existing WRV leaders will come together for two fun and informative weekends to learn leadership and technical skills and build our growing leader community.

Trainees will choose one of the following roles to focus on but will have the chance to hone their skills alongside other roles and practice as a team. Both current and future leaders can also participate in additional skills sessions like Botany, Working with Youth, and Inclusiveness at WRV.

Crew Leadership in Ecological Restoration
Crew Leadership in Trails
Weed Warrior (Boulder training only)
Seed Collection (Boulder training only)
Project Leaders
Tool Managers
Technical Advisors
Cooks

In your welcome email, you'll be asked to identify which of these roles you're registering for and which optional sessions you'd like to attend.

TRAINING FEE
Regular Fee: $110 (covers lunch both days and all training materials)
Discounted Fee: $40 (if you are a WRV member, have volunteered twice, or can commit to leading on two projects in 2019).

SCHEDULE

DISCOUNTS and CANCELLATION POLICY

Please reach out to Rachel@wlrv.org or 303.543.1411 x109 with questions.


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Wildlands University - Boulder (Saturday Afternoon Only)

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Afternoon    ●    Minimum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Xcel Energy
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Saturday Mar 16, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 15
This option is only available to existing WRV leaders.

Ready to take your leadership game to the next level? Our new Wildlands University has new opportunities to build your leader skills.

Join us in the afternoon on Saturday, March 16th for sessions on Taking your Leadership to the Next Level, Inclusiveness at WRV, intro to our new Technical Library, and more. You'll also have a chance to share your experiences with new leaders.

In your welcome email, you'll be asked to identify which sessions you'd like to attend.

TRAINING FEE
Fee: $15 (to cover lunch and materials).

SCHEDULE

DISCOUNTS and CANCELLATION POLICY

Please reach out to Rachel@wlrv.org or 303.543.1411 x109 with questions.


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Wildlands University - Boulder

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Xcel Energy
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Saturday Mar 16, 2019 - Sunday Mar 17, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 15
Interested in taking the next step by becoming a leader on WRV projects? New for 2019, new and existing WRV leaders will come together for two fun and informative weekends to learn leadership and technical skills and build our growing leader community.

Trainees will choose one of the following roles to focus on but will have the chance to hone their skills alongside other roles and practice as a team. Both current and future leaders can also participate in additional skills sessions like Botany, Working with Youth, and Inclusiveness at WRV.

Crew Leadership in Ecological Restoration
Crew Leadership in Trails
Weed Warrior (Boulder training only)
Seed Collection (Boulder training only)
Project Leaders
Tool Managers
Technical Advisors
Cooks

In your welcome email, you'll be asked to identify which of these roles you're registering for and which optional sessions you'd like to attend.

TRAINING FEE
Regular Fee: $110 (covers lunch both days and all training materials)
Discounted Fee: $40 (if you are a WRV member, have volunteered twice, or can commit to leading on two projects in 2019).

SCHEDULE

DISCOUNTS and CANCELLATION POLICY

Please reach out to Rachel@wlrv.org or 303.543.1411 x109 with questions.


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Forestry: Elk Ranch Fuel Reduction I

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Big Thompson Conservation District
Date(s):
Saturday Mar 23, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 15
Work will be occurring on privately owned land south of Estes Park, in the Little Valley region. It's on one of Colorado's original homesteads called Elk Ranch.

This is part of a larger Forest Management plan that ties into a vision of healthy forests and watersheds for the entire surrounding area, irrespective of property lines and ownership. The Arapahoe Roosevelt National Forest, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Big Thompson Conservation District are all partnering with WRV to make this happen.

By performing a Ponderosa Pine restoration treatment, we'll be improving water quality from the Little Thompson all the way to the Platte river and beyond. We'll also be tying into existing fuels-reduction treatments throughout the region, reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires in Estes Park and surrounding areas.

Our first project will be for sawyers, only. We need to make some work for our swampers in coming weeks. If you are a certified sawyer, please contact William Vieth at william@wlrv.org


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Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge I

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Date(s):
Saturday Mar 23, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 40
9am-4pm approx

Get ready to weed! Our first Spurge Purge of the year! The plan is a coordinated assault on Myrtle Spurge in the foothills of Boulder, CO.

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed, aggressive and toxic invasive plant in Colorado. Our task is to prevent further spread and eradicate it at the source wherever found! WRV has established a dynamic regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites across the front range. That's where you come in! Join us on one or more of these dates to dig up this weed before it takes over our beloved state.

Become a Weed Warrior, join the movement!


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Training
Wildlands University - Fort Collins

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Xcel Energy
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Saturday Mar 30, 2019 - Sunday Mar 31, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 40
Interested in taking the next step by becoming a leader on WRV projects? New for 2019, new and existing WRV leaders will come together for two fun and informative weekends to learn leadership and technical skills and build our growing leader community.

Trainees will choose one of the following roles to focus on but will have the chance to hone their skills alongside other roles and practice as a team. Both current and future leaders can also participate in additional skills sessions like Technical Resource Library, Working with Youth, and Inclusiveness at WRV.

Crew Leadership in Ecological Restoration
Crew Leadership in Trails
Project Leaders
Tool Managers
Technical Advisors
Cooks

In your welcome email, you'll be asked to identify which of these roles you're registering for and which optional sessions you'd like to attend.

TRAINING FEE
Regular Fee: $110 (covers lunch both days and all training materials)
Discounted Fee: $40 (if you are a WRV member, have volunteered twice, or can commit to leading on two projects in 2019).

SCHEDULE

DISCOUNTS and CANCELLATION POLICY

Please reach out to Rachel@wlrv.org or 303.543.1411 x109 with questions.


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Training
Wildlands University - Fort Collins (Saturday Afternoon Only)

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Afternoon    ●    Minimum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Xcel Energy
Date(s):
Saturday Mar 30, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 15
This option is only available to existing WRV leaders.

Ready to take your leadership game to the next level? Our new Wildlands University has new opportunities to build your leader skills.

Join us in the afternoon on Saturday, March 30th for sessions on Taking your Leadership to the Next Level, Inclusiveness at WRV, intro to our new Technical Library, and more. You'll also have a chance to share your experiences with new leaders.

In your welcome email, you'll be asked to identify which sessions you'd like to attend.

TRAINING FEE
Fee: $15 (to cover lunch and materials).

SCHEDULE

DISCOUNTS and CANCELLATION POLICY

Please reach out to Rachel@wlrv.org or 303.543.1411 x109 with questions.


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Wildlands University - Fort Collins

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Xcel Energy
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Saturday Mar 30, 2019 - Sunday Mar 31, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 15
Interested in taking the next step by becoming a leader on WRV projects? New for 2019, new and existing WRV leaders will come together for two fun and informative weekends to learn leadership and technical skills and build our growing leader community.

Trainees will choose one of the following roles to focus on but will have the chance to hone their skills alongside other roles and practice as a team. Both current and future leaders can also participate in additional skills sessions like Technical Resource Library, Working with Youth, and Inclusiveness at WRV.

Crew Leadership in Ecological Restoration
Crew Leadership in Trails
Project Leaders
Tool Managers
Technical Advisors
Cooks

In your welcome email, you'll be asked to identify which of these roles you're registering for and which optional sessions you'd like to attend.

TRAINING FEE
Regular Fee: $110 (covers lunch both days and all training materials)
Discounted Fee: $40 (if you are a WRV member, have volunteered twice, or can commit to leading on two projects in 2019).

SCHEDULE

DISCOUNTS and CANCELLATION POLICY

Please reach out to Rachel@wlrv.org or 303.543.1411 x109 with questions.


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Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge II

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Evening    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Date(s):
Wednesday Apr 03, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
5pm-8pm approx

Get ready to weed! Second of Four myrtle purging events, this is our first evening purge fest. The plan is a coordinated assault on Myrtle Spurge in the foothills of Boulder, CO.

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed, aggressive and toxic invasive plant in Colorado. Our task is to prevent further spread and eradicate it at the source wherever found! WRV has established a dynamic regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites across the front range. That's where you come in! Join us on one or more of these dates to dig up this weed before it takes over our beloved state.

Become a Weed Warrior, join the movement!


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Willow Skills: Environmental Learning Center

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 10 (more info)
Sponsors
EPA's Environmental Education Division
Date(s):
Saturday Apr 06, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 10
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers is teaming up with the CSU Environmental Learning Center's youth educators and members of the community to learn the techniques used by WRV to harvest, transplant and restore riparian areas using native willow species.

A section of land on the ELC property which borders the Poudre River was badly eroded during the 2013 floods and drastically changed the hydrology of the area. Large portions of mature cottonwood forests and riparian areas are at risk of being damaged by the new river flows. WRV and the ELC will be working together over the years to repair this area, along with members of the community, youth attending day camps at the project site as well as local school groups.

Training the dedicated staff at the ELC to properly restore these areas is the first step in restoring this precious resource. Youth leaders from Poudre High School will join the training and will use those skills on April 23rd and 25th to plant willows with local kindergarten students on the property. Staff of the ELC, along with WRV, will work later in the summer with local middle school aged youth to continue restoring the banks.

Existing WRV leaders are welcome to join this willow skills training and should contact Annemarieatwlrv.org (Fort Collins Office) to register.


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Forestry: Elk Ranch Fuel Reduction II

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Big Thompson Conservation District
Date(s):
Saturday Apr 06, 2019 - Sunday Apr 07, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Join us for some forestry work and camping in a truly breathtaking valley surrounded by forest and mountains! This project will occur over two days, with optional camping on Saturday night. Attend for either or both days. All volunteers are welcome, sawyers and non-sawyers alike!

Work will be occurring on privately owned land south of Estes Park, in the Little Valley region. It's on one of Colorado's original homesteads called Elk Ranch.

This is part of a larger Forest Management plan that ties into a vision of healthy forests and watersheds for the entire surrounding area, irrespective of property lines and ownership. The Arapahoe Roosevelt National Forest, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Big Thompson Conservation District are all partnering with WRV to make this happen.

By performing a Ponderosa Pine restoration treatment, we'll be improving water quality from the Little Thompson all the way to the Platte river and beyond. We'll also be tying into existing fuels-reduction treatments throughout the region, reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires in Estes Park and surrounding areas.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to run a chainsaw and are currently certified, please contact William Vieth at william@wlrv.org


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Flood Recovery: Middle South Platte CU/CSU

SCHEDULED
PRIVATE EVENT

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Middle South Platte River Alliance
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
Date(s):
Friday Apr 12, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 50
CU and CSU are teaming up to send a large group of their Master's students for a volunteer day. Registration for this event is open only to students of these programs, as well as our experienced WRV crew leaders to help guide them!

This event will take place along the S. Platte River near the town of Milliken (just east of Loveland and Longmont). We'll be doing a bit of classic wetland and stream restoration in a beautiful, prairie location.


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Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge III

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Date(s):
Saturday Apr 13, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 40
9am-4pm approx

Get ready to weed! Third of Four myrtle purging events, this is our final full day purge fest. The plan is a coordinated assault on Myrtle Spurge in the foothills of Boulder, CO.

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed, aggressive and toxic invasive plant in Colorado. Our task is to prevent further spread and eradicate it at the source wherever found! WRV has established a dynamic regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites across the front range. That's where you come in! Join us on one or more of these dates to dig up this weed before it takes over our beloved state.

Become a Weed Warrior, join the movement!


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Forestry: Elk Ranch Fuel Reduction III

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Big Thompson Conservation District
Date(s):
Saturday Apr 13, 2019 - Sunday Apr 14, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Join us for some forestry work and camping in a truly breathtaking valley surrounded by forest and mountains! This project will occur over two days, with optional camping on Saturday night. Attend for either or both days. All volunteers are welcome, sawyers and non-sawyers alike!

Work will be occurring on privately owned land south of Estes Park, in the Little Valley region. It's on one of Colorado's original homesteads called Elk Ranch.

This is part of a larger Forest Management plan that ties into a vision of healthy forests and watersheds for the entire surrounding area, irrespective of property lines and ownership. The Arapahoe Roosevelt National Forest, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Big Thompson Conservation District are all partnering with WRV to make this happen.

By performing a Ponderosa Pine restoration treatment, we'll be improving water quality from the Little Thompson all the way to the Platte river and beyond. We'll also be tying into existing fuels-reduction treatments throughout the region, reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires in Estes Park and surrounding areas.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to run a chainsaw and are currently certified, please contact William Vieth at william@wlrv.org


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Restoration: Rocky Mountain National Park Willow Harvest

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 16 Accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Audubon Rockies
Rocky Mountain National Park
Terra Foundation
Date(s):
Friday Apr 19, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 35
Do you love Moraine Park? Watching elk grazing in the meadow or fishing the willow flats of the park's headwater streams? Rocky Mountain National Park has given so much to the community of Northern Colorado and it's time to give back! Overbrowsing by elk and pressure from visitors have taken their toll on this uniquely western destination. But with a little help from volunteers, Rocky Mountain National Park can reverse these trends and help the natural habitat of many animals thrive! Join us as we have the rare opportunity to do restoration within the park boundaries, and help harvest willows that volunteers will plant the next day!


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Restoration: Rocky Mountain National Park Willow Planting

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 14 With adult (more info)
Sponsors
Audubon Rockies
Rocky Mountain National Park
Terra Foundation
Date(s):
Saturday Apr 20, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Do you love Moraine Park? Watching elk grazing in the meadow or fishing the willow flats of the park's headwater streams? Rocky Mountain National Park has given so much to the community of Northern Colorado and it's time to give back! Overbrowsing by elk and pressure from visitors have taken their toll on this uniquely western destination. But with a little help from volunteers, Rocky Mountain National Park can reverse these trends and help the natural habitat of many animals thrive! During this project, we will be planting willow stakes that volunteers harvested the day before in areas of Moraine Park that need it most.


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Family Project: Middle South Platte

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 5 (more info)
Sponsors
Xcel Energy
EPA's Environmental Education Division
Middle South Platte River Alliance
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
Date(s):
Saturday Apr 20, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 60
This event will take place along the S. Platte River near the town of Milliken (just east of Loveland and Longmont). Participants will spend a fun day planting and helping ensure that the S. Platte is sustainable for years to come, followed by lunch and midday s'mores around the fire circle. We'll also have some activities available for younger participants (age 5 and up).

This project is being organized by WRV Youth Leaders. Please come out in support of their hard work and help improve our local watershed!


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Flood Recovery: Middle South Platte IV

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Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Middle South Platte River Alliance
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
Date(s):
Saturday Apr 27, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 36
Come enjoy a day of restoration on the plains in a project area that we will be revisiting in the 2019 season! This event will take place along the S. Platte River near the town of Milliken (just east of Loveland and Longmont). We'll be doing a bit of classic wetland and stream restoration in a beautiful, prairie location. This project is a fantastic introduction to restoration, or can provide a fun bit of stream work and planting for the restoration veteran!


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Family Project: Sombrero Marsh

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Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Minimum Age: 5 (more info)
Sponsors
Thorne Nature Experience
Blue Federal Credit Union
Date(s):
Saturday Apr 27, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Sombrero Marsh is a critical wetland habitat on Boulder County land that is used by Thorne Nature Experience for educational programs. In partnership with Thorne, this invasive weed management project is a great opportunity for new and returning volunteers alike, as well as those with younger children.

Older children (about age 8 and up) can work alongside parents, while we will also have educators from Thorne available to provide environmental education activities for youth age 5-10, allowing parents with younger children who usually wouldn't be able to attend to still participate in the event.

This is a morning event (9:30-1pm) and we'll have breakfast and lunch available for volunteers to enjoy!


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Restoration: Denver Foothills - Daniels Park

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Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Saturday May 04, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Join us at one of Denver Mountain Parks most iconic parks, just south of Denver, with conveniently located panoramic views of the mountains along the Front Range. Despite the fantastic natural beauty, the area is being heavily damaged by the sheer number of people who visit the area every day. The mess of unsanctioned trails that braids across the landscape is the root cause of this damage. Volunteers will reverse this trend by closing and restoring damaged areas.

The project may include revegetation, rock work to stabilize steep eroding slopes, or fencing to keep visitors on the trails. It is suitable for beginners and experienced volunteers alike. We will have trained crew leaders to make sure you have a great project and learn something new! This project is being completed in conjunction with new sustainable trails and amenities being added to the park.


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Wilderness First Aid & CPR Training

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Easy    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Xcel Energy
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Saturday May 04, 2019 - Sunday May 05, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 15
Most of us know that we need to bring a first aid kit into the outdoors to work and play, but how many of us really know how to use it or know if we are carrying the right supplies in the first place? Wilderness First Aid and CPR are an important set of skills that every outdoor enthusiast should have. WRV is proud to partner with instructor Phil Rowe to host this training opportunity.

Learn how to asses emergencies and patient incidents in a calm and systematic way so that you can not only treat, but avoid life-threatening emergencies in the backcountry. This class will cover basic first aid and specific techniques essential to know in wilderness settings in a mixture of lecture and hands-on activities. Students will practice during a series of scenarios designed to cover the most common real-life situations.

Please contact Rachel@wlrv.org or 303.543.1411 x109 with any questions about this event:

- Instructor is Phil Rowe - certified Advanced EMT/Wilderness EMT and a WRV volunteer!
- Certification is through the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) and is valid for 2 years
- WFA Training will be from 8-5, Saturday and Sunday with an hour break for lunch each day. Attendance for the entire weekend is required for certification.
- CPR is OPTIONAL from 6-9pm on Saturday evening, please note in your registration if you would like to participate in the CPR portion or not.
- Fee of $130 ($100 for members and WRV leaders) includes all instructional course books, supplies and certification through ECSI. For those not participating in CPR, $10 will be removed from your fees. All students will be invoiced prior to the event.


PLEASE NOTE: Wilderness is considered any location more than an hour away from definitive care (meaning a hospital or medical clinic.) This certification does NOT qualify you to be a medic on WRV projects, but does train you to care for yourself and your companions in wilderness settings. Only certified EMT's can serve as a medic at volunteer events and projects.

If a minimum class size is not reached, all participants will be refunded full program fees. Thank you.

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Weed Warriors: Boulder Med Sage Removal I

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City of Boulder

Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
Date(s):
Wednesday May 08, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 35
Building on more than a decade of profoundly successful progress, WRV continues the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean Sage from the Boulder area. Volunteers will dig up plants on Boulder OSMP Properties just north of Boulder.

Left unchecked, this Colorado A-listed weed aggressively invades grasslands, reduces native plant populations, and degrades wildlife habitat and the overall health of prairie ecosystems. With sustained action, state wide eradication is possible, which would protect prairie ecosystems and wildlife habitat. Indirectly, this work will help protect thousands of acres of Colorado grassland habitats.


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Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry I

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Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Odell Brewing Company
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
REI - National Office
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday May 11, 2019 - Sunday May 12, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 30
The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Cache La Poudre downstream.

We've constructed almost 5 miles of trail leaving about 1/2 mile in the middle and some more technically difficult to finish this year. To accomplish this we'll be hiking or biking in Friday evening to our backcountry basecamp and staying closer to the work areas for the weekend. We have some gear to lend if needed.

WRV is very pleased to work collaboration with the USFS, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.


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Flood Recovery: Middle South Platte V

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Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Middle South Platte River Alliance
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
Date(s):
Saturday May 11, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 36
Come enjoy a day of restoration on the plains in a project area that we will be revisiting in the 2019 season! This event will take place along the S. Platte River near the town of Milliken (just east of Loveland and Longmont). We'll be doing a bit of classic wetland and stream restoration in a beautiful, prairie location. This project is a fantastic introduction to restoration, or can provide a fun bit of stream work and planting for the restoration veteran!


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Weed Warriors: Boulder Med Sage Removal II

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Boulder County

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
Date(s):
Saturday May 18, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Building on more than a decade of profoundly successful progress, WRV continues the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean Sage from the Boulder area. Volunteers will dig up plants on BCPOS Properties just north of Boulder.

Left unchecked, this Colorado A-listed weed aggressively invades grasslands, reduces native plant populations, and degrades wildlife habitat and the overall health of prairie ecosystems. With sustained action, state wide eradication is possible, which would protect prairie ecosystems and wildlife habitat. Indirectly, this work will help protect thousands of acres of Colorado grassland habitats.


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Weed Warriors: St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal I

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Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 10 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Longmont
Audubon Rockies
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
Date(s):
Wednesday May 22, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Enjoy panoramic views of the Front Range and heal a local area deeply impacted by the 2013 flood! In the aftermath of the flood, millions of tamarisk seedlings germinated, which pose a major threat to the watershed should they mature. Volunteers will continue work from the past few years, removing tamarisk through hand pulling, weed wrenching, and cut & stump treatment with herbicide.

Notes: Our project is located on St Vrain Creek, just east of the Boulder/Weld County line, where the Sept 2013 flood breached several lakes and carved a new channel.
Tamarisk (aka Salt Cedar) has devastated watersheds throughout the west, costing billions of dollars in lost habitat, lost water, and lost electricity.


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Beginner Sawyer Training I

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Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
State Farm Insurance
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW)
Colorado Department of Natural Resources (CDNR)
Xcel Energy
Date(s):
Thursday May 30, 2019 - Saturday Jun 01, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 12
Trained sawyers play an important role in restoration and trail projects. We use them to remove invasive species, thin dense stands for forest health, close trails and roads, provide building materials for new trails and clear fallen trees and debris from existing trails.

WRV is partnering with The Nature Conservancy to provide this beginner chainsaw training course (S-212). Training will be facilitated by top notch instructors from around the state. Upon successful completion of course and evaluation, you will receive an S-212 certificate of completion. This is a valuable certification to have for careers in Natural Resources or if you just want to learn a new practical skill in a safe environment.

You get all of this at a GREATLY discounted upfront price- normally $450-$600/student, only $225 for WRV volunteers! Upon completion of 2 forestry projects, we will reimburse you the full amount.

Students and return volunteers may be eligible for a scholarship to cover the upfront cost. Contact william@wlrv.org for details.

Training consists of 3 mandatory days of classwork and fieldwork.
* Thursday 9am - 5pm Classroom instruction in Fort Collins
* Friday 9am - 5pm Classroom instruction in Fort Collins
* Saturday 9am - 5pm Full-day hands-on training at a northern location to be determined.
ALL THREE DAYS WILL BE REQUIRED, no exceptions.

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Outreach: Poudre River Fest

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Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 01, 2019 - Saturday Jun 01, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 6
The Poudre River Fest brings awareness to local educational and restoration efforts which impact the Cache La Poudre Wild and Scenic River and it's Watershed. Experience informative workshops, vendor booths, learn about local restoration efforts and how you can get involved. Enjoy music from Colorado bands, local food trucks and beer from New Belgium Brewery throughout the day.

Outreach Ambassadors are wanted to staff the WRV booth for 2 hour shifts throughout the day, as well as helping with setup and breakdown of the booth. When registering, please note if you have any time constraints or if you are free to volunteer for any 2 hour shift throughout the day. (Shift times will be updated in spring 2019)

Visit poudreriverfest.org for more information.


Planning Partners include: Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, Poudre Heritage Alliance/Trust and National Association of Interpretation



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Trails: Beaver Brook - National Trails Day

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Come celebrate National Trails Day!

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 01, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 60
Come celebrate National Trails Day at this well-loved front range trail! The historic and very popular Beaver Brook Trail begins just north of Genesee and winds northeast to Lookout Mountain, near Golden. Volunteers will be addressing erosion problems on the trail by adding water bars and steps. Volunteers will be closing braided trails and helping to define the trail tread to reduce future erosion. Maintenance of the trail tread will help ensure proper drainage and function of this popular trail.

While its location is conveniently located near the Denver-metro area, the trail offers hikers a remote backcountry feel. In fact, this year's project site requires a three mile hike in!


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Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry II - National Trails Day

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Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Odell Brewing Company
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
REI - National Office
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 01, 2019 - Sunday Jun 02, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Spend National Trails Day on a classic WRV trail project! The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Cache La Poudre downstream.

We've constructed almost 5 miles of trail leaving about 1/2 mile in the middle and some more technically difficult to finish this year. To accomplish this some of the crews will be hiking or biking in Friday evening to our back country basecamp and staying closer to the work areas for the weekend. We have some gear to lend if needed.

WRV is very pleased to work collaboration with the USFS, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.


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Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry III

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Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Odell Brewing Company
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
REI - National Office
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 22, 2019 - Sunday Jun 23, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 30
The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Cache La Poudre downstream.

We've constructed almost 5 miles of trail leaving about 1/2 mile in the middle and some more technically difficult to finish this year. To accomplish this we'll be hiking or biking in Friday evening to our back country basecamp and staying closer to the work areas for the weekend. We have some gear to lend if needed.

WRV is very pleased to work collaboration with the USFS, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.


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Family Project: Lafayette

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Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 12 (more info)
Sponsors
Xcel Energy
EPA's Environmental Education Division
AEC Trust
Great Outdoors Colorado - GOCO
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 29, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 80
Join us for a fun morning helping out the Lafayette community. Final project details are still in the works, but volunteers will likely be planting pollinator species along the new Sanchez Nature Play Area. We'll also have fun, educational activities for younger volunteers to learn about local ecology and help out with the work.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and we will have bilingual Crew Leaders available. This project is part of the Nature Kids/Jovenes de la Naturaleza Initiative. For more information, contact Rachel@wlrv.org. We hope to see you there!


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Find Your 14er: Grays & Torreys I

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
USFS - Pike and San Isabel NF - Leadville RD
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 13, 2019 - Sunday Jul 14, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Colorado's magnificent 14ers attract heavy use. Grays and Torreys Peak is too popular! Because usage well exceeds the capacity of the current trail, the primary summit route has been degraded to the point where visitors walk off trail and destroy the sensitive alpine. This project will restore and maintain the ecological and recreational value of the extremely high use route leading up. Aside from stunning views and great company you can expect to have some fun building/closing social trails, creating rock check dams, constructing plank retaining walls, adding soil fill, transplanting local vegetation, and maybe even doing a little alpine seeding.


Note: These alpine projects are some of WRV's most amazing projects but are also very strenuous, often requiring a hike in to the work site and sometimes carrying materials and personal gear. We will be camping above 9,000 ft. and hiking to the worksite each morning.

Please be considerate and only sign up if you are willing and able to commit to the full project. Last minute cancellations are extremely detrimental to getting all the work done and our ability to hold projects like this in the future.


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Alpine Restoration: South Park Road Removal - Sheep Creek

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Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
USFS - PSICC - South Park Ranger District
Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative
Wild Connections
Park County Land and Water Trust Fund
Park County Department of Heritage, Tourism & Community Development
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 20, 2019 - Sunday Jul 21, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Beneath Sheep mountain, down under Sheep ridge lays the majestic Sheep Creek, join us here for this lovely July weekend restoring the land in community. During this two-day project we will be removing and restoring a degraded and illegal road. This is an overnight project, so please come prepared with weather-appropriate camping gear and attire! And, be ready for good food and fun times once we wrap up work for the day. Be sure to bring your paddle, lest we find ourselves up Sheep Creek without 'em.

WRV is pleased to be working with long-time partners, the Pike San Isabel National Forest, Wild Connections and Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative (MRHI).


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Find Your 14er: Mt. Elbert

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Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 With an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
USFS - Pike and San Isabel NF - Leadville RD
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 27, 2019 - Sunday Jul 28, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 15
Colorado's magnificent 14ers attract heavy use. Mt Elbert has some of the worst conditions with an estimated 1.5 million cubic feet of sediment already lost due to erosion. The current trail passes through habitat for local and globally sensitive species, as noted by the USFS. Because usage well exceeds the capacity of the current trail, the primary summit route has been degraded to the point where visitors walk off trail and destroy the sensitive alpine. This project will restore and maintain the ecological and recreational value of the extremely high use route leading up. Aside from stunning views and great company you can expect to have some fun building/closing social trails, creating rock check dams, constructing plank retaining walls, adding soil fill, transplanting local vegetation, and maybe even doing a little alpine seeding.

Note: These alpine projects are some of WRV's most amazing projects but are also extremely strenuous, requiring a hike in to the work site while carrying materials and personal gear. We will be camping above 10,000 ft. and hiking a mile to the worksite each morning.

Please be considerate and only sign up if you are willing and able to commit to the full project. Last minute cancellations are extremely detrimental to getting all the work done and our ability to hold projects like this in the future.


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Alpine Restoration: Summit Lake

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Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 03, 2019 - Sunday Aug 04, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 40
Echo Lake and Summit Lake Parks are the beginning and end of a spectacular trail through Chicago Basin toward Mt. Evans. Due to the popularity of this area, these parks are heavily impacted. WRV has been working on these popular and majestic areas for several years with amazing results.

This year, volunteers will be camping at Echo Lake and driving up to Summit Lake each day to plant small alpine plants and use other techniques to restore the native tundra. Both lakes offer breathtaking views in a stunning alpine environment.

Please note: Friday night arrival is encouraged to set up camp and acclimatize.


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Find Your 14er: Grays & Torreys II

SCHEDULED

Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 With Adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
USFS - Pike and San Isabel NF - Leadville RD
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 10, 2019 - Sunday Aug 11, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Colorado's magnificent 14ers attract heavy use. Grays and Torreys Peak is too popular! Because usage well exceeds the capacity of the current trail, the primary summit route has been degraded to the point where visitors walk off trail and destroy the sensitive alpine. This project will restore and maintain the ecological and recreational value of the extremely high use route leading up. Aside from stunning views and great company you can expect to have some fun building/closing social trails, creating rock check dams, constructing plank retaining walls, adding soil fill, transplanting local vegetation, and maybe even doing a little alpine seeding.


Note: These alpine projects are some of WRV's most amazing projects but are also very strenuous, often requiring a hike in to the work site and sometimes carrying materials and personal gear. We will be camping above 9,000 ft. and hiking to the worksite each morning.

Please be considerate and only sign up if you are willing and able to commit to the full project. Last minute cancellations are extremely detrimental to getting all the work done and our ability to hold projects like this in the future.


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Trails: South Park Trail & Boardwalk - Beaver Creek

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Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
USFS - PSICC - South Park Ranger District
Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative
Wild Connections
Park County Land and Water Trust Fund
The Summit Foundation
Park County Department of Heritage, Tourism & Community Development
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Friday Aug 16, 2019 - Sunday Aug 18, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Join us on this weekend in the beautiful open country along Beaver Creek, just minutes from the town of Fairplay. During this three-day project we will be building a single track trail with a boardwalk that will join into a larger network of existing trails, eventually connecting Fairplay to Breckenridge for non-motorized travelers.

WRV is pleased to be working with long-time partners, the Pike San Isabel National Forest, Wild Connections and Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative (MRHI).


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Trails: Indian Peaks Backcountry I

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Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 17, 2019 - Monday Aug 19, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Join us in the spectacular Indian Peaks Wilderness, west of Brainard Lake. This area is one of the most popular wilderness areas in the country, which has caused a great deal of impact to the Mitchell Lake Trail. Volunteers will perform trail maintenance and reroute sections away from sensitive wetlands. Normally, this area is closed for camping, but WRV has special permission to camp in the backcountry near our work site.

Llamas will be used before the project to haul food and gear into the site. This is a three-day project, Saturday-Monday. Volunteers are encouraged to show up Friday afternoon/evening to set up their camp and acclimatize. Volunteers who can make all three days will be given preference. WRV has been working in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Brainard Lake area for over a decade. This will be one of the more adventurous projects of the season but also one of the most rewarding!


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Trails: Indian Peaks Backcountry II

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Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Friday Aug 23, 2019 - Sunday Aug 25, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Join us in the spectacular Indian Peaks Wilderness, west of Brainard Lake. This area is one of the most popular wilderness areas in the country, which has caused a great deal of impact to the Pawnee Pass trail. Volunteers will perform trail maintenance and reroute sections away from sensitive wetlands. Normally, this area is closed for camping, but WRV has special permission to camp in the backcountry near our work site.

Llamas will be used to haul food and gear into the site. This is a three-day project, Friday-Sunday. Volunteers are encouraged to show up Thursday afternoon/evening to set up their camp and acclimatize. Volunteers who can make all three days will be given preference. WRV has been working in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Brainard Lake area for over a decade. This will be one of the more adventurous projects of the season but also one of the most rewarding!


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Trails: Hippo I

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Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Climax Molybdenum, a Freeport-McMoRan Company
The Summit Foundation
USFS - White River NF
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 24, 2019 - Sunday Aug 25, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 40
Join us on this overnight trail building project near beautiful Keystone! Hippo connects to the Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail, but was built in an unsustainable and unsanctioned location. In partnership with the US Forest Service, this is the start of a two-year effort to sustainably re-route Hippo trail--so get ready to put tools to dirt! We will be constructing new trail in a more sustainable location, before restoring the old trail in 2020.


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Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry IV

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Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Odell Brewing Company
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
REI - National Office
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 31, 2019 - Sunday Sep 01, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 30
The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Cache La Poudre downstream.

We've constructed almost 5 miles of trail leaving about 1/2 mile in the middle and some more technically difficult to finish this year. To accomplish this we'll be hiking or biking in Friday evening to our back country basecamp and staying closer to the work areas for the weekend. We have some gear to lend if needed.

WRV is very pleased to work collaboration with the USFS, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.


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Habitat Restoration: Gunnison Sage Grouse

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Difficult    ●    Mid Week Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
USFS - Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison Nat'l Forest - Gunnison Ranger District
Audubon Rockies
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Wednesday Sep 04, 2019 - Saturday Sep 07, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
WED-THURS-FRI-SAT
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WE'RE GOING BACK to GUNNISON!!! This will be our fifth year of working in the Upper Gunnison Basin to restore native wet meadows - critical habitat for Gunnison Sage Grouse. This is a hugely popular project, in an awesome location and building really amazing structures

Wet meadows and riparian areas in sagebrush shrublands provide important brood-rearing habitat for the Gunnison sage-grouse, listed as threatened by US Fish and Wildlife Service. These habitats are also important for numerous other species, including neo-tropical migratory birds, elk and mule deer, as well as to ranchers for livestock grazing. A number of wet meadows and riparian areas, already compromised by erosion and lower water tables, are likely to be further altered from drought and high intensity rainstorms associated with a changing climate. These habitats are among the most at risk in the Gunnison Basin.

To address these challenges, we will be working with the US Forest Service and many local partners to restore riparian and wet meadow habitats in sagebrush shrublands in the Upper Gunnison Basin. We will use innovative, yet simple, restoration methods-small rock structures-to raise the water table to support plants and insects needed by wildlife. We will apply the approach of restoration expert Bill Zeedyk, author of Let the Water do the Work: Induced Meandering, An Evolving Method for Restoring Incised Channels (2012).


Sign up for all 4 days or just one or more.
WHEN YOU REGISTER, PLEASE SIGN UP IN ONE OF THE GROUP CHOICES -Gunnison, Front Range, or Other (please specify in notes)
This will help us keep track of our local recruitment goals.

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
Volunteers will be constructing multiple rock structures on small streams and drainages in the watershed.
Volunteers will be working at an elevation of above 8,000 feet and camp nearby at the Miller Ranch House.
Food will be provided by talented volunteer cooks!


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Trails: Indian Peaks Backcountry III

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Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 07, 2019 - Sunday Sep 08, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Join us in the spectacular Indian Peaks Wilderness, west of Brainard Lake. This area is one of the most popular wilderness areas in the country, which has caused a great deal of impact to the Pawnee Pass trail. Volunteers will perform trail maintenance and reroute sections away from sensitive wetlands. Normally, this area is closed for camping, but WRV has special permission to camp in the backcountry near our work site.

Llamas will be used to haul food and gear into the site. This is a three-day project, Saturday-Monday. Volunteers are encouraged to show up Friday afternoon/evening to set up their camp and acclimatize. WRV has been working in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Brainard Lake area for over a decade. This will be one of the more adventurous projects of the season but also one of the most rewarding!


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Beginner Sawyer Training II

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Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
State Farm Insurance
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW)
Xcel Energy
Colorado Department of Natural Resources (CDNR)
Date(s):
Thursday Sep 12, 2019 - Sunday Sep 15, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 12
Trained sawyers play an important role in restoration and trail projects. We use them to remove invasive species, thin dense stands for forest health, close trails and roads, provide building materials for new trails and clear fallen trees and debris from existing trails.

WRV is partnering with The Nature Conservancy to provide this beginner chainsaw training course (S-212). Training will be facilitated by top notch instructors from around the state. Upon successful completion of course and evaluation, you will receive an S-212 certificate of completion. This is a valuable certification to have for careers in Natural Resources or if you just want to learn a new practical skill in a safe environment.

You get all of this at a GREATLY discounted upfront price- normally $450-$600/student, only $225 for WRV volunteers! Upon completion of 2 forestry projects, we will reimburse you the full amount.

Students and return volunteers may be eligible for a scholarship to cover the upfront cost. Contact william@wlrv.org for details.

Training consists of 3 mandatory days of classwork and fieldwork.
* Thursday 9am - 5pm Classroom instruction in Fort Collins
* Friday 9am - 5pm Classroom instruction in Fort Collins
* Saturday 9am - 5pm Full-day hands-on training at a northern location to be determined.
ALL THREE DAYS WILL BE REQUIRED, no exceptions.

DISCOUNTS and CANCELLATION POLICY.


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Trails: Mount Margaret Molly Lake I

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Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
USFS - ARNF & PNG - Canyon Lakes RD
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Overland Mountain Bike Club
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 14, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 32
Help us restore this large trail system in a gorgeous location! The Mount Margaret and Lady Moon trails system near Red Feather lakes need our help. With over 25 miles of interconnected multi- use trails it could be an ideal and sustainable outdoor destination. Unfortunately much of it is segmented by washed out creek crossings and cattle fences. By installing pedestrian gates, developing hardened fords and constructing a few short connector trails we can open it up and take the pressure off of the area's less sustainable options.


Friday night arrival encouraged..


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Trails: Hippo II

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Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
USFS - White River NF
Climax Molybdenum, a Freeport-McMoRan Company
The Summit Foundation
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 21, 2019 - Sunday Sep 22, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 40
Join us on this overnight trail building project near beautiful Keystone! Hippo connects to the Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail, but was built in an unsustainable and unsanctioned location. In partnership with the US Forest Service, this is the start of a two-year effort to sustainably re-route Hippo trail--so get ready to put tools to dirt! We will be constructing new trail in a more sustainable location, before restoring the old trail in 2020.


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Weed Warriors: St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal II

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Difficult    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 10 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Longmont
Audubon Rockies
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
Date(s):
Wednesday Oct 09, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Enjoy panoramic views of the Front Range and heal a local area deeply impacted by the 2013 flood! In the aftermath of the flood, millions of tamarisk seedlings germinated, which pose a major threat to the watershed should they mature. Volunteers will continue work from the past few years, removing tamarisk through hand pulling, weed wrenching, and cut & stump treatment with herbicide.

Notes: Our project is located on St Vrain Creek, just east of the Boulder/Weld County line, where the Sept 2013 flood breached several lakes and carved a new channel.
Tamarisk (aka Salt Cedar) has devastated watersheds throughout the west, costing billions of dollars in lost habitat, lost water, and lost electricity.


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Tool Fest: Fort Collins

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Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Saturday Oct 26, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
9am-3:30pm approx

Volunteers are invited to celebrate a great season of restoration and put the tools you used to bed for the winter. There is a job for everyone: cleaning, sharpening, painting, applying protective oils, and re-organizing the tool shed to get ready for next years' project season. Word on the street is Tool Fest is a blast!


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Tool Fest: Boulder

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Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Saturday Nov 02, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 24
9am-3:30pm approx

Volunteers are invited to celebrate a great season of restoration and put the tools you used to bed for the winter. There is a job for everyone: cleaning, sharpening, painting, applying protective oils, and re-organizing the tool shed to get ready for next years' project season. Word on the street is Tool Fest is a blast!


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