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2017 Events
Events Name Event Type Day(s) Date(s)
Lefthand Foothills Ongoing-2017 Ongoing Project Sunday - Monday Jan 01, 2017 - Jan 02, 2017

Fort Collins Seed Cleaning Party Project Thursday Jan 12, 2017

Speaker Series: Report from the WRV Monitoring Group Social Event Thursday Jan 12, 2017

Youth Seed Cleaning with Boulder County Parks and Open Space - MLK Day of Service Youth Program Sunday - Sunday Jan 15, 2017 - Jan 15, 2017

Seed sowing project - DMP Project Tuesday Jan 24, 2017

New Leadership Summit and Party Social Event Wednesday Jan 25, 2017

Seed Cleaning Party - Jan 26 Project Thursday Jan 26, 2017

Boulder Team Night Social Event Saturday Feb 04, 2017

Fort Collins Lunchtime Seed Cleaning Project Wednesday
Wednesday
Wednesday
Jan 25, 2017
Feb 01, 2017
Feb 08, 2017

WRV Fundraising and Marketing Summit - Boulder Social Event Saturday - Saturday Feb 11, 2017 - Feb 11, 2017

Fort Collins Team Night Social Event Friday Feb 17, 2017

Speaker Series: The Great American Eclipse of 2017, a perspective from and for the WRV community Social Event Tuesday - Tuesday Feb 21, 2017 - Feb 21, 2017

Willow Harvest I Project Friday Feb 24, 2017

Project Leadership Training - Boulder Training Saturday Feb 25, 2017

Tool Manager Orientation - Fort Collins Training Friday Mar 03, 2017

Willow Harvest 1.5 Project Friday Mar 03, 2017

Nursery Maintenance - Flood Restoration Project Saturday Mar 04, 2017

Weed Warrior Training Training Sunday Mar 05, 2017

Plant Ecology and Native Plants Course Youth Program Wednesday - Wednesday Mar 08, 2017 - Apr 19, 2017

Speaker Series: Environmental Stewardship as Gardening Writ Large Social Event Thursday Mar 09, 2017

Willow Skills Training and Harvest II Project Friday Mar 10, 2017

Willow Skills Training Training Friday Mar 10, 2017

Crew Leader Training for Trails (Horsetooth Res) Training Saturday - Sunday Mar 11, 2017 - Mar 12, 2017

Project Kickoff Potluck - Boulder Social Event Saturday Mar 11, 2017

Tool Manager Orientation -- BOULDER Training Friday Mar 17, 2017

Crew Leader Training in Ecological Restoration - Eldorado Canyon State Park Training Saturday - Sunday Mar 18, 2017 - Mar 19, 2017

Cook Training 1- Boulder Training Sunday Mar 19, 2017

Technical Advisor Orientation - Fort Collins Training Thursday Mar 23, 2017

Willow Harvest III Project Friday Mar 24, 2017

Myrtle Spurge Purge I Project Saturday Mar 25, 2017

Button Rock Flood Restoration (North St. Vrain) 1 Project Saturday Mar 25, 2017

Technical Advisor Orientation - Boulder Training Wednesday Mar 29, 2017

Myrtle Spurge Purge II (evening) Project Friday Mar 31, 2017

Left Hand Creek Flood Restoration 1 Project Saturday Apr 01, 2017

Daniels Park Restoration Project Saturday Apr 01, 2017

Lafayette Willow Harvest Youth Program Saturday Apr 08, 2017

High School Crew Leader Training Youth Program Saturday - Sunday Apr 08, 2017 - Apr 09, 2017

Pollinator Habitat Restoration - Collaboration with Butterfly Pavilion Project Saturday Apr 08, 2017

Crew Leader Training in Ecological Restoration - FORT COLLINS Training Saturday - Sunday Apr 08, 2017 - Apr 09, 2017

Myrtle Spurge Purge III (evening) Project Tuesday Apr 11, 2017

Fort Collins Cooks in the Kitchen Night Project Tuesday Apr 11, 2017

Willow Harvest- Seaman Reservoir Project Wednesday - Wednesday Apr 12, 2017 - Apr 12, 2017

Wilderness First Aid Trainings-Fort Collins Training Tuesday
Thursday
Saturday
Apr 11, 2017
Apr 13, 2017
Apr 15, 2017

Button Rock Flood Restoration (North St. Vrain) 2 Project Saturday Apr 15, 2017

Seaman Reservoir Stream Restoration Project Saturday
Sunday
Apr 15, 2017
Apr 16, 2017

Speaker Series: Finding Yourself on the Colorado Trail Social Event Tuesday - Tuesday Apr 18, 2017 - Apr 18, 2017

Broomfield Open Space Riparian Restoration Youth Program Friday - Friday Apr 21, 2017 - Apr 21, 2017

Myrtle Spurge Purge IV - Earth Day Project Saturday Apr 22, 2017

Left Hand Creek Flood Restoration 3 - Earth Day Project Saturday Apr 22, 2017

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Restoration 1 Youth Program Monday - Monday Apr 24, 2017 - Apr 24, 2017

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Restoration 2 Youth Program Wednesday Apr 26, 2017

Campbell Valley Restoration 1 Project Saturday Apr 29, 2017

Estes Valley Flood Restoration Project Saturday May 06, 2017

Med Sage Removal I (Boulder County) Project Saturday May 06, 2017

Project Leadership Training 2 - Boulder Training Saturday May 06, 2017

Beginner Sawyer Training- Lyons Training Saturday - Sunday
Saturday - Sunday
Apr 29, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017
May 06, 2017 - May 07, 2017

Fillius Park Sawyer Project Project Friday May 12, 2017

Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction I - Sawyer Project Project Saturday May 13, 2017

Crew Leader Training in Trails - Eldorado Canyon Training Saturday - Sunday May 13, 2017 - May 14, 2017

Myrtle Spurge Purge (Exxel Outdoors project) Project Friday May 19, 2017

Fillius Park Forest Thinning and Fuels Reduction Project Saturday May 20, 2017

Med Sage Removal II - City of Boulder (Evening) Project Wednesday May 24, 2017

Dedisse Park Trail Reroute - National Trails Day Project Saturday Jun 03, 2017

Young Gulch Trail Construction I - National Trails Day Project Saturday Jun 03, 2017

Cook Training 2- Dedisse Training Saturday Jun 03, 2017

Med Sage Removal III (NOAA) Evening Project Tuesday Jun 06, 2017

Instructor in Crew Leading Training Wednesday - Saturday Jun 07, 2017 - Jun 10, 2017

Gilbert Russian Olive Removal - Sawyer Project Friday Jun 09, 2017

Rocky Mountain Willow Harvest Project Friday Jun 09, 2017

Platte River Island Habitat Restoration Project Saturday Jun 17, 2017

Rocky Mountain Willow Planting Project Saturday - Sunday Jun 17, 2017 - Jun 18, 2017

Ecological Leadership Academy Youth Program Monday - Thursday Jun 19, 2017 - Jun 22, 2017

Beginner Sawyer Training - Fort Collins Training Monday - Thursday Jun 19, 2017 - Jun 22, 2017

Trail Skills Training (Young Gulch) Training Saturday Jun 24, 2017

Rock Skills Training (Young Gulch) Training Saturday Jun 24, 2017

Young Gulch Trail Construction 2 (CATS adopt) Project Saturday
Sunday
Jun 24, 2017
Jun 25, 2017

Brainard Finale Project Project Friday Jun 30, 2017

Beaver Brook Trail Project Project Saturday Jul 01, 2017

Phantom Canyon Project Saturday Jul 08, 2017

Fillius Park Trail and Habitat Restoration (TEENS, Inc.) Youth Program Wednesday
Friday
Jul 12, 2017
Jul 14, 2017

Mid-Season Tool Fest - Boulder Project Thursday Jul 20, 2017

Lafayette Family Stewardship Project Youth Program Saturday - Saturday Jul 22, 2017 - Jul 22, 2017

Advanced Trail Skills- Rock Skills with Mike McHugh of Eldorado Canyon State Park Training Saturday Jul 22, 2017

Young Gulch Trail Construction 3 Project Saturday
Sunday
Jul 29, 2017
Jul 30, 2017

Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction II - Sawyer Project Project Saturday Aug 05, 2017

Crew Leader Training in Ecological Restoration - At Swan Drainage Project Training Saturday - Sunday Aug 05, 2017 - Aug 06, 2017

North Swan Forest Rehab Project Saturday
Sunday
Aug 05, 2017
Aug 06, 2017

YSI Overnight @ Georgia Pass Youth Program Monday - Tuesday Aug 07, 2017 - Aug 08, 2017

Indian Peaks Wilderness Trail Project Project Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Aug 11, 2017
Aug 12, 2017
Aug 13, 2017

Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction III - Sawyer Project Project Saturday Aug 19, 2017

Summit and Echo Lakes - Mt. Evans Restoration Project Saturday - Sunday Aug 19, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017

Young Gulch Trail Construction 4 Project Saturday Aug 26, 2017

Crew Leader Training in Induced Meander Techniques - Gunnison Training Wednesday - Thursday Sep 06, 2017 - Sep 07, 2017

Mt Elbert Alpine Trail Restoration Project Friday - Sunday Sep 08, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017

Upper Gunnison Basin Habitat Restoration Project Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sep 06, 2017
Sep 07, 2017
Sep 08, 2017
Sep 09, 2017

Canyon Lakes Unauthorized Road Obliteration I Staging Day Project Saturday Sep 16, 2017

Boulder Creek Russian Olive Removal - Sawyer Project at Kolb Project Friday Sep 22, 2017

Peschel Wetland Restoration 1 Project Saturday Sep 23, 2017

Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction IV - Sawyer Project Project Saturday Sep 23, 2017

Dolores River Restoration and Tamarisk Removal Project Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Sep 29, 2017
Sep 30, 2017
Oct 01, 2017

Canyon Lakes Road Obliteration - National Public Lands Day Project Saturday
Sunday
Sep 30, 2017
Oct 01, 2017

National Forest Flood Restoration 2 Project Saturday Oct 07, 2017

Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction V - Sawyer Project Project Saturday Oct 07, 2017

National Forest Flood Restoration 3 Project Saturday Oct 14, 2017

Boulder Creek Restoration - White Rocks Project Saturday Oct 21, 2017

Vedauwoo Road Obliteration Project Saturday
Sunday
Oct 21, 2017
Oct 22, 2017

Tool Fest - Fort Collins Project Saturday Oct 28, 2017

St. Vrain Creek Tamarisk Removal - Longmont Project Saturday Oct 28, 2017

Tool Fest - Boulder Project Saturday Nov 04, 2017

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Lefthand Foothills Ongoing-2017

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 15 (more info)

Date(s):
SundayJan 01, 2017 - MondayJan 02, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 55



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Fort Collins Seed Cleaning Party

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly

Date(s):
ThursdayJan 12, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 12

We'll be cleaning sumac and buckwheat at this winter seed cleaning! Join us for a Thursday evening at the Fort Collins office.

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Speaker Series: Report from the WRV Monitoring Group

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Morning

Date(s):
ThursdayJan 12, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Speaker Series
Over the years many of you have asked for off-season community events. As a result, we're excited to announce our Inaugural Speaker Series! Ask and you shall receive!

Speaker Series #1: Report from the WRV Monitoring Group
Date: January 12, 2017
Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Location: WRV Conference Room - Boulder
To kick off our Speaker Series we are proud to have Alan Carpenter and Laura Backus present the findings from the WRV Monitoring Group. This presentation will review:
• how past projects have fared and tease out nuggets of information such as good restoration planting species and,
• the crucial importance of careful project day supervision which will boost WRV ahead in carrying out 2017 projects.
You've seen some of the before and after images recently from two of these monitoring efforts, join Laura and Alan to dive deeper into what will be an engaging and enlightening presentation.


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Youth Seed Cleaning with Boulder County Parks and Open Space - MLK Day of Service

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Afternoon    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 10 (more info)

Date(s):
SundayJan 15, 2017 - SundayJan 15, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

WRV will be hosting a Seed Cleaning Project in collaboration with Boulder County as part of the MLK Day of Service in Boulder. Youth will learn about the importance of local ecotype seeds, assist with the cleaning of seeds collected over the past season, and reflect on the importance of service.

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Seed sowing project - DMP

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers - WRV

Date(s):
TuesdayJan 24, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 4

Seedlings needing more space to grow will be transplanted into larger digs at the Denver Mountain Parks greenhouse. More than 4000 plants will ultimately be grown out and then used on WRV projects at Summit Lake. These precious seedlings are locally adapted to alpine ecosystems, making them hardier and more likely to succeed.

Join WRV on native seed collections, seed cleanings, and seed grow out this season!

For more information on the seed collection program, watch the WRV website Project Schedule page.


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New Leadership Summit and Party

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)

Date(s):
WednesdayJan 25, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25

As a follow up to the Leadership Summits of the past couple years, we've decided to host a special evening event for newer WRV Leaders (folks who have become leaders in the last 2 or 3 years). We'd like to get to know new leaders little better and to hear about their experiences of WRV Leadership. Feedback is invaluable to what we do, but a lot of times the responses we receive under represent the voices and experiences of newer leaders and we get a lot of feedback from the "old guard" as it were.

We are pretty community oriented folks and we're proud of the strength of the community we have amongst our volunteers and want to ensure that we are inclusive of everyone; those who've been around since the beginning, and those who have found us more recently. So please come over, have some dinner with us (food and beverages will be provided) and we can share stories, swap experiences and gain insight in how we can best support and encourage newer leaders. We look forward to it!

When: Wednesday, January 25th from 5:30-8pm
Where: WRV Boulder Office (3012 Sterling Circle suite 201. Boulder, CO 80301)

Please RSVP to Morgan@wlrv.org, or call (303) 543-1411 ext. 3# for more details.


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Seed Cleaning Party - Jan 26

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Afternoon

Date(s):
ThursdayJan 26, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 8

Join us to clean the seed we have collected this season near Boulder!

Cleaning seeds removes chaff and other plant materials, and helps prepare them for storage and planting. Your efforts will help ensure that we receive the maximum benefit from all of our seed collection projects this season.

We will have a relaxed afternoon cleaning some super cool seed-

THIS IS A 3 HOUR EVENT -- 1:00pm-4:00pm -- Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Often times, however, native seeds are not available commercially, they are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

We will be cleaning seed at the WRV office in Boulder.

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Boulder Team Night

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Evening

Date(s):
SaturdayFeb 04, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 90

Calling all WRV Leaders!

Join us for kick-off social evening where you can enjoy good food, drink, and cheer! Please register now!

During Team Night, among all the catching-up and conversation, you can sign up for volunteer leadership opportunities on WRV projects! We'll cover all the major WRV projects scheduled, both north and south.

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 Lunchtime Seed Cleaning

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly

Date(s):
WednesdayJan 25, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 8
WednesdayFeb 01, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 8
WednesdayFeb 08, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 8

We'll be cleaning three-leaf sumac at this series of winter seed cleaning! Join us from 11-1 on Wednesdays from 1/25 through 2/15 for an ongoing lunchtime project.



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WRV Fundraising and Marketing Summit - Boulder

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayFeb 11, 2017 - SaturdayFeb 11, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

We invite you to our first-ever Fundraising and Marketing Summit for Wildlands Restoration Volunteers.

In this half-day Summit we will do a short presentation on our current fundraising and marketing efforts and then spend the rest of the time brainstorming with you about other opportunities to increase these efforts. As someone who is familiar with WRV, you have the unique perspective to identify opportunities that would work well.

We look forward to your participation!


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Fort Collins Team Night

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly

Date(s):
FridayFeb 17, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Calling all WRV Leaders!

Join us for kick-off social evening where you can enjoy good food, drink, and cheer! Please register now!

This year we will be having Fort Collins Team Night at Greyrock Commons in north Fort Collins. We are excited for this chance to be in a location that will enhance our sense of community.

During Team Night, among all the catching-up and conversation, you can sign up for volunteer leadership opportunities on WRV projects! We'll cover all the major WRV projects scheduled, both north and south.

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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Speaker Series: The Great American Eclipse of 2017, a perspective from and for the WRV community

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly

Date(s):
TuesdayFeb 21, 2017 - TuesdayFeb 21, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Have you heard about the total solar eclipse coming this summer? Are you wondering whether you should care? Is it worth trying to get to the path of totality? What the heck is the "path of totality", anyway?

KD Leka is one of those Boulder professional solar astronomers who also happens to wear various WRV volunteer hats. At this early evening presentation she will present a talk on what/when/where this Solar Eclipse thing is, and what an eclipse watcher would expect to see from various locations -- especially eclipse watchers who are interested in and tuned in to the natural world around them (that is, WRV folks!)

Time: 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: WRV Office - Boulder (conference room)

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Willow Harvest I

CANCELLED
Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)

Date(s):
FridayFeb 24, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Join us for "Zen and the Art of Willow Harvesting", a new way of looking at an old WRV tradition! Office work got you down? Want to see the dew on the branches and the meadowlarks afield? Willow harvesting is the perfect activity to turn your mind off, and your zen on. Little thought is required and so like meditation, you will find your mind rested and ready to return to whatever it is that you do. We will spend shorter days travelling to locations where willows are abundant; harvesting, trimming and bundling willow stakes to be used on revegetation areas in flood denuded watersheds. Join us!

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Project Leadership Training - Boulder

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayFeb 25, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Project Leaders work to organize an entire restoration project often starting planning months before the project. They enjoy working with a great team of fellow volunteers to take the helm of a WRV restoration project and lead it to success. If leadership, teamwork, project planning and getting "behind the scenes" with restoration sound like they're up your alley, you're a great candidate to become a WRV Project Leader! Consider taking our training to become a Project Leader or Assistant Project Leader for this season.

WHAT IS PROJECT LEADERSHIP?
The Project Leader organizes the project leadership team; works with land managers and WRV staff; and is the single person with the comprehensive "big picture" view of a project. This role is the behind the scenes organization of WRV restoration projects. WRV will depend upon many dedicated volunteers to complete 100+ stewardship projects on public lands this season. Most WRV projects are managed by a leadership team that includes a Project Leader, Technical Advisor, Lead Cook and Cook team, Tool Manager and sometimes others. The Project Leader coordinates the team and ensures that all aspects of a project are taken care of prior to the project event.

Most new Project Leaders start off as an Assistant Project Leader, working with an experienced Project Leader to learn the ropes of project management. Assisting is a great way to gradually step into the role.

**You're never on your own as a leader in WRV - fellow volunteers and the WRV staff are here to help you through every step of the process.**

**Note that Project Leading is very different than Crew Leading. Crew Leaders are responsible for managing a crew during the project day, whereas Project Leaders are responsible for the planning and project management leading up to the project and big picture logistics on the day of hte project.**

An integral part of becoming a WRV Project Leader is understanding WRV projects and leadership team. It is recommended that all PL trainees complete or will complete basic Crew Leader training or have sufficient project experience. If you have no experience with WRV but really want to get involved at a higher level planning of projects, we encourage you to take the training and then volunteer on a couple of projects to understand how WRV events operate before taking on a leading role. It is also recommended that all PL trainees have a background in managing projects, though not necessarily restoration projects. Candidates with strong organizational/planning skills can also be successful in this role.


TRAINING FEE
Regular Fee: $50
Discounted Fee: $20 (for current dues-paying members and volunteers, this fee covers the cost to print the manual and provide food).

Scholarships are available. If you are an active WRV member or have project management experience, do not let the cost stop you from becoming the next great WRV Project Leader. Please call the office to discuss.
DISCOUNTS and CANCELLATION POLICY.

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Tool Manager Orientation - Fort Collins

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)

Date(s):
FridayMar 03, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Every WRV project requires tools. No Tools, No Project! Tool managers are the beloved volunteers who put so much care into organizing the tools and gear for a project, and transporting them to and from the worksite. Tool management is a great way to get more involved with a project without a lot of training or experience. And, you can usually take off during the middle of a project to relax or recreate if you like.

On this Friday evening, from 6:00 to 9:00pm, we'll gather to talk about how tool managers work with the rest of project planning team, assemble a tool list, transport tools to and from the site, stage tools for crews, help with camp set-up, and more. You'll have a chance to see our spectacular collection of tools and ask questions. Once trained you can mentor with an experienced tool manager to learn on a real project!

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Willow Harvest 1.5

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)

Date(s):
FridayMar 03, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Join us for "Zen and the Art of Willow Harvesting", a new way of looking at an old WRV tradition! Office work got you down? Want to see the dew on the branches and the meadowlarks afield? Willow harvesting is the perfect activity to turn your mind off, and your zen on. Little thought is required and so like meditation, you will find your mind rested and ready to return to whatever it is that you do. We will spend shorter days travelling to locations where willows are abundant; harvesting, trimming and bundling willow stakes to be used on revegetation areas in flood denuded watersheds. Join us!

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Nursery Maintenance - Flood Restoration

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 15 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayMar 04, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Join us at our Fort Collins office nursery for a fun partial-day event! This is conveniently located right here in town. We will be planting willow cuttings and other species into containers to grow out native riparian species for planting in flood impacted areas for the upcoming season.

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Weed Warrior Training

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS

Date(s):
SundayMar 05, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25

If you've ever wished you could return to that property that just didn't get finished and nick those last few weeds another day, this is the training for you!
WRV's Weed Program is looking to jump start a new program for eradicating that most retched of foes, Myrtle Spurge.

With this new training we're piloting the possibility of having special teams of volunteers that have the necessary skills to organize and lead small groups to tackle those weeds on their own schedule without the need to have WRV staff present.

In this training you will learn:

- Proper weed identification
- Important safety procedures for treating Myrtle Spurge: both regarding the toxicity of the plant itself and the landscapes in which is grows
- Gain familiarity with the process of selecting and treating properties that request assistance with Myrtle Spurge
- Essential skills for field leadership and communication

You will also be equipped with the necessary tools and materials to treat Myrtle Spurge in small teams with the ability to choose your own schedule.

This is a full day (9am-4pm) indoor training which will include an half day field component date TBD

For questions please contact Morgan Crowley, Weed Program Manager at morgan@wlrv.org







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Plant Ecology and Native Plants Course

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Multi Day

Date(s):
WednesdayMar 08, 2017 - WednesdayApr 19, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 7

WRV and Boulder Friends School are partnering for a middle school course on plant ecology and native plants. This course will include hands-on biology, field science, seed bombs, plant walks, and a project harvesting willow posts for erosion control; it will culminate with students researching and planting native plants in their own school grounds.

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Speaker Series: Environmental Stewardship as Gardening Writ Large

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Morning

Date(s):
ThursdayMar 09, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 20

Rebecca Trafton, executive producer and host of the PBS series GardenStory (and WRV volunteer) will explore how environmental stewardship can be seen as gardening, an activity that not only heals our natural world but also can inspire and educate us. GardenStory is a series that explores how gardens can change our lives. In her presentation Rebecca will highlight this concept through an episode that focuses on the stewardship of a 34-acre preserve in the heart of a red spruce forest. She will also briefly touch on her current efforts as a volunteer with the City of Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks.

Rebecca is a co-founder of the Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy and a former trustee of the Shenandoah National Park Trust. She has been a professional landscape designer for more than 35 years.

Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Location: WRV Office - Boulder (conference room)


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Willow Skills Training and Harvest II

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)

Date(s):
FridayMar 10, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 26

Get Some Mad Willow Skillz!

Picture a scoured river bank post flood. Now imagine sticking a bunch of leafless cuttings into that bank and having it magically transform over the course of a season or two into a dense thicket of swaying willows, alive with bird song. Willows are amazing plants, one of the hardest working allies in restoration work.

Join WRV and Ed Gage, Research Scientist with CSU's Dept. Of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship for an all day training to up your willow skills. We'll cover:
- Willow species ID
- Harvesting willow poles
- Storage
- Proper planting technique and more!

This is a full day (9am-4pm) skills training on Friday, March 10th. Training will take place in the field, so come prepared for the wacky weather than we can experience in Colorado in March. Exact location TBD.

For questions please contact Luke at lukas@wlrv.org


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Willow Skills Training

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)

Date(s):
FridayMar 10, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Get Some Mad Willow Skillz!

Picture a scoured river bank post flood. Now imagine sticking a bunch of leafless cuttings into that bank and having it magically transform over the course of a season or two into a dense thicket of swaying willows, alive with bird song. Willows are amazing plants, one of the hardest working allies in restoration work.

Join WRV and the Colorado Native Plant Society for an all day training to up your willow skills. We'll cover:
- Willow species ID
- Harvesting willow poles
- Storage
- Proper planting technique and more!

This is a full day (9am-4pm) skills training on Friday, March 10th. Training will take place in the field, so come prepared for the wacky weather than we can experience in Colorado in March. Exact location TBD.

For questions please contact Jarret at jarret@wlrv.org







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Crew Leader Training for Trails (Horsetooth Res)

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 with adult (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayMar 11, 2017 - SundayMar 12, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 10

Learn Crew Leadership and trail skills at Horsetooth Reservoir, near Fort Collins!

WRV is collaborating with CATS and the Overland Mountain Bike Club to bring you the best possible training in leadership for trail construction and maintenance. The focus will be on leadership skills, but we'll cover basic trail construction skills from a leadership perspective as well. $10 suggested donation.

DISCOUNTS and CANCELLATION POLICY.

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Project Kickoff Potluck - Boulder

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly

Date(s):
SaturdayMar 11, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 100

Are you just discovering WRV for the first time?
Are you a WRVer already, and have friends you'd like to invite to our events?
Has your project been canceled for Saturday and left you with nothing to do?

Come to our annual Boulder Project Kickoff Potluck and community celebration!

We're all anticipating a season of fulfilling and beautiful experiences outdoors, restoring precious ecosystems across the Front Range and enjoying the wonderful welcoming WRV community.

Come meet with WRV friends, old and new. Share in a bit of food, live music and a journey in photos of the 2017 project season, with the opportunity to sign up early for your favorite events.

5:30pm-8pm, Saturday, March 11th, 2017 in downtown Boulder. Register now and we'll send you more information on time and place, directions and what yummy food item to bring!

First Congregational Church - 1128 Pine St, Boulder, CO 80302


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Tool Manager Orientation -- BOULDER

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)

Date(s):
FridayMar 17, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 20

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Every WRV project requires tools. No Tools, No Project! Tool managers are the beloved volunteers who put so much care into organizing the tools and gear for a project, and transporting them to and from the worksite.

Tool management is a great way to get more involved with a project without a lot of training or experience. And, you can usually take off during the middle of a project to relax or recreate if you like.

On this evening training we'll gather at our tool shed in Gunbarrel to talk about how tool managers work with the rest of project planning team, assemble a tool list, transport tools to and from the site, stage tools for crews, help with camp set-up, and more.

Not only will we learn about tool managing, but we will help load tools for a project that is happening on the following day!

You'll have a chance to see our spectacular collection of tools and ask questions. Once trained, you can mentor with an experienced tool manager to fine tune your skills on a real project!

A few of us may head over to Finkle & Garfs Brewery (less than a block from the tool shed) afterwards for a quick beer.

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Crew Leader Training in Ecological Restoration - Eldorado Canyon State Park

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayMar 18, 2017 - SundayMar 19, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Crew leaders are vital to the success of most WRV project's, they are the faces of WRV, representing WRV to the volunteers. Crew Leaders are give technical training/notes for each project and then get to lead a crew of 5-8 other volunteers making sure everyone has fun, stays safe, and gets the important work done.

Crew leadership is a great way to enhance your stewardship of public lands and build your professional leadership skills while helping other volunteers get the most out of a project! This training will help you develop team building skills, situational leadership skills, proper tool usage techniques, and volunteer care and safety protocols. Plus attending the Crew Leader training earns you mad skills and serious gold stars!

You will also be introduced to the field of ecological restoration and get hands-on practice as a restoration crew leader. WRV is pleased to be collaborating on this training with the Outdoor Stewardship Institute and Eldorado Canyon State Park

TRAINING FEE
Early Sign Up Until March 01 (must pay before end of early sign up date to get discount)
Regular Fee: $120
Discounted Fee: $25*

Regular Sign Up After March 01
Regular Fee: $130
Discounted Fee: $45*

*(for current dues-paying WRV members or those how have volunteer twice in the last year. You can also get a reimbursement for the difference between what you paid 45$ upon request after completing two Crew Leader roles)

Scholarships are available to WRV volunteers on an individual basis. Call Taylor at the office for more information. 303-543-1411

DISCOUNTS and CANCELLATION POLICY.

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Cook Training 1- Boulder

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)

Date(s):
SundayMar 19, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 5

Cooks are some of the most important volunteers on a restoration project!

Have fun using your culinary skills with a great group of folks while learning the basics of project support, including meal planning and budgeting, safe food prep, camp setup, cleanup, take down, and many other camp related support issues.

This training will involve effective hands-on learning: work on a REAL project with certified lead cooks, to learn the ropes and build your confidence.

Trainees will work with staff and veteran Lead Cooks to plan, prep and execute a project day's meals - including breakfast and simple sandwich buffet lunch, for a group of Crew Leader Trainees, possibly chili, soup or more.

Once the training is complete, you're ready to become a Cook Team Member for our many restoration projects in beautiful prairie, foothill and mountain settings.

We request a commitment to at least one restoration project during the regular 2016 season - April - November. We appreciate your interest in volunteering in this important and tasty way!

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Technical Advisor Orientation - Fort Collins

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)

Date(s):
ThursdayMar 23, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Become a Technical Advisor through hands-on experience with WRV.

This is NOT a training session on the technical design aspects of projects. Since projects vary so much, and employ so many different restoration techniques, the best way to learn design is "on the job" as an assistant technical advisor.

We'll discuss the roles and responsibilities of a WRV Technical Adviser (TA), and how the TA works within a WRV Project Team. We'll discuss how to plan a project that accomplishes the desired technical goals, but also works well for crew leaders and volunteers. The training runs from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Arrive at 5:30pm for food!

WRV has a relatively small community of technical advisers, so we also want this session to be a venue to meet each other, share ideas, and ask questions of your peers.

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Willow Harvest III

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)

Date(s):
FridayMar 24, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Join us for "Zen and the Art of Willow Harvesting", a new way of looking at an old WRV tradition! Office work got you down? Want to see the dew on the branches and the meadowlarks afield? Willow harvesting is the perfect activity to turn your mind off, and your zen on. Little thought is required and so like meditation, you will find your mind rested and ready to return to whatever it is that you do. We will spend shorter days travelling to locations where willows are abundant; harvesting, trimming and bundling willow stakes to be used on revegetation areas in flood denuded watersheds. Join us!

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Myrtle Spurge Purge I

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)

Date(s):
SaturdayMar 25, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 45

9am-4pm approx

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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Button Rock Flood Restoration (North St. Vrain) 1

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Terra Foundation
City of Longmont
Audubon Rockies

Date(s):
SaturdayMar 25, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Since 2013, WRV volunteers have been breathing life back into our flood damage watersheds. Please join us as we begin work on North St Vrain Creek near Button Rock Reservoir. Your efforts will help protect the water supply for Lyons and Longmont by revegetating scoured stream banks, and restore riparian habitat for wildlife, birds and fish. Activities will include soil amendment to improve fertility, native seeding, diverse plantings of native trees and shrubs, and mulch application.

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Technical Advisor Orientation - Boulder

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)

Date(s):
WednesdayMar 29, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

We'll discuss the roles and responsibilities of a WRV Technical Advisor (TA), and how the TA works within a WRV Project Team. We'll discuss how to plan a project that accomplishes the desired technical goals, but also works well for crew leaders and volunteers. The training runs from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Arrive at 5:30pm to for food!

This is NOT a training session on the technical design aspects of projects. Since projects vary so much, and employ so many different restoration techniques, the best way to learn design is "on the job" as an Assistant Technical Advisor (ATA).

We'll have some time during the session for returning TAs to describe the highlights of what they have learned being a TA.

WRV has a relatively small TA community, so we also want this session to be a venue to meet each other, share ideas, and ask questions of your peers.

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Myrtle Spurge Purge II (evening)

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Evening    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)

Date(s):
FridayMar 31, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

On our second Spurge project of the season, we'll be spending the evening just west of Boulder. Working with Boulder County Parks & Open Space we'll be organizing volunteers for another round of purging Spurge. The plan is a coordinated assault on Myrtle Spurge in the foothills between Pine Brook Hills and Boulder Heights.

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.

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Left Hand Creek Flood Restoration 1

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 01, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Since 2013, WRV volunteers have been breathing life back into our flood damage watersheds. This year, WRV is preparing our largest slate ever of river restoration projects.

Please join us as we begin the flood restoration process at a site on Left Hand Creek, just north of Boulder. Your efforts will help protect our water supply and restore wildlife habitat by revegetating scoured stream banks. Activities will include native seeding, diverse plantings of native trees and shrubs, soil enhancing amendments and mulch, and erosion control fabric. Our revegetation work comes after large scale equipment work has reconstructed the channel and streambanks. This project is an opportunity to learn about river restoration at it's best.

WRV is pleased to collaborate on this project with LeftHand Watershed Oversight Group, Iron Woman Construction and Flywater.

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Daniels Park Restoration

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum 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):
SaturdayApr 01, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Join us at one of Denver Mountain Parks most iconic and well-trafficked parks! Just south of Denver, Daniels Park is known for conveniently located panoramic views of the city 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 damaged areas.

No Experience Necessary

The project will include revegetation and some rock work to stabilize steep eroding slopes. 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! See you out there!

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Youth Educational Program
Lafayette Willow Harvest

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 08, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Youth from the Lafayette community will be cutting, prepping, and loading willow poles to be planted for erosion control. We'll be using a variety of tools to harvest the willows, exploring Lafayette's Open Space, and having fun, all while giving back to our community.

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High School Crew Leader Training

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 08, 2017 - SundayApr 09, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 20

Crew leaders are vital to the success of most WRV projects: they are the faces of WRV, representing WRV to the volunteers. Crew Leaders give technical training/notes for each project and then get to lead a crew of 5-8 other volunteers making sure everyone has fun, stays safe, and gets the important work done.

Crew leadership is a great way to enhance your stewardship of public lands and build your professional leadership skills while helping other volunteers get the most out of a project! This training will help you develop team building skills, situational leadership skills, proper tool usage techniques, and volunteer care and safety protocols. Plus attending the Crew Leader training earns you mad skills and serious gold stars!

You will also be introduced to the field of ecological restoration and get hands-on practice as a restoration crew leader. WRV is pleased to be collaborating on this training with the Outdoor Stewardship Institute, TeamWorks TEENS, Inc, and Eldorado Canyon State Park

TRAINING FEE: $90
*Discounted Fee: $25
Scholarship are available! Please let us know if you need financial support, help finding transportation, or if there are any other barriers to participation that we can help with!

*(for current dues-paying WRV members or those how have volunteer twice in the last year. You can also get a reimbursement for the difference between what you paid 45$ upon request after completing two Crew Leader roles)

Scholarships are available to WRV volunteers on an individual basis. Email Rachel@wlrv.org or call 303.543.1411x8# for more information.


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Pollinator Habitat Restoration - Collaboration with Butterfly Pavilion

CANCELLED
Postponing until later in the year. Stay tuned for newly scheduled date.

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 08, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 50

WRV is collaborating with the Butterfly Pavilion, and Broomfield and Westminster Open Space, to restore native grassland habitat, with specific emphasis on improved habitat for pollinator species. More detail coming later.

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Crew Leader Training in Ecological Restoration - FORT COLLINS

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 08, 2017 - SundayApr 09, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Crew leaders are some of the most important people on any successful project, and provide a great value to the stewardship of public lands. Crew Leaders also play a key role in helping other volunteers get the most out of a project!

This training will help you develop team building skills, situational leadership skills, proper tool usage, and crew management. You will also be introduced to the field of ecological restoration and get hands-on practice with erosion control, seeding, and planting.

This training will be held at Campbell Valley (30 minutes north of Fort Collins), a virtual playground for people wanting to learn about and practice Ecological Restoration.


TRAINING FEE
Early Sign Up Until March 1
Regular Fee: $120
Discounted Fee: $25*

Regular Sign Up After March 1
Regular Fee: $130
Discounted Fee: $45*

*(for current dues-paying WRV members or those who have volunteered twice in the last year. You can also get a reimbursement for the difference between the regular and discounted fees after you've completed two Crew Leader roles this year.)

Scholarships are available to WRV volunteers on an individual basis. Call Nate at the office for more information. 970-493-2075 4#

DISCOUNTS and CANCELLATION POLICY.

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Myrtle Spurge Purge III (evening)

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Evening    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)

Date(s):
TuesdayApr 11, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Join us for another Spurge Purge! 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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Fort Collins Cooks in the Kitchen Night

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly

Date(s):
TuesdayApr 11, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 12

Cooks are some of the most important volunteers on a restoration project!

Have fun using your culinary skills with a great group of folks new and experienced to WRV! Together, we will cook some meals for future projects, while learning the basics of meal planning, budgeting, safe food prep and much more!

This training will involve effective hands-on learning! We will be meeting at 5 PM, cooking large batches of meals that can be frozen (both veggie and meat options), discussing the role of a Cook Team Member, then sitting down to enjoy great food and great company! With time for clean-up, we will wrap up by 8 PM.

Directions will be provided once you have registered.

We appreciate your interest in volunteering in this important and tasty way!

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Willow Harvest- Seaman Reservoir

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Morning

Date(s):
WednesdayApr 12, 2017 - WednesdayApr 12, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 10

Join us for a fun morning of willow harvesting in the beautiful Poudre River Canyon. We will meet in the morning at the Fort Collins office and carpool to the work site along the Seaman Reservoir.

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Wilderness First Aid Trainings-Fort Collins

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)

Date(s):
TuesdayApr 11, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 10
ThursdayApr 13, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 10
SaturdayApr 15, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 10

WRV is looking for volunteers willing to lend first aid support on our projects. Taking this valuable course will give you the skills and current certification to step up and help care for your fellow friends and volunteers!

Ever think about what you would do if someone needed your help in the back country? This course is designed to provide people with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to care for those who are injured or suddenly ill in remote locations. You will receive hands on practice time and participate in first aid scenarios that will sharpen your first aid skills and give you a chance to practice in "real life" situations.


3-day Course (16 hours)
This 16-hour course consists of 2 4-hour evening classroom sessions and an all-day field session to practice your newly acquired skills in real world scenarios.

Please Note: CPR instruction is NOT part of this Wilderness First Aid course. Individuals in remote locations needing CPR are rarely ever resuscitated. Some CPR issues are discussed such as when to give prolonged CPR, when not to start CPR, and when to stop CPR.


TRAINING FEE
Discounted Fee for CURRENT MEMBERS VOLUNTEERS (you've completed 2 projects in the last 2 years):
16 HR COURSE: $135.00

Regular Fee (get the discount - become a member first!):
16 HR COURSE: $195.00

For more info on fees: Info on WRV Fees
To become a member, simply go to this link and donate to WRV! Membership

This training will be instructed by Mark Rosoff with the Front Range Institute of Safety
NOTE LOCATION: This training will take place in Fort Collins.




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Button Rock Flood Restoration (North St. Vrain) 2

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Kiewit Infrastructure

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 15, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Since 2013, WRV volunteers have been breathing life back into our flood damage watersheds. Please join us as we begin work on North St Vrain Creek near Button Rock Reservoir. Your efforts will help protect the water supply for Lyons and Longmont by revegetating scoured stream banks, and restore riparian habitat for wildlife, birds and fish. Activities will include soil amendment to improve fertility, native seeding, diverse plantings of native trees and shrubs, and mulch application.

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Seaman Reservoir Stream Restoration

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 with adult supervision (more info)
Sponsors
City of Greeley

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 15, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15
SundayApr 16, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

In the aftermath of the High Park and Hewlett Gulch Fires, increased runoff from denuded uplands dumped massive quantities of sediment into and simultaneously eroded their drainages.

One substantial tributary to the North Fork of the Poudre River was affected: destabilizing the creek bed and depositing tons of sediment in the Seaman Reservoir. In 2012, immediately after the fire, a small adventurous volunteer crew camped for a week and worked to stabilize the headwaters of this unnamed creek. Now we're looking for another small intrepid crew to return for a weekend and help stabilize its confluence with the North Fork.

Volunteers will be hiking in just over a mile along the reservoir to the mouth of the tributary camping and installing a series of in-stream timber and rock structures and planting woody vegetation to reinforce the exposed and unraveling stream corridor.



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Speaker Series: Finding Yourself on the Colorado Trail

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)

Date(s):
TuesdayApr 18, 2017 - TuesdayApr 18, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Thru-hikers Share Photos, Stories and Lessons Learned

What does it take to thru-hike the 500-mile Colorado Trail? Join us for this free presentation and Q&A with CT thru-hikers Walkman, Tumbles, Serendipity and Rawah Ranger. This panel of four will share unique experiences and different perspectives about the weeks they spent on one of the most beautiful long trails in America (which includes a few segments that have been WRV restoration projects!) Learn why they did it, how they did it, and lessons learned along the way.

Date: Tuesday, April 18th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Jax Mercantile, 1200 North College Avenue, Fort Collins

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Broomfield Open Space Riparian Restoration

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 10 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Broomfield Open Space, City and County

Date(s):
FridayApr 21, 2017 - FridayApr 21, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 70

Students from Legacy High School will be restoring habitat in Broomfield Open Space! The Quail Creek corridor through Plaster open space was treated for the control of Russian-olives leaving an area in need to habitat restoration. The area has had some work completed toward this goal, and youth will continue this work through plantings of native shrubs and trees as well as forbs and grasses.     


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Myrtle Spurge Purge IV - Earth Day

SCHEDULED
Come join us to celebrate Earth Day!

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 22, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 45

EARTH DAY!!! 9am-4pm approx

Join us for another Spurge Purge! 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.

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Left Hand Creek Flood Restoration 3 - Earth Day

SCHEDULED
Come join us to celebrate Earth Day and help restore Left Hand Creek, severely damaged by Sep 2013 flood.

Intermediate    ●    Evening
Sponsors
Audubon Rockies
Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 22, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Since 2013, WRV volunteers have been breathing life back into our flood damage watersheds. This year, WRV is preparing our largest slate ever of river restoration projects.

Please join us as we begin the flood restoration process at a site on Left Hand Creek, just north of Boulder. Your efforts will help protect our water supply and restore wildlife habitat by revegetating scoured stream banks. Activities will include native seeding, diverse plantings of native trees and shrubs, soil enhancing amendments and mulch, and erosion control fabric. Our revegetation work comes after large scale equipment work has reconstructed the channel and streambanks. This project is an opportunity to learn about river restoration at it's best.

WRV is pleased to collaborate on this project with LeftHand Watershed Oversight Group, Iron Woman Construction and Flywater.

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Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Restoration 1

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Date(s):
MondayApr 24, 2017 - MondayApr 24, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Students from Aurora Public Schools Online Program will be restoring wetland habitat in partnership with the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield! Recently, the creek underwent some reconstruction and is in need of willow planting and painting. These native plants will provide critical habitat for native wildlife in this beautiful oasis in the heart of the Botanic Gardens.

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Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Restoration 2

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Date(s):
WednesdayApr 26, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Students from Horizons K-8 Charter School will be restoring wetland habitat in partnership with the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield! Recently, the creek underwent some reconstruction and is in need of willow planting and painting. These native plants will provide critical habitat for native wildlife in this beautiful oasis in the heart of the Botanic Gardens.

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Campbell Valley Restoration 1

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
The Nature Conservancy -- Phantom Canyon Office
Audubon Rockies

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 29, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

8am-4pm approx

Just 20 miles north of Fort Collins exists one of the most important mountains-to-plains ecological transition zones in the Front Range-The Laramie Foothills Conservation Area. However, in the early 1900's, Campbell Creek was used to transport irrigation water while the North Poudre Irrigation Canal was being completed. The elevation of the creek bottom was down cut by approximately 40 feet, causing the elevation of the valley's tributaries to drop commensurately.

This massive change in the watershed caused significant head-cutting and down-cutting of every tributary in the valley, resulting in a loss of an estimated 120,000,000 (that's right, 120Million!) cubic feet of sediment. Now, erosion gullies range from 5 to 30 feet deep and run up to 1,000 feet across the land and ever increasing leakage from the canal continues to threaten the valley's stability.


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Estes Valley Flood Restoration

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Audubon Rockies

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 06, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Join us on the boundary of Rocky Mountain National Park as we work to restore the scenic Fall River! We'll be heading up to Estes Park and working alongside the river to restore riparian vegetation that was ripped out during the 2013 Flood. This site is located just outside of the Fall River entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Volunteers can expect a full day of planting and reseeding native plants along the river's edge. We will also be installing erosion matting, adding soil amendment, and applying mulch to protect seedlings and seeds.

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Med Sage Removal I (Boulder County)

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 10 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 06, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Building on more than a decade of profoundly successful progress, WRV continues the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean Sage from Boulder County. Volunteers will dig up plants on City of Boulder and Boulder County Open Space Lands north of Boulder and west of Longmont.

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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Project Leadership Training 2 - Boulder

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 06, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Project Leaders work to organize an entire restoration project often starting planning months before the project. They enjoy working with a great team of fellow volunteers to take the helm of a WRV restoration project and lead it to success. If leadership, teamwork, project planning and getting "behind the scenes" with restoration sound like they're up your alley, you're a great candidate to become a WRV Project Leader! Consider taking our training to become a Project Leader or Assistant Project Leader for this season.

WHAT IS PROJECT LEADERSHIP?
The Project Leader organizes the project leadership team; works with land managers and WRV staff; and is the single person with the comprehensive "big picture" view of a project. This role is the behind the scenes organization of WRV restoration projects. WRV will depend upon many dedicated volunteers to complete 100+ stewardship projects on public lands this season. Most WRV projects are managed by a leadership team that includes a Project Leader, Technical Advisor, Lead Cook and Cook team, Tool Manager and sometimes others. The Project Leader coordinates the team and ensures that all aspects of a project are taken care of prior to the project event.

Most new Project Leaders start off as an Assistant Project Leader, working with an experienced Project Leader to learn the ropes of project management. Assisting is a great way to gradually step into the role.

**You're never on your own as a leader in WRV - fellow volunteers and the WRV staff are here to help you through every step of the process.**

**Note that Project Leading is very different than Crew Leading. Crew Leaders are responsible for managing a crew during the project day, whereas Project Leaders are responsible for the planning and project management leading up to the project and big picture logistics on the day of hte project.**

An integral part of becoming a WRV Project Leader is understanding WRV projects and leadership team. It is recommended that all PL trainees complete or will complete basic Crew Leader training or have sufficient project experience. If you have no experience with WRV but really want to get involved at a higher level planning of projects, we encourage you to take the training and then volunteer on a couple of projects to understand how WRV events operate before taking on a leading role. It is also recommended that all PL trainees have a background in managing projects, though not necessarily restoration projects. Candidates with strong organizational/planning skills can also be successful in this role.


TRAINING FEE
Regular Fee: $50
Discounted Fee: $20 (for current dues-paying members and volunteers, this fee covers the cost to print the manual and provide food).

Scholarships are available. If you are an active WRV member or have project management experience, do not let the cost stop you from becoming the next great WRV Project Leader. Please call the office to discuss.
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Beginner Sawyer Training- Lyons

SCHEDULED
Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Larimer County Conservation Corps

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 29, 2017 - SundayApr 30, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 4
SaturdayMay 06, 2017 - SundayMay 07, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 4

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 Lyons Fire Department to provide this beginner chainsaw training course. Training will be facilitated by experienced local wildland firefighters. Upon successful completion of course and evaluation, you will receive a Missoula Technology and Development Center (MTDC) certificate of completion.

Never used a chainsaw but always wanted to learn? This training will teach you everything you need to know be a safe and competent sawyer.
Have some experience with a chainsaw but no formal training? This is a great way to learn proper cutting techniques and safety procedures for when you are cutting firewood or trimming limbs in your backyard!



Training consists of 4 mandatory days of classwork and fieldwork.
* Saturday & Sunday, April 29-30 9am - 4pm Classroom instruction
* Saturday & Sunday, May 6-7 9am - 4pm Full-day hands-on training near Lyons, CO.

ALL FOUR DAYS WILL BE REQUIRED, no exceptions.

To ensure proper instructor to student ratio, space is extremely limited.

We hope you'll join us for our another year of volunteer chainsaw training at WRV!

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Fillius Park Sawyer Project

SCHEDULED
Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)

Date(s):
FridayMay 12, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 8

Come join us at our first ever sawyer project at Fillius Park! A gem of the Denver Mountain Parks system, this park near Evergreen is in need of a little TLC. On Friday, we'll be doing some cutting in preparation for a larger fuels reduction project that will take place the following weekend.
By thinning dense stands of trees and piling and removing debris, sawyers will help protect water supply and improve forest health in this valuable and beautiful area.

To register for this event, please contact the WRV office at 303-543-1411 or email Claire at clairem@wlrv.org.
You must be a certified sawyer to participate. Not certified? WRV is offering multiple trainings this year! For more information on these and other training opportunities, check out the Trainings tab on our website or contact us for more information.

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Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction I - Sawyer Project

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 13, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Calling all certified sawyers!!

For the third year, WRV is partnering with the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, The Nature Conservancy, Larimer County Conservation Corps and the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch to reduce the risk of severe wildfire in the Elkhorn Creek area. Not only is this area important wildlife habitat, it's also special because of it's proximity to surrounding National Forest and crucial to the health of the Cache La Poudre River watershed.

By thinning dense stands of trees and piling and removing debris, sawyers will help protect water supply and improve forest health in this valuable and beautiful area. Let's continue the excellent progress we made last year!

To sign up for this project, please contact the WRV office at 303-543-1411 or by email at info@wlrv.org.


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Crew Leader Training in Trails - Eldorado Canyon

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 13, 2017 - SundayMay 14, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 12

Crew leaders are the face of WRV. You serve as ambassadors to the volunteer public, share your people skills to create a great work environment, and get to build a team in only a short few hours!

Crew leadership is a great way to enhance your stewardship of public lands and build your professional leadership skills while helping other volunteers get the most out of a project! This training will help you develop team building skills, situational leadership skills, proper tool usage techniques, and volunteer care and safety protocols.

You will also be introduced to trail construction techniques and get hands-on practice as a crew leader. WRV is pleased to be collaborating on this training with the Outdoor Stewardship Institute (formerly known as the Colorado Outdoor Training Initiative) and Brainard Lake Recreation Area.

This training covers the same crew management skills as our Crew Leader in Ecological Restoration but the technical component focuses on trail work. If you have already taken our Crew Leader in Ecological Restoration course you are welcome to take this training but there will be a good deal of overlap.

Please consider taking a trail skills training which will provide more in-depth technical practice.

TRAINING FEE
Early Sign Up Until March 01 (must pay before end of early sign up date to get discount)
Regular Fee: $120
Discounted Fee: $25*

Regular Sign Up After March 01
Regular Fee: $130
Discounted Fee: $45*

*(for current dues-paying WRV members or those how have volunteer twice in the last year. You can also get a reimbursement for the difference between what you paid 45$ upon request after completing two Crew Leader roles)

Scholarships are available to WRV volunteers on an individual basis. Call Taylor at the office for more information. 303-543-1411

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Myrtle Spurge Purge (Exxel Outdoors project)

SCHEDULED
Please do not sign up for this project unless you are an employee of Exxel Outdoors.

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Exxel Outdoors

Date(s):
FridayMay 19, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Exxel Outdoor employees are joining the Weed Warrior movement and purgin' spurge!

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. Exxel will join us to dig up this weed (before it takes over our beloved state) and make an impact as they celebrate, one day early, the first-ever Colorado Public Lands Day.


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Fillius Park Forest Thinning and Fuels Reduction

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 12 with adult supervisor (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 20, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 50

This gem of the Denver Mountain Parks system is just outside of Evergreen, CO. We'll be working in this area with certified WRV sawyers to do unique work in improving forest health within the park.

By thinning dense stands of trees and piling and removing debris, volunteers will help protect water supply and improve forest health in this valuable and beautiful area. No experience is necessary--simply show up ready to work and learn, and our crew leaders will show you the ropes! And on top of it, this day is the first ever Colorado Public Lands Day, so let's celebrate our treasured public lands!

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Med Sage Removal II - City of Boulder (Evening)

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 10 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
WednesdayMay 24, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

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.

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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Dedisse Park Trail Reroute - National Trails Day

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum 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):
SaturdayJun 03, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 45

Come join us to celebrate National Trails Day at Dedisse Park!

Located just outside Evergreen, Dedisse Park protects the watershed and forest above Evergreen Lake. Despite the great natural beauty of this Denver Mountain Park the area is being heavily damaged by off trail use and erosion. The mess of unsanctioned trails that braids across the landscape is the root cause of this damage. In a huge multi-project effort volunteers will reverse this trend by closing damaged areas and helping create a single sustainable trail for people through the park. Once finished, the Park and everyone who enjoys it will be much better off. Volunteers will transplant, seed, install erosion control structures and build new sections of trail. There is a short hike in to the work areas from the trail head.

No experience with restoration or trail building is needed; we will have trained crew leaders to make sure you have a great project. See you out there!

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Young Gulch Trail Construction I - National Trails Day

SCHEDULED
Come celebrate National Trails Day with us!

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Fund to Restore Colorado Trails, Parks & Waterways

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 03, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

The Young Gulch trail was a very popular mountain biking and hiking destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through large sections of the valley, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in the 2013 floods. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is gone. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail that will not be as susceptible to flooding and will have much less impact to the creek. WRV is very pleased to have a chance to collaborate with the US Forest Service, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.




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Cook Training 2- Dedisse

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 03, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 5

Cooks are some of the most important volunteers on a restoration project!

Have fun using your culinary skills with a great group of folks while learning the basics of project support, including meal planning and budgeting, safe food prep, camp setup, cleanup, take down, and many other camp related support issues.

This training will involve effective hands-on learning: work on a REAL project with certified lead cooks, to learn the ropes and build your confidence.

Trainees will work with staff and veteran Lead Cooks to plan, prep and execute a project day's meals - including breakfast and simple sandwich buffet lunch, for a group of Crew Leader Trainees, possibly chili, soup or more.

Once the training is complete, you're ready to become a Cook Team Member for our many restoration projects in beautiful prairie, foothill and mountain settings.

We request a commitment to at least one restoration project during the regular 2016 season - April - November. We appreciate your interest in volunteering in this important and tasty way!

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Med Sage Removal III (NOAA) Evening

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 10 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
TuesdayJun 06, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Building on more than a decade of profoundly successful progress, WRV continues the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean Sage from Boulder County. Volunteers will dig up plants on NOAA Property.

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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Instructor in Crew Leading

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)

Date(s):
WednesdayJun 07, 2017 - SaturdayJun 10, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 10

This training includes an evening segment on Wednesday, June 7th and a full-day segment on Saturday, June 10th.

Crew Leaders are what make WRV projects amazing and what makes Crew Leaders amazing are the instructors that teach our trainings.
Master level trainers will lead this course in how to present all the material in the OSI/WRV Crew Leader in Ecological Restoration and in Trails. If you have great crew lead experience and want to help us build the community of crew leaders now is your chance!

Note: This training focuses on instruction and teaching at future trainings, thus it is acceptable to take this for either trails OR ecological restoration. Your technical background from projects will determine your ability to lead technical sections on future trainings.

This course is being offered for free to those who are able to instruct at one or more of WRV's CL trainings in 2017.

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

TRAINING FEE
Regular Fee: $120
Discounted Fee: $0 (if you can commit to instruct at one of WRV's CL trainings later in the year. Please call Matt at 303 543 1411 ext. 2# to discuss.)

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

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Gilbert Russian Olive Removal - Sawyer

SCHEDULED
Very Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)

Date(s):
FridayJun 09, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 10

Attention Sawyers: We're headed back to Gilbert!
We'll be following up on our work from last year to monitor and continue removing invasive Russian Olive. Russian olive quickly takes over stream sides chocking out native riparian vegetation. It interferes with nutrient cycling and taxes water reserves.

Trained WRV sawyers will be using chainsaws to remove large invasive crack willows surrounding the reservoir. The stumps will be treated and all woody debris will be chipped on site at a later date. This project is a great opportunity for sawyers to take their skills to the next level in a safe and encouraging environment!

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Rocky Mountain Willow Harvest

CANCELLED
This project has been postpone until 2018. It's a great project and worth the wait! For those already registered, please stay tuned for another project opportunity that may occur on the same weekend.

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)

Date(s):
FridayJun 09, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Do you love moraine park? Steamy elk breath in the cold morning or fishing the willow flats of the parks headwaters streams? Rocky Mountain National Park has given so much to the community of Northern Colorado and its time to give back! Over browsing by elk and pressure from visitors have taken their toll on this uniquely western destination. But with a little help from its friends Rocky Mountain park can reverse these trends and stay beautiful. Join us as we have the rare opportunity to do restoration within the park boundaries!

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Platte River Island Habitat Restoration

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 17, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 35

Colorado's rocky mountains get all the glory, but a few birders know what wonderful habitat still exists on Colorado's plains. Nestled between farm fields on either side, the South Platte riparian corridor is a highway of traffic for birds, mammals and fishes. This spring WRV will mobilize EAST of I-25 to restore an island that is eroding away after the 2013 floods. Because who doesn't want to spend a day on an island?


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Rocky Mountain Willow Planting

CANCELLED
This project has been postpone until 2018. It's a great project and worth the wait! For those already registered, please stay tuned for another project opportunity that may occur on the same weekend.

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 with parent (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 17, 2017 - SundayJun 18, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Are you just dying to camp out to Rocky Mountain National Park??
This overnight planting project is the perfect opportunity!

Join WRV to plant a large batch of willows right in the park!

These willows, harvested by WRV volunteers on a previous project and grown out at the WRV Fort Collins Nursery, are destined for greatness in restoring large areas affected by the 2013 floods.



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Youth Educational Program
Ecological Leadership Academy

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 (more info)

Date(s):
MondayJun 19, 2017 - ThursdayJun 22, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 20

The first-ever youth Ecological Leadership Academy will combine Crew Leader Training with professional development, field science, outdoor recreation, and all-around awesomeness in 4 fun days!

Participants will:
*Earn Crew Leader certification from the Outdoor Stewardship Initiative
*Learn technical restoration skills
*Hike in Eldorado Canyon State Park and explore Colorado's unique ecology
*Access professional development from experts in the field
*Gain valuable leadership skills that directly relate to daily lives
*Have a blast with other youth environmental leaders

This is a great opportunity to build your resume, learn valuable skills, earn volunteer hours, and have fun (we promise!).

TRAINING FEE: $180
*Discounted Fee: $60
Scholarship are available! Please let us know if you need financial support, help finding transportation, or if there are any other barriers to participation that we can help with!

*(for current dues-paying WRV members or those how have volunteer twice in the last year. You can also get a reimbursement for the difference between what you paid 45$ upon request after completing two Crew Leader roles)

Email Rachel@wlrv.org or call 303.543.1411x8# for more information.

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Beginner Sawyer Training - Fort Collins

SCHEDULED
Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Larimer County Conservation Corps

Date(s):
MondayJun 19, 2017 - ThursdayJun 22, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 6

Trained sawyers play an important role in restoration and trail projects. We use them to remove invasive species, thin dense "dog hair" stands for forest health, remove "hazard trees", remove fallen trees that block roads or trails, make log check dams for erosion control, and remove or limb trees for trail construction.

WRV is partnering with Larimer County Conservation Corps to provide this beginner chainsaw training course (S-212). Training will be facilitated by top notch instructors from Colorado Firecamp. Upon successful completion of course and evaluation, you will receive an S-212 certificate of completion and a sawyer pocket card indicating your level of certification. This training is good for volunteers that have a career in the Natural Resources field or want to be, especially if they are interested in firefighting. You get all of this at a GREATLY discounted price!!

Training consists of 4 mandatory days of classwork and fieldwork.
* Monday & Tuesday 9am - 5pm Classroom instruction in Fort Collins
* Thursday & Friday 9am - 5pm Full-day hands-on training at the Boy Scout Ranch near Red Feather, CO. Camping will be available.
ALL FOUR DAYS WILL BE REQUIRED, no exceptions.


YOU MUST PAY THE $225.00 ($200 for members) FEE BEFORE SECURING YOUR PLACE.

We hope you'll join us for our another year of volunteer chainsaw training at WRV!

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Trail Skills Training (Young Gulch)

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 with adult (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 24, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 10

Learn trail skills close to home at Young Gulch, near Fort Collins!

WRV is collaborating with PWV, CATS and the Overland Mountain Bike Club to bring you the best possible training in the basics of trail construction and maintenance. We'll cover basic trail construction, drainage structures, rock steps, and more. This training offers a nice complement to the restoration and leadership skills emphasized at other WRV trainings and projects.

This is a full day of field training at Young Gulch.


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Rock Skills Training (Young Gulch)

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 with adult (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 24, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 10

Learn trail skills close to home at Young Gulch, near Fort Collins!

WRV is collaborating with PWV, CATS and the Overland Mountain Bike Club to bring you the best possible training in the basics of rock structures for trail construction and maintenance. We'll cover rock steps, rock walls, and more. This training offers a nice complement to the restoration and leadership skills emphasized at other WRV trainings and projects.

This is a full day of field training at Young Gulch.


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Young Gulch Trail Construction 2 (CATS adopt)

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Fund to Restore Colorado Trails, Parks & Waterways
Jax Mercantile

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 24, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40
SundayJun 25, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

The Young Gulch trail was a very popular mountain biking and hiking destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through large sections of the valley, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in the 2013 floods. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is gone. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail that will not be as susceptible to flooding and will have much less impact to the creek. WRV is very pleased to have a chance to collaborate with the US Forest Service, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi year effort.




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Brainard Finale Project

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Exxel Outdoors

Date(s):
FridayJun 30, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

This is it! We're finally wrapping things up at Brainard Lake. Whether you've joined us for zero, one, or twenty projects at Brainard...come help us put the finishing touches on the Long Lake Connector Trail at the WRV/Brainard Grand Finale!

The Brainard Lake Recreation area is one of the most treasured recreation areas on the front-range. Towering wilderness peaks surround, lakes, trails, and glaciers in this outdoor playground. All this beauty and adventure have led to so many people visiting the area that the USFS developed a new Brainard Gateway Trailhead. The new Gateway moves hikers, bikers, and skiers out away from the Wilderness areas while still providing exceptional recreational experiences. The Gateway has been very successful but it is not fully connected to the trail system causing ecological damage as people try to find their way without a sustainable trail and safety risks for those that choose to hike along the road.

Join us this summer to alleviate these problems while spending time surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Volunteers will have the chance to help put the finishing touches on the trail between the Gateway and Long Lake.

We are once again happy to be partnering with the US Forest Service, Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance, and the Colorado Mountain Club on this project and are grateful for funding from Aspen Meadows Veterinary Specialists and Colorado State Trails Program.

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Beaver Brook Trail Project

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 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):
SaturdayJul 01, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 50

The historic and very popular Beaver Brook Trail, originally constructed by CMC in 1917, begins just north of Genesee and winds northeast to Windy Saddle on Lookout Mountain, near Golden. While it's location is conveniently located near the Denver-metro area, the trail offers hikers a remote back-country feel.

The trail has five stream crossings, which were damaged during the September 2013 flood. WRV will begin a two year process to conduct maintenance on the trail and repair the five bridges. This year, volunteers will focus on reconstructing one or two of the bridges. We'll hike in about a mile, help move log stringers into place, and then attach decking to the logs. Join us for a fun day working near a beautiful creek!


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Phantom Canyon

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 with an adult (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 08, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Continuing on WRV work from years' past, we'll be working to restore Phantom Canyon again in 2017! Enjoy a rare opportunity to visit the spectacular Phantom Canyon Preserve, located 25 miles northwest of Fort Collins. Phantom Canyon spans six miles without any interruption from roads, offering habitat for 100 bird species and a varied topography and soil composition that supports 200 plant species. In order to protect this special part of the Laramie Foothills' ecological heritage, The Nature Conservancy only allows visitors onto the Preserve as part of special guided hikes and volunteer projects. Volunteers will join a multi-part effort to control invasive weeds that would, if left untouched, undo the area's ecological balance. WRV will remove several weed species along the Cache le Poudre River corridor, preventing their spread.

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Fillius Park Trail and Habitat Restoration (TEENS, Inc.)

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 12 with adult supervisor (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.

Date(s):
WednesdayJul 12, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 50
FridayJul 14, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Come join us at our first ever project at Fillius Park! A gem of the Denver Mountain Parks system, this park near Evergreen is in need of a little care. We'll be closing, re-routing, and restoring the trail system to make it a bit more sustainable, and a bit more habitat-friendly. No trail or restoration experience required! Come work with us for the day and our awesome crew leaders will teach you everything you need to know.

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Mid-Season Tool Fest - Boulder

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)

Date(s):
ThursdayJul 20, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 10

Volunteers will gather for our first annual mid-season Tool Fest! We have found that we could really benefit from a mid-season cleanup to push us all through the season uncluttered. We will do some cleaning, sharpening, painting, oiling tools, and re-organizing of our tool shed. Tool Fest is always a great time. Come join us after work on Thursday July 20 @ 5:30!

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Lafayette Family Stewardship Project

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 22, 2017 - SaturdayJul 22, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 100

Youth and families from around Lafayette will be joining WRV for a fun day spent outside along the Coal Creek Trail. Volunteers will be weed warriors, pulling out invasive teasel and lambsquarter; they'll also get the chance to plant native species to provide cover and restore these areas. Youth leaders from the community will be crew leading this project, too!

This project is part of the Nature Kids/Jovenes de la Naturaleza initiative.

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Advanced Trail Skills- Rock Skills with Mike McHugh of Eldorado Canyon State Park

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 22, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 12

Learn advanced trail construction and add to your skills as a WRV crew leader or help you be an expert on trail projects.
Love trails and love rocks? This training is for you. Rock work is a technically challenging but extremely rewarding advanced component of trail construction and maintenance. Working with Mike McHugh, one of the best rock experts on the Front Range, you will learn the principles behind rock structures.

This rock work skills training is primarily intended for anyone who has trail building experience and wants to take it to the next level. (If you do not have basic trail experience, please sign up for one of our basic trails training listed above.

The training will include a full day in the field and will be very hands on.

This is a full day of training.

TRAINING FEE
Regular Fee: 25$
Discounted Fee: Free (for current members and volunteers)

DISCOUNTS and CANCELLATION POLICY.


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Young Gulch Trail Construction 3

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Fund to Restore Colorado Trails, Parks & Waterways
Jax Mercantile

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 29, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 35
SundayJul 30, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 35

The Young Gulch trail was a very popular mountain biking and hiking destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through large sections of the valley, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in the 2013 floods. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is gone. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail that will not be as susceptible to flooding and will have much less impact to the creek. WRV is very pleased to have a chance to collaborate with the US Forest Service, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi year effort.




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Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction II - Sawyer Project

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 05, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Calling all certified sawyers!!

For the third year, WRV is partnering with the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, The Nature Conservancy, Larimer County Conservation Corps and the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch to reduce the risk of severe wildfire in the Elkhorn Creek area. Not only is this area important wildlife habitat, it's also special because of it's proximity to surrounding National Forest and crucial to the health of the Cache La Poudre River watershed.

By thinning dense stands of trees and piling and removing debris, sawyers will help protect water supply and improve forest health in this valuable and beautiful area. Let's continue the excellent progress we made last year!

To sign up for this project, please contact the WRV office at 303-543-1411 or by email at info@wlrv.org.


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Crew Leader Training in Ecological Restoration - At Swan Drainage Project

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 05, 2017 - SundayAug 06, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 12

Join us for another of our popular on project Crew Leader Trainings. Spending the weekend learning, camping and training on an actual project with a small group of other trainees will provide a small outdoor classroom feel and allow you to work closely with your instructors.

Crew leaders are some of the most important people on any successful project. Crew Leaders are give technical training/notes for each project and then get to lead a crew of 5-8 other volunteers making sure everyone has fun, stays safe, and gets the important work done.

Crew leadership is a great way to enhance your stewardship of public lands and build your professional leadership skills while helping other volunteers get the most out of a project! This training will help you develop team building skills, situational leadership skills, proper tool usage techniques, and volunteer care and safety protocols.

You will also be introduced to the field of ecological restoration and get hands-on practice as a restoration crew leader. WRV is pleased to be collaborating on this training with the Outdoor Stewardship Institute.
TRAINING FEE
Early Sign Up Until March 01 (must pay before end of early sign up date to get discount)
Regular Fee: $120
Discounted Fee: $25*

Regular Sign Up After June 01
Regular Fee: $130
Discounted Fee: $45*

*(for current dues-paying WRV members or those how have volunteer twice in the last year. You can also get a reimbursement for the difference between what you paid and the discounted 45$ upon request, after completing two Crew Leader roles)

Scholarships are available to WRV volunteers on an individual basis. Call Taylor at the office for more information. 303-543-1411

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North Swan Forest Rehab

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by adult (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 05, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40
SundayAug 06, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

The Swan Drainage just outside of Breckenridge, CO is a gorgeous valley that has seen massive impacts from mining and heavy use. This popular area sees all kinds of users from Colorado Trail hikers, to snowmobilers, to folks looking for a place to camp. While many of the people that visit these areas stay on sanctioned trails and recreate responsibly, there are some who are traveling off trail and causing damage to the surrounding ecosystem. On this project, we hope to help both the land and the community by restoring and protecting a part of the north fork of this drainage. Through the construction of a fence and improvements to select camping sites, people will still be able to enjoy the area but the fence will keep people from going all over and allow us to seed and plant many degraded sections, adding and improving habitat. On this fun overnight camping project, you will enjoy the beauty Colorado has to offer while helping preserve and restore it for the future. Delicious meals are provided and no experience is needed to come help out.



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YSI Overnight @ Georgia Pass

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Mid Week Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)

Date(s):
MondayAug 07, 2017 - TuesdayAug 08, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 12

A group of teens from Boulder's Youth Services Initiative will join WRV for overnight camping and stewardship. For many of the participants in the group, it'll be their first experience with camping.

Although the specific work is still TBD, we can be sure there will be lots of opportunity to enjoy the scenery, eat delicious camp food, get dirty, and make a big impact.



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Indian Peaks Wilderness Trail Project

SCHEDULED
Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Colorado Mountain Club - Boulder Group

Date(s):
FridayAug 11, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25
SaturdayAug 12, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25
SundayAug 13, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25

This will be one of the more adventurous projects of the season but also one of the most rewarding. We will set up a basecamp in the Brainard Lake Area. The camp will be accessible by vehicle. From there, we will work on restoring the Jean Lunning trail which circumnavigates Long Lake. Work includes a variety of maintenance and restoration techniques including building rock structures, drainages, bridge work, and transplanting. We will wake each morning to warm breakfast already prepared and hike short distances to reach the work sites. This is a three day project, Friday-Sunday. Volunteers are encouraged to show up Thursday night to set up their camp.
WRV has been working in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Brainard Lake area for over a decade. These projects are one of the highlights of the season and always a great time!

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Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction III - Sawyer Project

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 19, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Calling all certified sawyers!!

For the third year, WRV is partnering with the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, The Nature Conservancy, Larimer County Conservation Corps and the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch to reduce the risk of severe wildfire in the Elkhorn Creek area. Not only is this area important wildlife habitat, it's also special because of it's proximity to surrounding National Forest and crucial to the health of the Cache La Poudre River watershed.

By thinning dense stands of trees and piling and removing debris, sawyers will help protect water supply and improve forest health in this valuable and beautiful area. Let's continue the excellent progress we made last year!

To sign up for this project, please contact the WRV office at 303-543-1411 or by email at info@wlrv.org.


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Summit and Echo Lakes - Mt. Evans Restoration

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
REI - National Office

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 19, 2017 - SundayAug 20, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Echo Lake and Summit Lake Parks are heavily impacted by recreational use. WRV has been working on these popular and majestic areas for several years with amazing results.

This year, volunteers will be repairing and restoring shoreline at Echo Lake and planting small alpine plants to restore native tundra near Summit Lake. Both lakes offer breathtaking views in a stunning alpine environment.

Friday night arrival is recommended - 10,600 feet in elevation - to acclimate yourself prior to working early the next morning.
Daily work schedule: approx 7:30am-4:30pm

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Young Gulch Trail Construction 4

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Fund to Restore Colorado Trails, Parks & Waterways

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 26, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 45

The Young Gulch trail was a very popular mountain biking and hiking destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through large sections of the valley, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in the 2013 floods. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is gone. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail that will not be as susceptible to flooding and will have much less impact to the creek. WRV is very pleased to have a chance to collaborate with the US Forest Service, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi year effort.




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Crew Leader Training in Induced Meander Techniques - Gunnison

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Mid Week Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)

Date(s):
WednesdaySep 06, 2017 - ThursdaySep 07, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Training: September 6-7th
Project: September 7-10th

Crew leadership is a great way to enhance your stewardship of public lands and build your professional leadership skills while helping other volunteers get the most out of a project! This training will help you develop team building skills, situational leadership skills, proper tool usage techniques, and volunteer care and safety protocols.

This training will begin a day ahead of the project and continue concurrently with our Upper Gunnison Basin Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration Project and will incorporate the teachings of Erosion Control expert Bill Zeedyk.

WRV host this Crew Leader Training specifically for interested people local to the Upper Gunnison Basin area in order to train a local leadership force that can continue this important work in years to come! This training normally costs $120 to take, but we're offering it to Gunnison Area residents free of charge!

Crew Leaders attending this training must be available for the all or most of the remainder of the project dates as well, mentorship on projects is an important component of the training.

Project: September 7-10th

Working above 8000ft, Volunteers will help to build small rock structures in small streams and drainage's to raise the water table helping to support plants and insects needed by wildlife. The project is in conjunction with the Gunnison Climate Working Group**

Camping is available and encouraged at the nearby Miller Ranch State Wildlife Area, owned and managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Food will be provided by talented WRV Volunteer Cooks!


Call Morgan at the WRV office for more information: 303-543-1411 ext 3#


**Gunnison Climate Working Group Members: Bureau of Land Management-Gunnison Field Office, Colorado Natural Heritage Program; Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Gunnison County, Gunnison Conservation District, Gunnison County Stockgrowers Association, Lake Fork Valley Conservancy, National Center for Atmospheric Research, National Park Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rocky Mountain Biological Lab, The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Western State Colorado University, and Western Water Assessment.


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Mt Elbert Alpine Trail Restoration

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
REI - National Office

Date(s):
FridaySep 08, 2017 - SundaySep 10, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

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.

Fall Colors! This project is located in one of Colorado's most beautiful fall locations. It is surrounded by aspen groves and our timing should be just about perfect for an amazing display of golden yellows!

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 car 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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Upper Gunnison Basin Habitat Restoration

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Mid Week Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Audubon Rockies
USFS - Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison Nat'l Forest - Gunnison Ranger District

Date(s):
WednesdaySep 06, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30
ThursdaySep 07, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30
FridaySep 08, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30
SaturdaySep 09, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

WED-THURS-FRI-SAT
(SUN Travel day)
WE'RE BACK!!! This will be our fourth year of working in the Upper Gunnison Basin to restore native wet meadows - critical habitat for Gunnison Sage Grouse.

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 Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, US Forest Service and others 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).

CREW LEADER TRAINING AVAILABLE
Crew Leaders play an important role in large organized volunteer events by explaining tool use, overseeing construction methods, and maintaining a safe and fun working environment. Volunteer projects in the Upper Gunnison Basin will continue year after year. Well trained, experienced leaders will be a vital part of the overall success of these projects. We hope to recruit and train many new leaders in the Gunnison Basin to continue this important habitat work into the future.

Anyone interested in participating in our Crew Leader Training to Crew Lead for this project please contact Morgan Crowley at morgan@wlrv.org, or call 303-543-1411 Ext. 3# for more information.

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.
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Canyon Lakes Unauthorized Road Obliteration I Staging Day

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 16, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 10

More than 380,000 miles of dirt roads riddle our National Forests. However, not all of them were created equally, or legally. Besides the watershed impacts of roads, the USFS has estimated an $8.4 Billion dollar backlog of maintenance and reconstruction costs for these roads.

This is part of a project intended to close and restore the highest priority degraded roads in the Canyon Lakes Ranger District in Larimer County.

We just need 2-3 volunteers for a partial day trip Red Feather Lakes to set materials up along the road. It will involve loading and unloading a truck and trailer with bales of wood mulch, and then bouncing along FWD roads and dropping them off at regular intervals along the treatment area. We'll depart our Fort Collins facility at Noon and be back by 5ish

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Boulder Creek Russian Olive Removal - Sawyer Project at Kolb

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)

Date(s):
FridaySep 22, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Calling all certified sawyers!!!

Continue on work from last season and help restore habitat for eagles, red-tailed hawks and the Preble's Meadow jumping mouse, at the City of Boulder Kolb Open Space. We will be removing non-native Russian Olive trees, which are currently shading and stealing ground water from the Dry Creek riparian area, preventing native species from growing.

WRV is pleased to collaborate with City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks at this special site, normally closed to the public, with funding from them and the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

To register for this event, please contact the WRV office at 303-543-1411 or email Claire at clairem@wlrv.org.
You must be a certified sawyer to participate. Not certified? WRV is offering multiple trainings this year! For more information on these and other training opportunities, check out the Trainings tab on our website or contact us for more information.

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Peschel Wetland Restoration 1

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists P.C. - AMVS
Terra Foundation
Audubon Rockies
Fund to Restore Colorado Trails, Parks & Waterways

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 23, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Enjoy panoramic views of the Front Range and heal a local area devastated by the 2013 flood!

The flood from Sept 2013 on the St Vrain Creek breached several lakes and carved a new channel just east of the Boulder/Weld County line during the flood. The flood scoured away all stream side vegetation and trees, making these areas more prone to erosion and invasion by weeds, and poor habitat for fish and wildlife. Continuing our work from 2016, volunteers will help restore this wetland area by planting and reducing erosion before our invasive removal-specific project on October 28th (we'd love to see you there too!).



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Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction IV - Sawyer Project

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 23, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Calling all certified sawyers!!

For the third year, WRV is partnering with the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, The Nature Conservancy, Larimer County Conservation Corps and the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch to reduce the risk of severe wildfire in the Elkhorn Creek area. Not only is this area important wildlife habitat, it's also special because of it's proximity to surrounding National Forest and crucial to the health of the Cache La Poudre River watershed.

By thinning dense stands of trees and piling and removing debris, sawyers will help protect water supply and improve forest health in this valuable and beautiful area. Let's continue the excellent progress we made last year!

To sign up for this project, please contact the WRV office at 303-543-1411 or by email at info@wlrv.org.


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Dolores River Restoration and Tamarisk Removal

SCHEDULED
Come join us for National Public Lands Day!

Intermediate    ●    Mid Week Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Tamarisk Coalition
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
Audubon Rockies

Date(s):
FridaySep 29, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25
SaturdaySep 30, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25
SundayOct 01, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Take a volunteer vacation with WRV! Join us for this camp-out trip on our fourth year working to restore a native ecosystem inside the absolutely stunning Dolores River Canyon Wilderness Study Area. Volunteers will remove invasive Tamarisk trees and seed and plant native vegetation in "resource islands" throughout the area. This is a rare opportunity to camp with your WRV community and work in this truly scenic and historic area - once the stomping grounds of the infamous rimrockers and notable characters such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid! We'll be working with the Tamarisk Coalition and the Dolores River Restoration Partnership on this one, and we can't wait!



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Canyon Lakes Road Obliteration - National Public Lands Day

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
WoodStraw

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 30, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30
SundayOct 01, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Come join us on National Public Lands Day! We're going back to George creek to finish the road restoration component of this exciting Greenback Cutthroat reintroduction project! By de-compacting, re-contouring, stabilizing, and re-vegetating another 3 miles of road this ongoing project is intended to improve the quality of the watershed, improve habitat, and enhance water quality in George and Cornelius Creeks; the future home of a new population of this threatened native species. Friday night arrival encouraged..

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National Forest Flood Restoration 2

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Audubon Rockies

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 07, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Since 2013, WRV volunteers have been breathing life back into our flood damage watersheds. So popular is the quality of WRV brand volunteerism, that more agencies than ever have requested our special brand of ecological restoration. As a result, WRV is preparing our largest slate ever of river restoration projects.

This project will take place at either Left Hand Creek, Little Thompson, or James Creek; we'll update you when we have more info. Your efforts will help protect our water supply by revegetating scoured stream banks, and make a difference for the returning river otter, greenback cutthroat trout and the Preble's meadow jumping mouse. Activities will include native seeding, diverse plantings of native trees and shrubs, and soil healing amendments and mulch application.




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Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction V - Sawyer Project

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 07, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Calling all certified sawyers!!

For the third year, WRV is partnering with the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, The Nature Conservancy, Larimer County Conservation Corps and the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch to reduce the risk of severe wildfire in the Elkhorn Creek area. Not only is this area important wildlife habitat, it's also special because of it's proximity to surrounding National Forest and crucial to the health of the Cache La Poudre River watershed.

By thinning dense stands of trees and piling and removing debris, sawyers will help protect water supply and improve forest health in this valuable and beautiful area. Let's continue the excellent progress we made last year!

To sign up for this project, please contact the WRV office at 303-543-1411 or by email at info@wlrv.org.


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National Forest Flood Restoration 3

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 14, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Since 2013, WRV volunteers have been breathing life back into our flood damage watersheds. So popular is the quality of WRV brand volunteerism, that more agencies than ever have requested our special brand of ecological restoration. As a result, WRV is preparing our largest slate ever of river restoration projects.
This project will take place at either Left Hand Creek, Little Thompson, or James Creek; we'll update you when we have more info. Your efforts will help protect our water supply by revegetating scoured stream banks, and make a difference for the returning river otter, greenback cutthroat trout and the Preble's meadow jumping mouse. Activities will include native seeding, diverse plantings of native trees and shrubs, soil healing mulch application, exciting opportunities to work with construction contractors, beaver caging (we cage the plants, not the beavers) and much, much more.




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Boulder Creek Restoration - White Rocks

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 21, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

We're headed back to Boulder Creek, near the majestic White Rocks, to help restore habitat for eagles, red-tailed hawks, Northern Leopard Frog, and the Preble's Meadow jumping mouse. Following the removal of non-native crack willow that unnaturally shade out the under story, we'll plant a wide variety of native trees and shrubs, which provide habitat for wildlife.

WRV is pleased to collaborate with City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks at this special site, normally closed to the public, with funding from them and the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

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Vedauwoo Road Obliteration

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
WoodStraw

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 21, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30
SundayOct 22, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

This is a unique project located in Southern WYOMING! Come spend your weekend among the beautiful rocky outcrops of the Vedauwoo Recreation Area and re-vegetating closed roads in the Pole Mountain National Forest.

More than 380,000 miles of dirt roads riddle our National Forests. However, not all of them were created equally, or legally. Besides the detrimental watershed impacts of roads, the USFS has estimated an $8.4 Billion dollar backlog of maintenance and reconstruction costs for these roads.

This project is intended to close and restore the highest priority of these degraded roads.



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Tool Fest - Fort Collins

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 28, 2017 - 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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St. Vrain Creek Tamarisk Removal - Longmont

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 10 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
Terra Foundation
Audubon Rockies

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 28, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Tamarisk (aka Salt Cedar) grows aggressively, choking out native vegetation. In the aftermath of the Sep 13 flood, many thousands of tamarisk have germinated along St Vrain Creek, east of Longmont. These tamarisk seedlings are intermixed with a lot of cottonwoods, willows and other native seedlings that are naturally growing in response to the flood.

Come enjoy panoramic views of the Front Range and help us remove tamarisk through hand pulling the small seedlings, pulling with weed wrenches on the medium sized plants, and possible "cut and stump" treatment on the larger plants that can't be pulled. This treatment involves judicious dabbing of a small quantity of herbicide to the stump.

You'll be rewarded for your efforts with access to one of the premier wildlife locations near Longmont, normally closed to the public, and will like see circling eagles as we work.

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Tool Fest - Boulder

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayNov 04, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 24

Volunteers will gather to celebrate another great season of accomplishment and put our tools to bed for the winter-cleaning, sharpening, painting, oiling tools, and re-organizing our tool shed. Amazingly, this is a really fun and enjoyable way to end a busy successful project season. Come join the Tool Fest and have a great time!

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