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2017 Youth Educational Programs
Youth Educational Program Name Day(s) Date(s)
Youth Seed Cleaning with Boulder County Parks and Open Space - MLK Day of Service Sunday - Sunday Jan 15, 2017 - Jan 15, 2017

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

Lafayette Willow Harvest Saturday Apr 08, 2017

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

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

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

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

Lafayette Trail Building Project Saturday - Saturday May 06, 2017 - May 06, 2017

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Lafayette Willow Harvest

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    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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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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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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Lafayette Trail Building Project

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

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 06, 2017 - SaturdayMay 06, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Youth from the Lafayette community will be building a trail, planting shrubs, and erecting new benches to create a new Lamont Does connector trail. The trail will provide neighborhood access to the Coal Creek Trail and to the new water park at Lamont Does.

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

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

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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Lafayette Family Stewardship Project

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly

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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YSI Overnight @ Georgia Pass

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Mid Week Multi Day

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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