Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

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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 Jan 15, 2017

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

Lafayette Youth Willow Harvest Saturday Apr 08, 2017

Crew Leader Training in Trails and Eco Resto (Youth) Saturday - Sunday Apr 08, 2017 - Apr 09, 2017

Broomfield Youth Open Space Riparian Restoration Friday Apr 21, 2017

Lamont Does Youth Planting and Trail Work Saturday Apr 22, 2017

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

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

EE Corps/Ecological Leadership Academy (Youth) Monday - Thursday Jun 19, 2017 - Jun 22, 2017

Youth Services Initiative Project 1: Pella Planting Thursday Jun 29, 2017

Youth Services Initiative Project 2: Willow Stakes Thursday Jul 06, 2017

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

Youth Services Initiative Project 3: Invasive Species Thursday Jul 20, 2017

Youth Services Initiative Project 4: Seed Collection Thursday Jul 27, 2017

Youth Services Initiative Project 5: Fuel Mitigation Thursday Aug 03, 2017

Youth Services Initiative Overnight @ Swan Drainage Monday - Tuesday Aug 07, 2017 - Aug 08, 2017

Boulder Prep Flood Restoration Friday Sep 01, 2017

Polaris Expeditionary High School Crew Leader Training Tuesday - Thursday Sep 19, 2017 - Sep 21, 2017

Rustic Pathways at Button Rock Youth Project Monday Oct 09, 2017

Left Hand Youth Restoration Saturday Oct 14, 2017

Grandview High Youth Project Wednesday Oct 18, 2017

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

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

Date(s):
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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Youth Plant Ecology and Native Plants Course

COMPLETED
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 Youth Willow Harvest

COMPLETED
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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Crew Leader Training in Trails and Eco Resto (Youth)

COMPLETED
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 Youth Open Space Riparian Restoration

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

Date(s):
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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Lamont Does Youth Planting and Trail Work

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

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 22, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25

In celebration of Earth Day, youth from the Lafayette community will be planting and working on a new trail along the Lamont Does corridor. Youth will work hard, make new friends, and have a lot of fun, all while helping improve their community.
This project is part of the Nature Kids/Jovenes de la Naturaleza initiative, in partnership with the City of Lafayette Open Space and the Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee.

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Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Youth Restoration 1

COMPLETED
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 - 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 Youth Restoration 2

COMPLETED
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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EE Corps/Ecological Leadership Academy (Youth)

COMPLETED
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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Youth Services Initiative Project 1: Pella Planting

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Afternoon    ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)

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

Youth from Boulder's Youth Services will be spending their Thursdays this summer working with WRV on a variety of stewardship projects along the Front Range and into the mountains.

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Youth Services Initiative Project 2: Willow Stakes

CANCELLED
Easy    ●    Afternoon    ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)

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

Youth from Boulder's Youth Services Initiative will be planting willow stakes in Eldorado Canyon State Park. This is one of many YSI projects where they'll get to try a variety of restoration techniques and build their stewardship skills.

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

COMPLETED
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

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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Youth Services Initiative Project 3: Invasive Species

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Afternoon    ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)

Date(s):
ThursdayJul 20, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15



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Youth Services Initiative Project 4: Seed Collection

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Afternoon    ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)

Date(s):
ThursdayJul 27, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15



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Youth Services Initiative Project 5: Fuel Mitigation

CANCELLED
Easy    ●    Afternoon    ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)

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



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Youth Services Initiative Overnight @ Swan Drainage

COMPLETED
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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Boulder Prep Flood Restoration

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly
Sponsors
Broomfield Open Space, City and County
Terra Foundation

Date(s):
FridaySep 01, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 55

Students from Boulder Prep will be participating in the on-going flood restoration of Left Hand Creek.

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Polaris Expeditionary High School Crew Leader Training

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day
Sponsors

Date(s):
TuesdaySep 19, 2017 - ThursdaySep 21, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

WRV has partnered again with Polaris Expeditionary School in Fort Collins to work with a group of 12 students and train them in Crew Leading, as well as flood restoration. Their week will be split among Left Hand Creek and Button Rock Preserve.

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Rustic Pathways at Button Rock Youth Project

CANCELLED
Youth Group had to back out, so the project is cancelled.

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

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

Youth from Rustic Pathways will be participating in the restoration of the Button Rock preserve, along the banks of the North St. Vrain. Activities will include soil amendment to improve fertility, native seeding, diverse plantings of native trees and shrubs, and mulch application.

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Left Hand Youth Restoration

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 14, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Youth from the Greenway Foundation and from WRV's Youth Advisory Board will spend the morning continuing 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 its best.

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



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Grandview High Youth Project

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly

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

Students from Grandview High School will join WRV at Dedisse Park, where we'll be seeding, mulching, and improving trails. We'll also spend time learning about the role of people, parks, and trails on Colorado's ecosystems.

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