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Stewardship Program - Recruiting for Spring 2013
National Trails Day at Upper Big Bluestem, Sat. June 1
Help kick off the trails season with our first OSMP Community Volunteer Trail Project of 2013! Volunteers will help to build a new segment of trail, haul soil and move rock. The Upper Big Bluestem reroute will create a new trail alignment that will cause less impact to the wetland habitat in the bottom of the drainage and will improve overall trail sustainability. This project is physically arduous. Learn more about the project and register here.
Wittemyer Trail Construction Volunteer Project, Sat. July 13
Give a little of your summer to help build the new summit trail leading up the west side of Mt. Sanitas! Volunteers will clear the trail corridor, haul slash and construct trail. The Wittemyer West Sanitas Trail is being constructed to provide for a new approach to the summit of Mt. Sanitas from the west side. This project is physically arduous with a steep hike to the project site. Learn more about the project and register here.
Wittemyer Trail Construction Volunteer Project, Sat. August 10
Give a little of your summer at the second volunteer project to help build the new summit trail leading up the west side of Mt. Sanitas! Volunteers will clear the trail corridor, haul slash and construct trail. The Wittemyer West Sanitas Trail is being constructed to provide for a new approach to the summit of Mt. Sanitas from the west side. This project is physically arduous with a steep hike to the project site. Learn more about the project and register here.
Trail Guides - Program Full
Volunteer Naturalists - Program Full
Raptor Monitors - Program Full
Boulder Mountain Bike Patrol - Program Full
Bat Monitors - Program Full
Native Xeriscape Gardens -Program Full
Resource Restoration: Sign Care Project - Program Full
Mandated Community Service Stewards
Hosts - Program Full
Hayfield Monitors - Program Full
Open Space Board of Trustees - Program Full
Individual volunteer assignments and internships
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If you've explored our current programs and have ideas for new ones, please give us a call at 303-413-7656.
May 21, 2013
Markit on Demand joined OSMP to cleanup the grounds of the historic Axelson Property. The Axelson homestead was purchased by OSMP in 1990. Twelve volunteers removed tree slash, garbage and debris. Staff also hauled approximately one and half tons of materials off the property and moved 30 some tires to a central location to be recycled. Along with improving the aesthetics of the Axelson house, a little paint and creativity went a long way.
OSMP's Cultural Resources Program Coordinator, Julie Johnson, joined the group to provide a historical cultural overview and mimicked the technique used at the Hannah Barker House, by Historic Boulder, which is to paint over the plywood boarded house windows. Our creative volunteers painted cats, curtains and flowers, and a pie cooling even made it on the west side of the house. Such a huge improvement. Thank you Markit on Demand for your energy, hard work and for completing this project!!
Markit On Demand is a design driven technology company based in Boulder that is part of a global financial information company headquartered in London. Volunteer contact, Jeffrey Malin, explained why they volunteered with OSMP: "Our company offers each employee several days each year of paid time-off for charitable and service work. With so many of our employees living close by and taking full advantage of the Open Space that Boulder offers, volunteering with OSMP was an easy choice because we're helping to improve our own community."
April 28, 2013
Pack 158 spent the day with Ranger Burton at Sawhill Ponds. Garbage from the day filled the back of a truck! Pack 158 spent two hours combing the shoreline and even venturing into the mud to pull out old barrels and cables. They pulled the wire baskets from dead plantings and found plenty of live cottonwood poles as well. Pelican squadrons made the day a great one. The kids want to return and finish the other 14 ponds!
March 20, 2013
Professor Becky Dickson's CU Environmental Writing Class volunteered to clean the Dry Creek Davidson Ditch on Wed., March 20. This project focused on the importance of irrigation structures in the Front Range. Students learned that irrigation structures feed thousands of acres of agricultural land with water, and learned the history of the Dry Creek Davidson Ditch. The class maintained 800 feet and moved ¼ of a ton of organic materials from the Dry Creek Davidson Ditch!
Professor Dickson shared her reason for volunteering with OSMP:
"I have been volunteering for outdoor service events like this for about eight years now. In the past, we did events with the Sierra Club (weed pulls, tree plantings, and such); the Sierra Club had set up the event with OSMP or Boulder County. I still do that, but found that sometimes I had so many students that it was better to just go directly to the source."
This class is planning to volunteer with OSMP again in April. The students were a pleasure to work with! Another fantastic volunteer effort!
March 16, 2013
On Saturday, March 16 from 10 am to 5 pm 11 members from the University of Colorado Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity deconstructed three fourths of a mile of cattle fence that was causing land fragmentation for elk and deer to move freely to the north and south. The students worked exceptionally hard moving hundreds of pounds of fencing materials down a ridge to complete this effort.
The service director, Spencer Potter Hankin, of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity explains the reason they choose to volunteer with OSMP:
"Our group volunteered with OSMP because we see all the hard work that they put into maintaining Boulder's beautiful parks and open space and we really would love to give our time to help them continue this mission. As a group we have a great respect for the outdoors and not only want to give back to the community but also to the environment."
This was a great group to work with! They will be back for another project this fall.
March 8, 2013
Only Natural Pet Store volunteered at Bobolink Trail on Friday, March 8 to clean up dog waste; they have been working with OSMP for the last three years in this effort. A big applause to this group and their dedication to keeping our water ways clean.
March 2, 2013
On March 2, eleven CU Sewall Civic Engagement class members maintained 3,000 feet of cattle fence for six hours on the Gebhard property. Students learned the history of agriculture on the Front Range and how open space manages leased agricultural land with tenants. The class is a mix of academic study and community service. Students explore the ideas of commitment through readings and discussions, and engage those ideas in the field by working with community "partners" in organizations across the city and county. Students are required to complete six to eight hours of service activity for the one-credit course, and to work together in small groups on a semester project. The students learn through the course how to coordinate lines of study with actual work in the community, and how to build their own individual and group sense of responsibility through their community commitments.
January 19, 2013
The city of Boulder OSMP hosted a volunteer project on January 19 for a Day of Service. Boulder County Elections collaborated with open space for a 18 person volunteer project at the Lousberg Gallagher Property. Volunteers deconstructed 1300 feet of cattle fence. Over 230 volunteers participated throughout Boulder County in celebration of volunteerism.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:04