What motivates you to volunteer for Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)?

I strongly believe that everyone should have safe and easy access to the natural world. The legacy of protecting the natural environment began in Boulder in 1898, but it is only through continued and ongoing conservation and maintenance efforts that these spaces continue to be available. I’m honored to be a small part of this ongoing legacy.

What impact are you most proud of in your volunteer work?

Picking up dog poop is not glamorous but over time it makes a difference to people's experience on the trail. When I am out of town for a few days and unable to do maintenance work, I’ll hear from people that they knew I was out of town by the condition of the trail. Of course, I wish everyone picked up after their dogs, but I’m happy if my efforts enhance others’ experience on the trail. Being called a Poop Fairy is my proudest moment.

What do you most enjoy about visiting OSMP?

I treasure the small moments of natural peace and beauty that surrounds us in an otherwise chaotic and frantic world.  Wherever, whenever you are in Boulder, there is always a way to escape, if only for a few moments, and connect with the natural world.

What encouragement would you share with future volunteers?

You don’t need to have special skills or knowledge to make a difference. Like the natural spaces we protect, volunteerism is all inclusive.

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OSMP Volunteer Steve Altmin with dog Ernie
Steve Altmin