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Volunteer With the City’s New Tidy Up Boulder Program or by Educating at the Reservoir

Be a lean, mean volunteering machine with the city’s two new volunteer programs, Tidy Up Boulder and Natural Lands Outreach.

The Tidy Up Boulder program allows individuals or groups to pick a designated spot in the city and pick up litter in the area.

“We’ve had quite a bit of interest from community members who want to volunteer and pick up litter across the city, so this program was created from that community desire,” said Coordinator of Volunteer Services Cassy Bohnet. “City volunteers are so passionate, and this program will channel that amazing energy into cleaning up areas of the city that we’ve identified.”

To get started, volunteers should visit the Tidy Up Boulder website at and choose one of over 40 designated volunteer waste pick up spots on the map.

The website provides a list of suggested items to bring on cleanup day, including instructions on making your own trash grabber. Volunteers can also download and use the Litterati app to take a photo of and geolocate their trash pickup.

The Natural Lands Outreach program lets volunteers welcome and educate users along the North Shore of the Boulder Reservoir and Coot Lake about Aquatic Nuisance Species, area-specific rules (i.e., no swimming, no launching watercraft), and wildlife closures to protect nesting bird species of concern. While staffing a table and patrolling, volunteers will collect data on visitor patterns, volume, and behavior.

Visit the city’s Get Involved page at to learn more about this opportunity to provide education at the Reservoir.

These two volunteer opportunities allow community members to make a positive impact in the city we all love and want to maintain and protect.

Community members can learn about these programs, and other city volunteer efforts, through Count Me In, the city’s one-stop system for volunteer opportunities throughout the city.

Media Contact:

Jonathan Thornton, Media Relations, 720-450-7554


Published May 11, 2021