Volunteer for OSMP
Over 1,000 dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers contribute thousands of hours of service every year to help care for our Open Space and Mountain Parks lands. Come join us!
Ways to Volunteer:
- Sign up for an upcoming one-day project or long-term program - see below.
- If you want notification about the latest projects, please sign up to receive emails by emailing OSMPVolunteer@bouldercolorado.gov.
- If you would like to schedule a group volunteer project, please fill out the Project Request Form.
Upcoming Volunteer Projects - Single Day
Volunteers will work alongside the City of Boulder, OSMP Forestry Crew to restore and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire by creating a healthier forest ecosystem. Tasks will involve dragging, hauling and feeding the chipper with slash (tree branches). Forestry Crew Leads will discuss why specific management techniques are implemented. To learn more go to the Forest Ecosystem Management Plan (FEMP).
Thursday 9 am - 4 pm. This project is offered on Thursday:
Volunteers will assist OSMP agricultural tenants in planting organic tomatoes and other vegetables. The OSMP agriculture specialists will discuss the history of agriculture in the area, organic vegetable production on OSMP, and what it takes to grow vegetables in this region. Tenants will teach their particular farming methods that help the ecosystem and the community.
Wednesdays 8:30 am - 12 pm. This project is offered on the following Wednesdays:
Volunteers will assist OSMP with building and repairing trails. Projects vary with location.
Saturdays 8 am - 3 pm. This project is offered on the following Saturdays:
September 12 - Long Canyon
September 26 - Bear Canyon
Help create bee pollination gardens at South Teller Trailhead. Volunteers will assist in establishing two pollinator-friendly gardens. The project will consist of assembling raised beds, installing landscape fabric, adding soil, planting flowers, and mulching.
Friday 9 am - 12 pm. This project is offered on Friday:
Volunteers will join the City of Boulder’s Water Resource Technician for maintenance and clean up of the historic Silver Lake Ditch. Annual upkeep of this canal helps maximize the efficiency of transport for agricultural and recreational purposes throughout the city. Volunteers will trim woody shrubs and trees and remove sediment build up along the corridors of the ditch.
Saturdays 9 am - 4 pm. This project is offered on the following Saturdays:
Volunteers will assist OSMP Plant Ecologists in collecting seed from a native plant called blue flax in the Wonderland Lake area, or another OSMP property. The seed will be saved for future use on prairie restoration projects.
Thursday mornings. This project is offered on Thursday:
Volunteer Programs - Long Term
Holy Chiroptera! Bat monitors head out at dusk to ponds and bat roost sites, performing auditory and visual bat population counts.
The volunteers help staff with administration and research in resource conservation, education and outreach, planning and volunteer services
Volunteers appointed by City Council research issues, advise on policy, and recommend purchases of properties.
Raptor Monitors help monitor raptor nest sites along the Front Range.
Volunteers provide interpretive nature hikes for children throughout the year.
Friendly volunteers greet the public and provide information at community events, trailheads and facilities.
Trail Guides travel OSMP trails enhancing visitors’ experiences. They provide visitor information and assist those in need.
Help maintain OSMP's native plant xeriscape gardens. This may include planting, weeding, seed collection and other garden tasks.
The Boulder Mountain Bike Patrol is a multi-agency program. Patrollers ride trails, assisting & educating mountain bikers & other park users
These stewards contribute court-ordered community service time, helping staff with a variety of tasks.
Volunteers familiar with the birds of OSMP grasslands can play a vital part in protecting sensitive species!