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Volunteer for Open Space and Mountain Parks!

Volunteer for Open Space and Mountain Parks!

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:

Upcoming Volunteer Projects - Single Day

Fencing Projects

Volunteers will assist OSMP with installation of cattle fence. This project will allow the department to manage an invasive grass with cattle grazing (tall oat grass). Tall oat grass is a nonnative species and creates a thick blanket of grass that reduces forage production by displacing less completive, more palatable native species. This nonnative also decreases biodiversity of flora and fauna.

There are no fencing projects offered at this time.

Forestry Projects

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). 

Thursdays 9 am - 4 pm. This project is offered on the following Thursdays:

August 13
August 27

Farming Projects

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:

July 29
August 12
September 23
October 7

Seed Collection Projects

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 the following Thursday:

October 8

Trail Building Projects

Volunteers will assist OSMP with building trails. Projects vary with location.

Saturdays 8 am - 3 pm. This project is offered on the following Saturdays:

August 29
September 12

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Volunteer Programs - Long Term

Bat Monitors - Program Full

Holy Chiroptera! Bat monitors head out at dusk to ponds and bat roost sites, performing auditory and visual bat population counts.

Volunteer host at the Flagstaff Nature Center

Hosts - Program Full

Friendly volunteers greet the public and provide information at community events, trailheads and facilities.

Trail Guides - Program Full

Trail Guides travel OSMP trails enhancing visitors’ experiences. They provide visitor information and assist those in need.

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