We are fortunate in the Boulder area to have many ways to get involved with outdoor learning and service! Here are a few links to fuel your interest.

(These links are provided for information purposes only. These programs are not affiliated with the Junior Ranger Program and do not comprise an exhaustive list of opportunities in the Boulder area.)

City of Boulder Youth Opportunities Program: The Youth Opportunities Program is a leadership and grant-making program for City of Boulder youth. The program promotes youth civic engagement and leadership development, organizes community events, and provides technical and financial assistance to youth-serving organizations.

City of Boulder Youth Services Initiative Program (YSI): The Youth Services Initiative inspires youth and families from underrepresented communities to make healthy, caring and responsible choices through recreation, health and well-being opportunities as well as life skill development.

City of Boulder EXPAND Peer Mentor program: Peer mentors are youth ages 10 to 16 without disabilities who are excited to make new friends and participate in recreation or leisure opportunities with peers who have disabilities.

City of Boulder OSMP volunteer programs: Volunteer on individual projects on City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks!

Thorne Nature Experience: Volunteer Opportunities.

Lefthand Outdoor Challenge: Through demonstration and hands-on application of resource management techniques, participants will be able to apply sound environmental stewardship practices through service learning, environmental education, leadership development, and challenging outdoor activities.

Boulder County Youth Corps: The Youth Corps provides opportunities for Boulder County teens to develop a sense of community involvement through personal accomplishment, teamwork and service to the county. Since 1996, participants, aged 14-17, have been completing projects for Boulder County departments, municipalities and towns.

Jeffco Trail Stewardship Team: The Trail Stewardship Team (TST) of Jeffco Open Space is a fun program that employs youth for trail maintenance and natural resource restoration of parks. TST promotes a positive work and stewardship ethic among team members while helping to maintain and improve natural surface trails, mitigate noxious weeds, and restore natural areas. Participants must be between the ages of 14-18 years old and live in Jefferson County, CO.

Wildland Restoration Volunteers: As part of WRV’s mission to build community and provide venues for volunteer stewardship, WRV is committed to inspiring the next generation of land stewards. As such, there are opportunities for youth involvement at multiple levels within WRV.

Growing Gardens ¡Cultiva! Youth Project: Youth invest their time and energy in organic gardening and giving back to the community while developing their leadership and job skills.

Workforce Boulder County Youth Services: If you’re 16-24, Workforce Boulder County is your resource for career exploration, resumes & interview prep, as well as opportunities to learn on the job!

CU Science Discovery: Science Discovery provides opportunities to explore science in the world's best laboratory - the great outdoors!

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is a statewide nonprofit volunteer organization whose mission is to motivate and enable residents to be active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources.

Cottonwood Institute: The Cottonwood Institute was founded in 2004 to inspire young people to initiate positive change in their schools, their communities, and the environment in order to strengthen their civic engagement, environmental stewardship, and leadership skills.

Keystone Science School: Since 1976, Keystone Science School has taught scientific principles and leadership skills to young people, teachers, and community members through engaging hands-on field experiences.