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Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers

Your contribution will engage volunteers in enhancing treasured Colorado public trails and wetlands. The preservation and enhancement of our natural surroundings, some of the most spectacular natural areas in the continental U.S., is the responsibility of the community.

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Group Work Days

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adults

Description

Citizen involvement is needed to help maintain, enhance and preserve the more than 1,000 miles of trails located in our regional community of Parachute to Aspen. On Group Work Days, employer sponsored groups, clubs, civic organizations or any like-minded group of individuals engage in volunteer service projects that tackle projects on a favorite trail. We provide the technical assistance, tools, and logistical support to help your group plan and accomplish the trail work. You provide the volunteers. Groups can get involved for a full or half-day project or commit to adopt a trail and perform projects 2-3 times a year!

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Evidence of Program's Success

RFOV continues to have great success with the Group Work Day Program. RFOV facilitates 20 plus Group Work Day Projects each year. Group Work Days builds camaraderie among the volunteers and offers them an opportunity to get out of the office and give back to the community.

Youth Stewardship Program

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
Families
Female Children (5 - 14 years)
Male Children (5 - 14 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Description

The Mission of RFOV's Young Stewardship Initiative to develop a life-long sense of stewardship for our public lands in today's youth. We believe that encouraging young people to interact directly with the land by maintaining and creating trails, preserving wetlands, and improving public spaces will allow them to see the immediate positive impact that they can have on their world while developing a personal relationship with nature. YSI programs are Outdoor Service Learning Projects (May - November), Sustainable Outdoor Leadership Class (November - May), and Experiential Stewardship (November - May).

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our Youth Coordinator and Youth Assistant Coordinator have been busy this year. RFOV now serves over 3,000 youth per calendar year. In 2018, we have continued to build our capacity by expanding our Assistant Youth Coordinator position to full-time, year-round. This has enabled RFOV to schedule more work days and handle larger groups. We continue to work with youth from Rifle to Aspen, Colorado, and are increasing participation by minority and low income youth. The program partners with schools, after-school programs, religious, civic, and other non-profit organizations.

Public Volunteer Projects

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children ages 5 to 21
Families
General Public
Families

Description

At RFOV, we encourage everyone to participate in the preservation and enhancement of our public lands. Our public projects provide an opportunity for community members to engage in trail and restoration projects with long-lasting results. We have several established programs to involve volunteers: Public Projects, Young Stewards Initiative and Group Work Days/Adopt-A-Trail. 2019 Public Projects will include Hanging Lake/Spouting Rock, Lake Christine Fire Project, Buzzard Basin/Hay Park, Skyline Ridge, Marble Base Camp, Mountain View Trail, and South Graham Mesa Trail, and potentially Cathedral Lake Trail.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The real measure of our success is in leaving our volunteers with the feeling that they have a great experience and an expanded sense of stewardship and ownership of their public lands. RFOV's Group Work Days/Adopt A Trail projects and public project volunteer numbers are as strong as ever. Many volunteers return year after year to continue valuable work on public trail projects.

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