Environmental Education Opportunities
The City's Open Lands & Trails Division offers a variety of environmental education options, including programs for school groups, preschool-age children with their parents, adults and families. Opportunities for volunteers to assist with teaching environmental education classes also are available. A variety of programs and events are offered throughout the year at various natural area sites.
PEEPs - Preschool Environmental Education Programs
Open to pre-school children ages 2-5 with their parents/caregivers. Each one-hour program offers information and activities to bring children into the world of nature.
These programs are offered the third Thursday of each month in various City of Loveland locations. Each program includes hands-on activities, storytelling, games and crafts. FREE!
2 sessions to choose from:
- Session 1 - 9:30 - 10:30 am
- Session 2 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Registration is requested. Click the button below.
School & Youth Group Programs
Environmental Education Programs for schools and youth groups are offered on weekdays during spring and fall. Programs are now offered for grades K-6 on a variety of nature-related topics. All are free of charge.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade Classes
Critter Scene Investigations (CSIs) offer a 2.5-hour outdoor program at Seven Lakes Park (location for spring 2019 only), where students visit 5-6 stations along a nature trail, collecting clues and learning about local wildlife to solve a wildlife mystery.
For grades 2-6, programs are held at River's Edge Natural Area and are day-long (4.5-hour) field trips. Three unique programs are offered and include hands-on activities, interactive learning stations and a variety of topics covering Colorado wildlife, habitats and natural areas in and around Loveland.
- Urban Wilderness focuses on local habitats and wildlife and includes a river macro-invertebrates lab.
- Plants and Places guides students through the various local plant communities, focusing on adaptations to their environments.
- Wildlife Around Us includes life zones, adaptations, classification and wildlife management.
See the Environmental Education Program Brochure for details and age/grade recommendations. All programs are facilitated by trained staff and volunteers. Parent chaperones are always welcome and chaperone materials are available in both English and Spanish.
To request a program, teachers should visit the online registration system Offero. Click on the green request button on the home page of Offero to request a special program for your group or a school field trip and to see the availability calendar and request dates.
Trail HostsVolunteer Trail Hosts are trained to assist visitors and answer questions at Open Lands and Trails, including natural history, site information, and regulations. Loveland's natural areas contain diverse wildlife habitat including fishing ponds, cottonwood groves, river properties, wetlands, and meadows. Volunteers report visitor use and maintenance needs online.
Special and Seasonal Projects Team
If you are interested in stewardship projects, habitat restoration (planting, weed removal), trail-building, small construction projects, debris cleanup and other conservation projects, please register for the Special and Seasonal Projects Team.
View the open lands volunteer flyer (PDF).
More Open Lands & Trails Opportunities
To register for Open Lands & Trails activities and volunteer opportunities, please visit our online system Offero. Make sure to indicate your volunteer interests to be notified of opportunities! Learn more about volunteering with Open Lands & Trails.
For more info on all environmental education and open lands & trails volunteer opportunities, contact Michele Van Hare, Environmental Education Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970.962.2643
Open Lands & Trails Opportunities
Volunteers at the Hidden Hogback Trail at Mariana Butte
Volunteer Opportunities with Open Lands
There are three volunteer program tracks within the Loveland Open Lands Division. These include the trail host program, environmental education, and stewardship/special projects. View our open lands volunteer flyer (PDF).
Environmental Education Program
The Open Lands Division offers free training for environmental education volunteers for programs offered at River’s Edge Natural Area. Volunteers learn to teach grade school students about Colorado wildlife and natural areas in and around Loveland. Choose your favorite subjects and share your love of the outdoors with local children! School programs are offered during school hours on weekdays during spring and fall. Learn more about school program offerings on our Environmental Education page.
- On-site training – four hours
- Teaching –one weekday per week (half days also available) from 9:00A - 2:00P
- Fall programs – September & October
- Spring programs – April & May
Stewardship and Special Projects
If you are interested in special projects such as stewardship events, trail-building, native plant revegetation, weed removal and cleanup days, please sign up as a member of the Special and Seasonal Projects Team. Registered members will receive email notifications of upcoming events.
Trail Host Program
The City of Loveland provides training for individuals interested in volunteering as trail hosts at various natural areas. Trail host volunteers assist visitors and answer questions about each site. Loveland's natural areas contain diverse wildlife habitat including fishing ponds, cottonwood stands, river-adjacent property, wetlands and upland meadows.
- On-site and classroom training – four hours + option for training with experienced volunteer
- Trail Hosting – four hours per month preferred, self-scheduled site visits, year-round opportunities
Goals for Trail Hosts
- Engage in positive interactions with the citizens of Loveland and the general public
- Answer visitors’ questions and provide general information about each natural area
- Use Authority of the Resource Technique (ART) to encourage compliance with area regulations
- Practice and teach Front Country Leave No Trace
- Collect and report information regarding public use of natural areas using contact sheets or online forms
General Volunteer Information
All volunteers should be in at least fair physical condition, capable of a one-mile easy hike. No experience or knowledge of Colorado natural history is required – all training and materials are provided.
View our open lands volunteer flyer (PDF)
To become a volunteer for Loveland Open Lands & Trails, please register via Offero.
To add your name to the email notification list for future Open Lands volunteer opportunities, please contact Michele Van Hare, Coordinator at 970.962.2643 or email email@example.com and specify your interest in stewardship, environmental education and/or trail host opportunities.