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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - OPEN LANDS

There are three volunteer program tracks within the Loveland Open Lands Division.  These include the Trail Host Program, Environmental Education, and Special / Seasonal Projects.  General Volunteer Flyer

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 help 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. 

Time Commitment: 
• On-site training – 4 hours 
• Teaching –1 weekday per week (1/2 days also available) from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm: 
         o Fall programs – September & October     o Spring programs – April & May   

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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 notification of upcoming events.  SIGN UP HERE

TRAIL HOST PROGRAM

The City of Loveland provides training for individuals interested in volunteering as Trail Hosts at various Natural Areas. Volunteers trained as Trail Hosts 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.   

Time Commitment: 
• On-site and classroom training – 4 hours + option for training with experienced volunteer
• Trail Hosting – 4 hours per month preferred, flexible year-round schedule, variety of sites throughout Loveland

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 & teach Front Country Leave No Trace 
• Collect & report information regarding public use of natural areas using contact sheets or online forms

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GENERAL VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

All volunteers should be in at least fair physical condition, capable of a 1-mile easy hike. No experience or knowledge of Colorado natural history is required – all training and materials are provided.

Volunteer information: FLYER (PDF)

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:michele.vanhare@cityofloveland.org and specify Stewardship, Environmental Education and/or Trail Host events

TO SIGN UP, please use our new online registration system, Offero (https://offero.cityofloveland.org/)