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Trail volunteers at Mariana Butte

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

Time Commitment

  • 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   

Volunteer for the environmental education program

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.   

Time Commitment 

  • 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

Volunteer to be a trail host

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 michele.vanhare@cityofloveland.org and specify your interest in stewardship, environmental education and/or trail host opportunities. 

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