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Volunteering for Douglas County Open Space

Our volunteers represent Douglas County Open Space in a professional and friendly manner while sharing information and protecting the resources of Douglas County Open Space and Natural Resources.

Volunteers have contributed so much energy to enhance our open space properties. Shrubs and trees at trailheads and in restoration areas were probably planted by volunteers. When you sit on a bench or refer to a directional sign along a trail, realize that they were probably installed for you by volunteers.

Are you thinking of volunteering?

Consider your passions and capabilities and match them with the task. Open Space staff or qualified volunteer leaders will lead the projects. Fill out a Volunteer Application and release form and return them the Douglas County Division of Open Space and Natural Resources, 100 Third Street, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104. Please call if you have specific questions about volunteering or work projects.

Volunteers who represent the county will be required to obtain Wilderness First Aid Training (for those who work in the backcountry) as well as complete a background check. Other training will be offered for specific projects or work areas at field sites, indoor classes, or workshops.  Forms are listed to the left of this page.

Volunteer Opportunities

Throughout the year, there are many occasions and project opportunities where volunteers may be come involved in our country’s open space program. These projects will be posted on our website and opportunities will be sent to you via E-mail.

Lead Hikes, Horseback Rides or Interpretive Programs

Our group hikes and field trips are often led and assisted by volunteers with great knowledge of natural history and/or local history. On-site ambassadors for open space help to introduce our citizens to the outdoors and enhance their appreciation and understanding of the land’s conservation values.

Provide Off-site Presentations

Volunteers provide off-site presentations at festivals, fairs, schools, club or homeowners association meetings, or any other venue where we can share the wonders of the open space properties to the public. This could also include research and creating photo or written displays to enlighten and delight our audiences about wildlife, current issues, and outdoor opportunities. These presentations could also be set up at trailheads to reach our visitors.

Work on the Land

If you like to exercise your muscles and give back to the land, you might enjoy maintaining trails, going after weeds, fixing or removing fences, or gathering litter that has blown onto the properties.

Young People (Minors)

Young people can participate when part of a school or service organization, or supervised by a guardian or adult leader with a signed release and waiver of liability for minors. Work projects, when available, may be arranged with our office at 303.66.7495.

Some examples of young people in action:

  • School classes have cleaned up newly acquired properties and planted shrubs and trees at the trailheads.
  • Families have participated with children to plant wetland shrubs and trees along Cherry Creek and picked up debris that has blown onto open space properties.
  • 4-H clubs have returned to the same trail to remove weeds from the trailside.
  • Students with community service requirements have helped out with research, office assistance, making displays, weed removal, and open space events to fulfill their obligations.
  • Girls Scouts in pursuit of their Silver and Gold Awards have restored and furnished a homesteader cabin and spearheaded a dog off-leash park.
  • Boy Scouts working towards the rank of Eagle Scout have built and installed many benches along open space trails, bluebird and kestrel birdhouses, kiosks, trail spurs, and directional signs. They have also restored erosion areas, refurnished a historic cellar and built a campfire ring area with bench seating.