To better explain the type of environmental stewardship training that takes place in Denver, we are highlighting some of the work of our programs and partners.
My Outdoor Colorado (MOC) connects youth with the outdoors through strategic partnerships that provide access to nature education, recreation and skill-building opportunities for children, teens and young adults, through the Generation Wild program.
Denver’s young people are integral to the future of our parks. Because of the work of our MOC/Generation Wild partners Mile High Youth Corps, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Lincoln Hills Cares, The Greenway Foundation and Groundwork Denver, Denver’s young people have had a chance to install new trails, collaborate with municipalities, work on restoration projects and even go on stewardship-focused camping trips!
Denver Parks Green Corps
Denver Parks Green Corps was created to provide employment and job skills training opportunities to individuals who are new to the workforce, or those seeking a career transition into the Green Jobs industry. The program provides on-the-job training for individuals through various projects that primarily focus on creating resilient parks and landscapes that can adapt to the challenges of climate change.
Learn more about the Denver Parks Green Corps Workforce Training program and apply for a position.
Pictured above: members of the Denver Parks Green Corps workforce development program.
Through the Denver CSU Extension Office’s Master Gardener program, hundreds of hours are spent working in the city’s greenhouse by the program’s participants – a job that would otherwise take away time and resources from DPR employees.
Whether you’re one person or organizing a group of 100 or more, volunteering for Denver Parks and Recreation begins and ends with Tina, DPR’s matchmaker for environmental stewardship efforts. Once she receives your application, she connects the dots to come up with some great options for you and your group.
Tina tells us that, just this year, the Volunteer Services team worked with nearly 20,000 participants in all activities:
- Urban Parks attracted 10,373 volunteers who provided 40,762 hours of service, and donated labor valued at more than $1.2 million.
- Mountain Parks saw 1,854 volunteers who provided 7,246 hours of service for 52 projects in 15 mountain parks.
- Recreation had 1,062 volunteers who provided 12,458 hours of service to recreation programs citywide.
Explore Volunteer Opportunities
Pictured above: Tina Myers, DPR Volunteer Coordinator
Everyday Acts of Stewardship
Don’t have the time for a volunteer project? Following the Leave No Trace principles is a great way to practice environmental stewardship while enjoying Denver’s parks!
Together we can do more, and partnerships help us achieve our goals!
We work closely with dozens of partners and local organizations that share a goal to make our city more resilient. You can learn more about our partners and the work they’re doing as environmental stewards – Mile High Youth Corps, Denver Park Trust, The Park People, Denver Mountain Parks Foundation Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership, Environmental Learning for Kids, Lincoln Hills Cares, The Greenway Foundation and Groundwork Denver – and even join their efforts! Together, we can continue to repair ecosystems, restore shorelines, transform landscapes into pollinator habitats and restore the wildlands.
These are our parks. This is our planet. It’s in our nature to be part of the solution.