Volunteer Information: Summit County Open Space & Trails

Contribute Your Talents and Energy as a Volunteer!
Summit County Open Space & Trails Department invites you to assist us in volunteering for a day or a summer-long commitment. Multiple opportunities exist, from having your family or business/organization come out to join us for a volunteer trailwork day to an ongoing commitment adopting a section of trail, Recpath or Open Space.

Please see below for the various options which exist for volunteering with us on one-day projects or as a Recpath, Natural Surface Trail, and/or Open Space adopter.

Our summer 2017 calendar is currently being developed; contact Brad at 970.668.4180 if you would like a volunteer day scheduled for your organization, or Jesse at 970.668.4065 for the Adopt program. 
One Day Volunteer Commitment
Join us with your family or business/organization to participate in a one day project catered to your group. We'll provide all tools, education and crew leaders. The day, time, project and location is worked out with group leader to meet the needs of all involved. Ideal project times last from 3-6 hours.

This is a great opportunity for local business groups, companies based in the Front Range, school groups, and more. 

Responsibilities range from light maintenance, natural resource monitoring and litter pickup to new trail construction. In exchange for this commitment and great sense of personal satisfaction, the County will provide training, tools, snacks, refreshments, and Open Space and Trails SWAG.

For just a small commitment of your time you can make a huge difference. Many of our volunteers have the good fortune of enjoying the results of their hard work in the form of new trails or recreational amenities. Come join our volunteer program this summer and help make the trails, Recpath, and Open Space properties the outstanding amenities that make Summit County so unique!
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Adopt Program 
Our volunteers make a two-year commitment to adopt a section of Recpath, natural surface trail, or open space. Most volunteers get out some time in late April or early May for the first cleanup of the season. they continue throughout the summer into late September or early October, working on their adopted open space property or trail twice a month.

Responsibilities include light maintenance, natural resource monitoring and litter pickup. In exchange for this commitment and a great sense of personal satisfaction, the County will provide training and tools.

Joining our “Adopt” program has many benefits including free advertising for your family/business/organization on the Adopt sign which thousands of users see each summer, team-building and/or family time, and a chance to give back to this great community we live in. Not to mention participants that put in the most hours each summer get bonus prizes at the end of the season! 

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Volunteer trail workers