Since 1984, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) has been motivating and enabling people to become active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources.
VOC works with conservation and land agencies and relies on thousands of people annually to provide a volunteer workforce for outdoor stewardship projects. These projects take place across Colorado—from city parks and open spaces to grasslands and foothills to alpine meadows and peaks.
Colorado Native has worked with the VOC for a few years and has loved working to get members of our community involved in maintaining the beauty of Colorado.
Along with providing the VOC well-deserved beer every year, we sponsor one of the volunteer projects they put on. All the volunteers on that day are invited to a happy hour on us after a full day of hard work. Each year, we work on a different project. This year’s project is highlighted below. Find any upcoming events we are doing with the VOC on our events page:
About the Stewardship Site
Hentzell Park is a beauitiful 71-acre area located along the Cherry Creek corridor in southeast Denver and is where the Hampden Heights, Cherry Creek, and High Line Canal bike trails all merge. It features paths that wind through a rustic prairie landscape with native grasses and wildflowers.
About the Volunteer Experience
The purpose of this project is to shut down a network of unofficial, social trails that have been established as a result of people wandering through the area without a well-defined trail. To do this, volunteers will reseed and cover social trails by placing downed brush and logs (sometimes called “slash”), making the trails appear closed. Unwind after the workday with drinks and mingling, as a fun happy hour sponsored by Colorado Native will immediately follow!
About the Overall Impact
Currently, there are about 3,000 feet of social trail that runs along the creek. Constant usage on these unofficial, social trails are destroying the riparian ecosystem as well as habitat of the abundant wildlife in the area. Closing these social trails reduce habitat degradation and preserve the habitat in the park.