What to Expect at a Project


When you get to the project site

The project Ambassadors will ask you to
sign in, complete a project waiver, and get yourself a name tag. We provide light snacks, fruit, juice, and coffee or tea to start your day. While you register, the Crew Leaders will be assembling the tools you’ll need for the day.

You will be assigned to a crew based on the type of work you want to do. Your physical ability and experience are less important than your enthusiasm — jobs range from using a pick or rock bar, to trimming back vegetation, to kitchen crew. Your Crew Leader will help you choose the right job, and will demonstrate how to safely use, carry, and store the tools. Then it’s off to the work site.

Each project is divided into several smaller parts that can easily be completed by a single crew. When you arrive at the work site, your Crew Leader will demonstrate the safest and most efficient way to perform the required tasks. Don’t be shy about asking for additional guidance throughout the day – that’s what the Crew Leader is there for.

Pace yourself until lunchtime, when your crew will take a break together. It’s a great time to check out the work that neighboring crews are doing, too. In the afternoon, the Ambassadors may bring cold drinks or other treats and check in to see how you’re doing. If you’ve finished your section of the project, your help would likely be appreciated on another section. Your Crew Leader can help decide whether your crew should take on a new section or help another crew to finish theirs.

Roughly 50% of volunteers who give their free time to trail projects are first-timers. So what does a first-timer need to know? First, volunteering is made easy with RFOV (after all, it’s part of our name). Second, if you’re just moving to the area, it’s a great way to participate and enjoy our natural splendor while you get your hands dirty. If you can’t commit to the entire day, no problem! Come for the morning or afternoon.

A fact sheet with all the pertinent details you need will be emailed to you a week to ten days before the event you signed up for. 

What to wear

  • Layers work best for changing temperatures throughout the day.
  • Long pants are most practical for trail work where you could be kneeling or working your way through thick brush.
  • A sturdy pair of closed-toe shoes will help negotiate steep or rocky terrain and protect your feet.
  • A hat will keep the sun off your face.

What to bring with you

  • Comfortable gardening or work gloves
  • Water — at least two 32-oz. containers
  • Light snacks to keep you going
  • Lunch in a temperature-controlled container
  • 30 spf or higher sunscreen to wear all day
  • Rain gear — you never know with Colorado weather!


It’s wonderful to see your work when you use the trails.”Michelle McClinton


At the end of the project day

Each project day ends in a group dinner and ice-cold beer, usually donated by generous local restaurants and breweries. Savor the satisfaction of a job well done while you learn more about our project partners and your fellow volunteers. And be sure to complete a short project evaluation – it’s a great way to let us know how we can improve your experience as a volunteer.