There are lots of ways to volunteer with RFOV!
RFOV’s mission is to involve the citizens (and visitors) of the Roaring Fork regional community of Aspen to Rifle in the stewardship of public lands by creating volunteer opportunities for trail work and conservation projects. The primary method for accomplishing our mission is to have volunteers participate directly in projects, creating sustainable trails and restoring impacted areas. RFOV also uses these projects and activities to educate the volunteers, and indirectly, the general public through our publications and media reports about our community’s responsibility to preserve “our backyard.”
RFOV programs include:
- Public and Evening Projects
RFOV selects, develops and conducts volunteer projects that engage our community in trail and restoration work with long-lasting results. These projects are typically 1-4 days in duration and involve 25 to 90 volunteers per day. A sub-program of our public projects, our evening projects offer volunteer opportunities on weekdays after work. Sign up for our Public Projects!
- Group Work Days/Adopt-A-Trail
RFOV works with clubs, schools, and businesses and coordinates volunteer service projects including annual maintenance and improvements to specific trails, parks, or river-front parcels. Each group must recruit 8 to 12 volunteers. We provide the tools, leadership and expertise. If desired, groups can commit to adopt an area and perform 2-3 small projects a year! Check out more info on our Group Work Days Program!
- Young Steward’s Initiative
A new program in 2012, YSI involves youth in hands-on conservation projects and teaches them about the philosophy, history, and the way that public lands work, with a mission to develop a life-long sense of stewardship for our public lands. Find our more about ways for youth to get involved!
- Volunteer Committees
Not only are volunteers involved out on the trails, but in many other meaningful ways through serving on volunteer committees. Committees tasks range from selecting long-lasting projects, planning events, to producing marketing and publications to spread the word about RFOV. Find out more about RFOV Committees!
- Crew Leader Training
We offer two annual trainings that provide crew leaders with the skills and knowledge to ensure that our project volunteers enjoy a safe, quality experience and complete work to the highest construction and safety standards. This program introduces potential crew leaders to RFOV’s model, projects, leadership basics, trail construction techniques, and other technical skills. Find out more!
- Lending Resources
Already equipped with the tools, knowledge, and expertise, RFOV lends these resources to organizations interested in performing trail, restoration, and/or conservation projects. Find out more!