Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

October 1st SCRGP Volunteer Workday

Get outside and help your community by joining the Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership for one of our last volunteer workday of the season on Saturday October 1st from 9am to 11am! We need your help installing native plants in the newly restored vegetation area at the Morrison Nature Center in Aurora (16002 E. Smith Rd.). All ages welcome. Registration required. To register click here.

Habitat Clean-up Day: Sand Creek Park

Saturday October 22nd, 2022, 9am-12pm

Give back to nature and your community by participating in a habitat clean up day along the Sand Creek Greenway between Sand Creek Park and Bluff Lake Nature Center! Removing trash from open spaces and waterways is essential for healthy communities, water, and environments. All ages are welcome and groups are encouraged. Register for the event here. Directions and information about the clean-up will be sent out via email the week of October 17th.

This habitat clean-up effort is a collaborative effort between Aurora Water, Aurora Open Spaces and Natural Resources, Bluff Lake Nature Center, and the SCRGP.

2022 Volunteer Workdays

Our 2022 volunteer workdays have been scheduled!

Due to concerns for the coronavirus, we are monitoring our plans and working with our partner cities to assure public safety. Any workdays are subject to change depending on COVID-19 safety guidelines.

We will provide more details about the exact location and the nature of project work as we get closer to each date.

For more information about 2022 volunteer opportunities, please email Elena Smith at esmith@sandcreekgreenway.org.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Ride & Report      

Commitment: 2 hours per month (any day or time)  –  Ride any 2 mile section of the Sand Creek trail and email a short report of any observed trail maintenance needs or other observations to Elena at esmith@sancreekgreenway.org.

Self-Led Trash Clean-Ups

No specific time commitment (any day or time) – Pick any section of the Greenway and pick-up trash you see along the trail. Notify SCRGP 7 days in advance and we will provide you with trash bags, trash pickers, and gloves and coordinate trash bag pick-up. Supplies will need to be picked up beforehand.

Spanish Translators

Commitment: 2-4 hours per month (during the work day or during special events)   –  Are you fluent in Spanish? We are always trying to make our materials available in Spanish as well as English.  Help us translate posters, signs, and pamphlets.

Volunteer Work Crews

Commitment: 2-10 hours per month  –   In addition to our monthly clean-up events, participate in a volunteer work crew where you will focus on specific tasks along the Greenway. Descriptions of each work crew are below. To sign up for a crew email Elena Smith at esmith@sandcreekgreenway.org.

Waste Management Crew 

Participate in trash management along the Greenway, including identifying and collecting trash and other waste materials, disposing of waste properly, and conducting trash audits.

Noxious Weed Management Crew

Help identify, control, and eradicate noxious weeds along the Greenway.

Trail Maintenance Crew

Help maintain and enhance the Greenway trail. Tasks include, but are not limited to vegetation pruning and native pant installation, graffiti abatement, beaver mitigation, tread maintenance, and erosion control.

Pollinator Garden Maintenance Crew

Assist with the implementation and upkeep of pollinator gardens along the Greenway and help identify visiting pollinators.

Special Event Team Leaders

Commitment: 4 hours per month (on an as-needed basis)  –    Sometimes we host special volunteer projects for corporate, scout, or school groups and need extra team leaders to guide a group of volunteers doing a specific task.

Volunteering during COVID-19

There are several things you can do to improve the Sand Creek Greenway during this time of social isolation. Click here to get the full information! 

Our volunteers have invested time, talent, sweat and experience to help build the Sand Creek Regional Greenway. We thank you for all that you do!

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Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership

About the Greenway

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is a jewel in the necklace of trails that has made Denver a national model for linked trail systems.

This 14-mile public greenway connects the High Line Canal in Aurora, Colorado with the South Platte River Greenway in Commerce City. Along the way, it passes through northeast Denver and the new Stapleton community.

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is open every day from dawn until dusk. Runners, walkers, nature viewers, horseback riders, and leashed dogs are encouraged to enjoy the trail. We invite you to become acquainted with our wilderness in the city.

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