Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering during COVID-19

We just added a post about several things you can do to improve the Sand Creek Greenway during this time of social isolation. Click here to get the full information! 

Tentative 2020 Volunteer Work Days

Due to concerns for the coronavirus, we are monitoring our plans and working with our partner cities to assure public safety. Please consider these dates tentative, pending more information.

As we confirm each work day, we’ll also provide more details about exact location, times, and the nature of work involved.

May 2 Aurora (beaver mitigation) plus Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon! (cancelled due to COVID)

June 6 Commerce City Wetland Park (plant pollinator garden) (cancelled due to COVID)

June 13 Bluff Lake Nature Center (plant pollinator garden) (cancelled due to COVID)

July 11 Denver/Smith Road Trailhead (cancelled due to COVID)

August 8 Aurora (cancelled due to COVID)

September 5 Aurora/Sand Creek Park. 10-noon. We’ll focus on trash pick-up in Sand Creek Park and adjoining trails. We are limited to 8 volunteers because of COVID safety advisories; volunteers should bring their own work gloves, water, snacks, sunscreen and insect repellent. We will provide clean and sanitized tools and hand sanitizer. Email Mo at mfair@sandcreekgreenway.org to reserve a spot.

September (various days) Xcel Energy Day of Service–because of COVID, participation is limited this year. Xcel Energy employees should contact the company for details. 

October 3 Aurora/location TBA. 9-11 am. Mullein seed head and reseeding. We are limited to 8 volunteers because of COVID safety advisories; volunteers should bring their own work gloves, water, snacks, sunscreen and insect repellent. We will provide clean and sanitized tools and hand sanitizer. Email Mo at mfair@sandcreekgreenway.org to reserve a spot.

Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunities

April 19 Butterfly Monitoring Training (with Butterfly Pavilion at Sand Creek’s offices) (cancelled due to COVID–Butterfly Pavilion provided online training)

April 20 City Nature Challenge Training (online due to COVID)

April 24-27 City Nature Challenge (independent participation due to COVID)

For more information about 2020 volunteer opportunities, please email Monique “Mo” Fair at mfair@sandcreekgreenway.org

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Ride & Report      

Commitment: 2 hours per month (any day or time)  –   Ride an assigned 2 mile section of the Sand Creek trail and email a short report of any observed trail maintenance needs or other observations.

Administrative Work

Commitment: 6-10 hrs per month (during the work day; some projects may be able to be done remotely on your own time)  –   Interested in volunteering without getting your hands dirty? Come help us out in the Sand Creek office! We always need help updating paperwork and sending out mailings.

Spanish Translators

Commitment: 2-4hrs 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.

Trail Maintenance

Commitment: 2-10hrs per month (any day and time)   –   If you can’t make it to our monthly volunteer clean-up events, help us out on your own time.  There are always places along the trail that need work.  We provide the tools, and will pick up the trash bags when you’re done!

NPET Team Leaders

Commitment: 3hrs per month (the 1st Saturday of most months, from 10am-noon) –  Do you want to take a leadership role during our monthly volunteer events?  We need team leaders to support other volunteers during NPET. Leaders will guide groups to work sites and will oversee the volunteer team activities.

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.

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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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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