Central Park neighbors organize a clean-up day in Denver

Are you interested in volunteering to help our environment, keep our waterways clean and improve our neighborhoods? If so, you have come to the right place!  Check out all our volunteer opportunities below, and then sign up to be added to our volunteer email list. Are you interested in a special volunteer experience above and beyond our public volunteer workdays? We love working with new groups and try to accommodate your availability–know these opportunities are available on a limited basis and only because of our generous city partners and corporate and individual donors. Contact us for more information: Mo Fair (mfair@ sandcreekgreenway.org)

2021 Volunteer Work Days and Volunteering during COVID-19

We LOVE the volunteers who’ve been braving winter weather to clean up the Greenway! We had 8 volunteers cleaning up the area around Star K Ranch on Sunday, December 20; a neighborhood-organized effort involving 28 volunteers from the Central Park area of the Greenway on Monday, January 18; 7 volunteers cleaning up the area around Sable in Aurora on Saturday, January 23. So much great work was done, and all trail users benefit from volunteer efforts.

THANK YOU, thank you, everyone!

We want volunteers to keep in mind that we are working under city public health policies which limits the number of folks for volunteer days. If you sign up and cannot attend the volunteer day, please let us know so we can give our “wait list” volunteers time to join us! Contact Mo at mfair (at) sandcreekgreenway (dot) org.

We’ll be adding more dates, but currently our scheduled volunteer days are:

March 6th 10am to Noon in Commerce City, location TBD

April 3rd, 10 am to Noon, in Denver, location TBD

May 1 10am to Noon, in Aurora, location TBD

July 10th 10 am to Noon in Aurora, location TBD

June 5th 10 am to Noon in Commerce City, location TBD

August 7th 10 am to Noon, location TBD

September 11th Time TBD


2020 Volunteer Work Days, Citizen Science Opportunities and more!

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.

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)

April 20 City Nature Challenge Training

April 24-27 City Nature Challenge

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


From 2019:

Two New Volunteer Events Just Added!

Volunteer Work Day on November 23 – Putting in a Bee Hotel Trail on the Greenway!

Update: November 19: We’ve just heard from Aurora Parks, Recreation and Open Space that the scope of our work day on Saturday has been changed to weed mitigation and park cleanup. (We believe the Bee Hotel Trail work will be scheduled for another day in the future!) We apologize for the last minute nature of this change, and hope you’ll still come out and help. The weather should be terrific, and just perfect for a great time outside!

With leadership from Aurora Parks, Recreation and Open Space staff, we’re putting in a “Bee Hotel Trail” at Sand Creek Park on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. We’ll be putting in a crusher fine trail, bee hotels, and other nature discovery features to create an interactive educational experience for visitors to explore on their own. There is a parking lot at Sand Creek Park located at 2700 N Peoria St, Aurora, CO 80011 where volunteers should meet. If volunteers can stay the whole day, that would be preferred however, two shifts are offered: 9am-12pm and 12pm-3pm. We have basic gardening gloves for volunteers to use but suggest volunteers bring their own gloves if they have them. We just ask that everyone wear closed toed shoes and long pants and dress for the weather (and to get dirty!). We do ask for everyone to bring water bottles and a lunch or snack as well (although we will try and have some water and snacks there for those who do not). Youth ages 10-17 can join us if accompanied by an adult who can oversee them, and anyone over 18 that is capable of the labor required is welcome!

Winter Bird Count on December 15 – Beginning to Advanced Birders Welcome!
With Denver Parks and Recreation staff, we’ll explore the Westerly Creek/Smith Road trailhead area of the Greenway from 9 am to 11 am to observe birds and add our counts to online databases. Basic birding instruction is available for newbies, and we welcome birders of all levels to join us!

Email Mo for more information and let us know you are coming to each event! mfair@sandcreekgreenway.org

Many thanks to all our volunteers who care for the Greenway and have fun in the process!

Citizen Scientist Opportunities

Colorado Dragonfly and Butterfly Monitoring Projects

Needed: Nature-loving volunteers for a new “citizen scientist” project!

Thanks to a new partnership with the Butterfly Pavilion of Westminster, our Sand Creek Greenway friends and volunteers are invited to participate as “citizen scientist” volunteers to measure the impact of climate change on migratory and resident dragonflies and butterflies on our Sand Creek! 

Commitment: Attend a training session and then visit a designated section (0.5 to 1 mile) of the Greenway 6-12 times between May and October to measure the presence of dragonflies on our Sand Creek.

Who can participate: People over 16 years old (or parents with kids at least 8 years old). Pairing up is recommended and only one person needs to attend the training.

For questions, email bnobles@sandcreekgreenway.org

Thank you for all your hard work in 2019!
Neighborhood Partners Environmental Team (NPET)

This group is made up of community members who volunteer on the first Saturday (with a few exceptions!) of each month in 2019 from 10 a.m. until noon all year round. Put the following dates on your calendar!

March 2 Commerce City
April 6 Aurora
April 20 Earth Day festivities
June 1 Aurora (We’ll be joined by Carl Bendorf, board member of the American Birding Association and founder of Iowa Young Birders for a brief talk on birding on the Greenway at the beginning of this work day!)
August 3 Denver
September 7 Xcel Energy Day of Service Commerce City. Advance registration for this event is required, and must be done HERE. 
October 5 Denver

Volunteer activities include trash pick up, removing invasive species, planting native trees and shrubs, removing graffiti, and repairing the trail.

We welcome all volunteers: singles, families, retirees, students, and children over five.

To sign up for NPET, fill out our online volunteer sign-up form or contact our staff at the general information line at (303) 468-3263 or mfair@sandcreekgreenway.org



Group Volunteer Opportunities

We offer year-round group volunteer opportunities for schools, businesses, community groups, and more. For more information, please contact general staff at (303) 468-3263 or  mfair@sandcreekgreenway.org.


One Time and Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Click here for a list of our most current volunteer opportunities.

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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