Volunteer and Camp Free in a Colorado Park

Call for Volunteers to help keep a state park looking good. Source: Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Call for Volunteers to help keep a state park looking good. Source: Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Released by Mike Porras, CPW NW Region PIO

Volunteers can help maintain trails, earn a free night of camping at State Forest State Park. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help maintain trails at State Forest State Park in Walden CO and earn one free night of camping in one of the state’s most scenic parks.

Volunteers may choose between July 30, 2016, or August 20, 2016. Work is 8:30am to 4pm on each date.

As a reward for a fun day of making the park’s trails safe and compatible with the natural surroundings, volunteers may camp for one night free of charge — either the night before or the evening of trail work days.

“It’s important to maintain trails to keep them free of debris, mitigate erosion and repair the sections impacted from the elements and daily use,” said Park Ranger Louis Moeller. “It’s lots of fun and all for a good cause, so we encourage people to come out and join us.”

Volunteers should plan to bring water, snacks, a sack lunch, insect repellent, and appropriate clothing including gloves and sturdy shoes. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will provide tools and supervision.

“You will get your hands dirty, but nothing beats a little exercise while helping the environment, breathing fresh air and surrounded by beautiful scenery,” Moeller said.

To sign up for one or both trail work days, contact State Forest State Park at 970.723.8366 or via email.

State Forest State Park is located 22 miles east of Walden, along Highway 14 in Jackson County.

For more information about State Forest State Park, visit cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/stateforest.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 42 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.

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