Cairn Youth Program

Calling all teens interested in the outdoors, adventure, leadership, and fun! 

Are you a high school student looking to learn about and impact the natural world? Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado's (VOC) Cairn Youth Program has just what you're looking for.

About VOC's Cairn Youth Program

The Cairn Youth Program is an award-winning high school program that is named after rock cairns (piles of rocks) found along trails to guide and challenge hikers. Similarly, the Cairn Youth Program guides and challenges around 30 students each academic year to become caretakers of Colorado’s natural resources. Throughout the 9-month program, young adult mentors lead students through recreational activities, outdoor adventures, and stewardship projects (think trail building, planting, habitat restoration, and more) all along the Front Range. The program culminates in students planning and leading their own stewardship project for VOC volunteers!

Why You Should be a Part of the Cairn Youth Program:

  • Participate with your friends and make new ones 
  • Learn about environmental issues facing Colorado and the world
  • Gain leadership skills
  • Fulfill community service hours for school, while being outside
  • Build your college resume and earn letters of recommendation
  • Learn about careers in natural resources
  • Make a REAL IMPACT in caring for Colorado's outdoors


  • Aged 14–18 and enrolled in grades 9th–12th
  • Must commit to once–per–month activities (September–May)
  • An interest in environmental stewardship 

Interested in becoming a Cairn Mentor?

Cairn Mentors are young professionals who serve as role models for the students and lead them on monthly environmental education activities and outdoor leadership experiences. No prior stewardship experience is necessary! Click here to learn more and download the Mentor Application.

Questions? Contact Taylor Driver at 303-715-1010, ext. 114.