VOC Blog & News


Welcome to VOC's Blog and Newsroom, where you'll find the latest on VOC events and accomplishments, volunteer stewardship tips, behind-the-scenes stories, features on VOC staff and volunteers, industry insights and more!

Have a story suggestion or want to write a guest feature? Contact Kellie Flowers at 303-715-1010 ext. 130 with your idea.

Each year, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) puts more than 5,000 volunteers on the ground to care for Colorado’s natural places from city parks to open spaces, grasslands, foothills, and alpine peaks.

But the people behind-the-scenes are just as important to our success. To celebrate their contributions and help you get to know them better, we’ll feature different members of our Board of Directors from time to time. Today, we’re putting Gerald Free in the spotlight!


Public lands have been a big topic in our national news lately, with companies like Patagonia raising their voices in response to policies for places such as Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. You might’ve noticed it closer to home in Colorado, too, as full-page ads by the outdoor industry are running in the Denver Post to urge Colorado’s Congressional delegation to protect America’s public lands and national monuments. 


The New Year has arrived and we have big plans here at Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC). With nearly 100 volunteer projects on our calendar, we’ve got a lot to do… and we want you to join us!

Whether you’re an avid outdoorist or new to the whole nature thing, there’s a place for you with VOC. As you think about the year ahead – the hikes and trips you’d like to take and fulfilling those New Year’s Resolutions – why not make giving back to Colorado part of your plans?

Not convinced? Here are 9 benefits of volunteering with us:


2017 was a big year for Colorado: we were the first state to celebrate our own Public Lands Day; our outdoor industry generated $28 billion in consumer spending; we ranked #1 in the Center for Western Priorities’ Conservation Scorecard; and our state became the new home of the Outdoor Retailer show, an estimated economic impact of $45 million.