Colorado’s natural resources, beautiful weather, and world class recreational opportunities are why so many of us choose to live, work, and play here. But, Colorado’s outdoors face many challenges, including federal and state land manager budget cuts, natural disasters, environmental changes, and increasing recreational overuse.
Fifty years ago, Colorado's population stood at 2 million people. Today, there are 5.4 million, and that number is expected to rise to 7.8 million by 2040!
The challenges facing our state offer opportunities for all of us to play a critical role in helping to ensure our public lands are well-cared for – both for our enjoyment and the sake of generations to come.
That’s where Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) comes in. More than 30 years ago, VOC pioneered outdoor stewardship in Colorado, and ever since, we have been effectively carrying out our mission of motivating and enabling people to become active stewards of Colorado's natural resources.
What exactly is outdoor stewardship? Simply put, outdoor stewardship is responsibly managing our natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations of people, plants, and animals.
Colorado needs Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado! We take pride in the accomplishments we’ve made and continue to make in our state. The impact of VOC’s work is notable and results in long-term benefits for our state’s outdoor resources.
Since 1984, VOC has engaged more than 115,000 people of all ages and backgrounds in caring for Colorado – a total donated labor value of nearly $23 million!
Over the years, volunteers have built and maintained trails, created healthy environments for plants and wildlife through native species plantings and invasive weed control, planted trees and gardens in parks and open spaces, and restored fire- and flood-damaged lands – all across the state.
People are caring for Colorado in more ways than ever! Recently, VOC launched the one-of-a-kind DIY stewardship mobile app, YourCO, to encourage individual acts of care that can be done anytime, anywhere.