Press Room

Welcome to Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado's Press Room!

This page is designed to provide members of the media with quick access to information about Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC). You may also contact Kellie Flowers, Marketing & Communications Manager, at 303-715-1010 ext. 130 with any media-related requests.

VOC is a leading statewide nonprofit volunteer organization whose mission is to motivate and enable people to be active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources. Since 1984, VOC’s award-winning volunteer, youth, and leadership training programs have engaged more than 110,000 people of all ages in caring for Colorado’s outdoors – a total donated labor value of nearly 22 million. These volunteer efforts have made a lasting impact on Colorado communities through hands-on work in wildfire and flood restoration, trail building and maintenance, tree planting and re-forestation, and much more. 

Check out the resources below to learn more about VOC and recent happenings:

Who we areRead a brief overview of VOC and our volunteer programs.

Photos and stories: See the impact that our volunteers have had across the state by exploring photos and stories from all of our outdoor volunteer projects and programs on our Facebook page.

VOC Library: Download VOC marketing publications, including year-end reports and project season mailers.

Recent News Coverage


Denver Post YourHub; Volunteers recognized for commitment to Colorado's outdoors; 11/27/17
The Gazette; Preserving Colorado's church of the wild will require a significant shift; 11/18/17
Hulafrog; 36 Ways Your Kids Can Give Back In & Around Aurora, CO; 11/15/17
5280 Magazine; Are we loving Colorado's wild places to death?; 10/1/17
American Trails Magazine; Stewardship training beyond boundaries; 9/16/17
The Gazette; Long wait for Pikes Peak region's 2nd most-famous trail could be reaching end; 9/15/17
Post Independent; Volunteers give busy Hanging Lake Trail much needed attention; 9/13/17
5280 Magazine; Get Involved: Help Restore Hanging Lake Trail; 9/6/2017
Vail Daily; New Minturn Mini Mile trail took a volunteer army to build; 9/5/2017
Denver Post; Hanging Lake Trail to temporarily close for volunteer restoration work; 8/30/2017
Vail Daily; Hanging Lake Trail will be closed for volunteer restoration work; 8/29/2017
Grand Junction Sentinel; Volunteers swoop in to clean up mess; 8/22/2017
Elevation Outdoors; Local Hero: Ann Baker Easley; 8/1/2017
Colorado & Company; Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado; 7/27/2017
KKCO; New statewide stewardship initiative aims to improve volunteer efforts; 7/21/2017
Western Slope Now; Growing Use on Public Lands Brings Outdoor Groups Together for Summit; 7/19/2017
Summit Daily; Conservation fund doles out $4.5M to nonprofits in 10 years; 7/8/2017
KRDO; Sportswear brand apologizes for photo of models standing Hanging Lake; 6/15/2017
Denver Business Journal; Thought Leader: Ann Baker Easley combines volunteering with love of outdoors; 6/8/2017
Canyon Courier; Volunteers reroute Dedisse Park's path to Alderfer/Three Sisters; 6/6/2017
9NEWS; 9 ways you can help restore Colorado trails; 6/3/2017
9NEWS; What you can do to 'Keep Colorado Colorful'; 5/23/2017
Boulder Weekly; Seize the day: Celebrating Colorado's first Public Lands Day; 5/17/2017
KGNU; Dot Org: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado; 5/15/2017
9NEWS; Steve West: Protecting Colorado's trails since 1991; 5/10/2017
Denver Post; "Field Guide" to Colorado tourist spots off the beaten path guides locals to new corners of the state; 5/3/2017
Loveland Reporter-Herald; Hermit Park Open Space reopens to offer early visitors an uncrowded experience; 3/1/2017
Canon City Daily Record; BLM and VOC team up to develop a 'Public Lands Champion' digital badge; 1/31/2017


Footprint Magazine; 4th Annual Trail Skills Training (Page 27); 12/19/2016
Colorado & Company; Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, "YourCO" App; 11/22/2016 
Reporter-Herald; Volunteers help build new trail at Hermit Park Open Space; 11/16/2016
Pagosa Daily Post; Conservation Fund Awards $18,000 to Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado; 11/16/2016
Chaffee County Times; Mount Columbia will be a multi-million dollar mountain; 10/20/2016
Chaffee County Times; VOC plans release party for mobile app; 10/20/2016
Reporter-Herald; Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado to offer Wildlife Whiz badge; 10/19/2016
Vail Daily; New Minturn Mile trail opens; 10/4/2016
Colorado Springs Independent; The race to support Dixon Trail; 9/28/2016
Denver Post; Protect Colorado's high (and high-dollar) places; 8/9/2016
Summit Daily; Volunteers build final segment of Galena Ditch Trail in Breckenridge; 7/23/2016
Denver Post Op-Ed; How to prevent loving Colorado's outdoors to death; 6/24/2016
Reporter-Herald; Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado offers projects for teens; 5/18/2016
The Gazette; On the run: Two ways for runners to aid construction of trail on Cheyenne Mountain; 5/5/2016
Columbine Courier; Youth volunteers restore eroded trail at Chatfield State Park; 5/4/2016
Fox21; Volunteers gather to spruce up Red Rock Canyon; 4/25/2016
Pagosa Daily Post; Get Outside... and Give Back to Colorado's Outdoors; 3/30/2016
The Tribune; Volunteers needed to help with Colorado's public lands in Weld County; 3/19/2016
Colorado & Company; Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado; 3/2/2016


American Trails Magazine; Fire and Flood: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado crews restore flood and fire-damaged trails; 11/16/2015
Real Vail; Wildfires, shrinking Forest Service budget put premium on trail volunteers; 10/2/2015
Denver 7; Volunteers Restore Black Forest Regional Park; 7/14/2015
The Gazette; Journey to summit of Cheyenne Mountain remains a long trip; 6/4/2015
KOAA Channel 5; Non-profit recruiting volunteers for Waldo Canyon restoration events; 5/21/2015
Sky-Hi News; Give Back to Colorado's outdoors as a volunteer; 3/24/2015
The Gazette; Trail Talk: Horses get in on fun at park; 1/22/2015


Denver Post; Cardio with heart: How to stay in shape while volunteering in Colorado; 11/17/2014
Elevation Outdoors; Care for CO; 10/20/2014
Greeley Tribune; Poudre Trail, Learning Center open after floods; 7/19/2014
Clear Creek Courant; Not afraid of hard work: Volunteers rehabilitate Mount Bierstadt trail; 7/6/2014


KKTV Channel 11; Volunteers Work To Prevent Flooding In Waldo Burn Area; 3/31/2013
Fox21; Restoration at Flying W Ranch to avoid flooding in Mountain Shadows; 3/30/2013


Denver Post; Volunteers tidy up Denver’s Washington Park trails; 10/15/2011

In previous years, VOC has been featured in numerous local and national high-profile publications, broadcasts, and other media. Examples include 5280 Magazine, 9NEWS Denver, American Trails, Chaffee County Times, Clear Creek Courant, The Coloradan, Colorado & Company, Colorado Parent, Colorado Public Radio, The Denver Post, The Durango Herald, Elevation Outdoors Magazine, FOX21 News, The Gazette, The Greeley Tribune, Loveland Reporter-Herald, The Pagosa Daily Post, The Salida Citizen, Summit Daily News, Vail Daily, and World of Trails Magazine.

Media Contact:
Kellie Flowers, Marketing & Communications Manager
303-715-1010 ext. 130