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Hi, my name is Emma Heth, and I’ve been interning with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) this summer. I came to VOC for a number of reasons, but it was my mother, Jen (Dunbar) Heth, who first drew me to VOC. She worked at VOC from 1991-1994 as her first job, formative years both for her and the organization. VOC was in its old office on Grant Street, Dos Chappell was VOC’s Executive Director, and I wasn’t yet born.
After a long, scorching summer, fall is a great time to volunteer: cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and fewer crowds on the trail. This is our final round of projects for the season, but there are 14 great options to choose from! Start daydreaming about your warm layers and take a look at what’s in store:
Grasslands and forests and mountains, oh my! Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) works in all kinds of environments, and each has its own conservation needs. That’s why we work with land managers of all sorts to help us understand exactly what each unique area needs. After 35 years of working in every corner of Colorado, we’ve learned that good stewardship requires lasting partnerships with organizations that share our vision of healthy outdoor places.
Summit County local, Tom Koehler, has helped care for Colorado’s outdoors for years as a volunteer with outdoor stewardship organizations including Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) and many others. Now, he has founded Sustainable Hiker to inspire others to care for the health and sustainability of water and forests in the Blue River Watershed and beyond.