Outdoor Stewardship in Colorado

The Colorado outdoors face many challenges, creating a need for our attention and community participation to ensure our public lands are protected and cared for.


Some of the challenges to Colorado's outdoors include:

  • Shrinking budgets for land management agencies
  • Environmental stressors
  • Population and development pressures
  • Increasing use and sometimes overuse of these lands by the public
  • Conflicting needs of public land users

The good news is that our communities care deeply about Colorado’s outdoors and are willing to help. Every year, volunteers care for habitats, restore burn areas, build and maintain trails, preserve historic structures, plant trees, restore wetlands and streams, educate youth and adults about the environment, act as trail ambassadors, live as campground hosts, staff visitor centers and much, much more. The combined monetary value of these volunteer stewardship efforts is $35 million.

Such challenges and opportunities have brought the topic of outdoor stewardship volunteerism to the forefront. As Colorado’s largest statewide volunteer stewardship organization, VOC is working to raise greater awareness and encourage discussion on the subject, and we’re honored to work with numerous organizations and agencies to do so.

Follow the links to learn more about:

VOC's Stepping Up Stewardship Toolkit – an online set of resources, best practices, templates, checklists, and how-tos for any group looking to start, enhance, or expand their outdoor stewardship programs.

The Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Coalition – a partnership of stewardship organizations and land management agencies working to elevate the awareness and importance of public engagement in caring for Colorado’s outdoors in a hands-on way.

Publications & Reports – a collection of research, reports, and publications on the topic of Outdoor Stewardship in Colorado.