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 at 303-715-1010 ext. 130 with any media-related requests.

VOC is a leading statewide nonprofit 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 programs have engaged more than 115,000 people of all ages in caring for Colorado’s outdoors – a total donated labor value of nearly $23 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 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


Denver7; 7Everyday Hero Wayne Zahm is an active steward of Colorado's natural resources; 11/5/2019
Denver7; Wilder visits Denver7 Studios; 10/15/2019
Denver7; Uniquely Colorado event celebrates, benefits public land stewardship; 9/12/2019
Outlook Magazine; Partnerships build new trail opportunities in Castle Rock; 8/22/2019
CBS4 Denver; Volunteers Needed To Pull Invasive Weeds From High Line Canal; 8/13/2019
Westword; The 21 Best Events in Denver, August 12-18; 8/12/2019
5280 Magazine; 4 Organizations Taking Care of Trails This Summer; 7/30/2019
Outside Online; 8 Places in the U.S. to Do Volunteer Trail Work; 7/25/2019
Sky-Hi News; Volunteers Needed to Build New Trail in Grand County; 7/15/2019; Volunteering as a High School Student; 7/11/2019
SLV Lifestyles; Valley Residents Invited to Build New Trail in San Luis; 7/1/2019
9News; Every Coloradan Should Do Trail Work at Least Once; 6/28/2019
The Mountain Mail; A few things to think about as you head up to your favorite trails; 6/27/2019
Orapin Marketing + Public Relations; INSPIRED IMPACT: Ann Baker Easley; 6/27/2019
SLV Lifestyles; Your Forest's Volunteer Program: An Important Resource; 6/19/2019
Vail Daily; New Everkrisp trail will also officially open Whiskey Creek to mountain bikers; 6/16/2019
Summit Daily; Organizations celebrate improvements to Quandary Peak trail; 6/13/2019
Elevation Outdoors; Preventing Wreckreation: Tips for Playing Outside Responsibly; 5/22/2019
Denver Life Magazine; Calling All Nature Lovers; 5/4/2019
Outside Online; This Colorado Mountain Town Does Summer Right; 5/1/2019
The Volunteer Management Resource; Make Group Volunteering a Fun Experience; 4/1/2019
Martha Stewart Living; Out & About; 4/1/2019
Chaffee County Times; Trails grant adds $150,000 for Midland Hill system; 3/2/2019
Valley Courier; Valley residents will be SLV RMLUI conference presenters; 2/16/2019
Échappées belles; Les Rocheuses, l'Ouest sauvage; 1/14/2019

2018; The goop Guide to Volunteering; 12/23/2018
Boulder A-Lodge; 7 Non-Profit Groups Making Waves for Colorado Conservation and Stewardship; 11/6/2018
Colorado Parent Magazine; 6 Colorado Kids Making a Difference; 10/23/2018
The Chronicle-News; VOC teams repair public trails near dinosaur track exhibit; 10/19/2018
Vail Daily; 130 Eagle County volunteers log 1,001 hours building Everkrisp hiking and biking trail;10/15/2018
Good Morning Vail; VOC seeking volunteers for fence removal; 10/4/2018
Grand Gazette; South Fork Trail given a lift; 10/4/2018
Fox 21 News; New trail to the top of Cheyenne Mountain opens Tuesday; 9/24/2018
Elevation Outdoors; How to Give Back During National Public Lands Day; 9/19/2018
Summit Daily; Koehler: My season of stewardship; 9/14/2018
Loveland Reporter-Herald; Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado offer tips for stewardship; 9/12/2018
OutThere Colorado; Here’s how you can help rebuild a Front Range trail this weekend; 9/12/2018
Littleton Independent; Toolkit to help outdoor groups enhance volunteer efforts; 9/10/2018
Golden Transcript; Toolkit to help outdoor groups enhance volunteer efforts; 9/10/2018
Valley Courier; 'Stepping Up Stewardship Toolkit' launched; 9/10/2018
Douglas County News-Press; Toolkit to help outdoor groups enhance volunteer efforts; 9/10/2018
The Catalyst; Working Together for the Dixon Trail; 9/10/2018
The Gazette; Jim Bedwell Guest Column: We can prevent forest fires; 9/9/2018
Longmont Observer; “Stepping Up Stewardship Toolkit” Launched to Expand Outdoor Volunteerism; 9/8/2018
Aspen Times; Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado is sharing its proven practices to help expand outdoor stewardship efforts; 9/6/2018
Vail Daily; Stepping Up Stewardship Toolkit expanding Colorado’s outdoor volunteerism; 9/5/2018
Summit Daily; Late volunteer’s legacy gift funds trail projects in Summit County and across Colorado; 8/25/2018
Denver Business Journal; Good Works: Deloitte employees celebrate day of volunteerism; 8/23/2018
SLV Lifestyles; A week in the wilderness; 8/8/2018
Vail Daily; New trail will connect Eagle-Vail to Minturn on Forest Service land, volunteers needed; 7/31/2018
Englewood Herald; South High grad gets scholarship with outdoors focus; 7/16/2018
5280 Magazine; Cairn Youth Program Educates Teens about Environmental Stewardship; 7/13/2018
The Mountain Mail; Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado seeks volunteers for Continental Divide Trail work; 7/13/2018
Loveland Reporter-Herald; Larimer County offers grants for community nature projects; 7/12/2018
Chaffee County Times; COSC releases Stewardship Best Practices guide; 6/21/2018
Loveland Reporter-Herald; Enjoy music, gardens, a circus and more in the Loveland area this week; 6/15/2018
Clear Creek Courant; Volunteers add half-mile trail to Floyd Hill Open Space; 6/12/2018
The Mountain Mail; COSC Releases Stewardship Best Practices Guide; 6/12/2018
Valley Courier; 'Best Practices Guide for Outdoor Stewardship' Released; 6/4/2018
Colorado Roots; Lend a Helping Hand: Ways to Care for Colorado's Outdoors; 6/1/2018
Colorado & Company; Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado; 5/31/2018
CBS 4; You And Your Kids This Summer: Volunteer Outdoors!; 5/17/2018
Sky Hi News; Grand County Trails: Time for biking and hiking season; 5/16/2018
American Hiker; Teens on Trails; 5/16/2018
Post Independent; Outdoors coalition launches statewide initiative, database map to improve local stewardship; 5/12/2018
ColoradoBiz Magazine; Best of Colorado 2018: Nonprofit Runner-up; 5/11/2018
The Gazette; Meet the Green Mountain Falls man whose trails are having a breakout moment; 5/7/2018
Valley Courier; Land, Water, People: Connecting to the land through volunteering; 5/4/2018
Clear Creek Courant; County approves spending to build trails; 4/11/2018; Learn New Ways & Places to Travel with The Colorado Field Guide this Summer; 4/11/2018
50 Plus Marketplace News; Celebrate Colorado's Public Lands; 4/1/2018
The Mountain Mail; Volunteers sought for Salida East project; 3/23/2018
Valley Courier; Volunteers needed to restore Trujillo Meadows Reservoir; 3/22/2018
KOAA News 5; It's been more than 10 years, but the Dixon trail is nearly finished; 3/9/2018
The Gazette; Cheyenne Mountain trail completion appears near; Colorado Springs parks board to vote; 3/5/2018; Celebrate Colorado’s Public Lands with Unmatched Outdoor Pursuits and Meaningful Voluntourism Opportunities; 2/27/208
Durango Herald; Volunteer to protect our public lands; 2/19/2018
Your Mountain Connection; February Beneficiary: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado; 2/1/2018
303 Magazine; "Trade School" Brings Art and the Outdoor Industry to Understudy; 1/26/2018
KGNU; Dot Org: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, 1/25/2018; Care for Colorado: Voluntourism Opportunities; 1/19/2018
Vail Daily; Adopt a Trail volunteer trail-maintenance and education efforts expand to more public lands; 1/19/2018


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
303 Magazine; 9 Outdoor Clubs to Meet Like-minded People in Denver; 7/12/2017
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; Volunteer Tourism in Colorado: Trail Repair Organizations; 5/5/2017
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