Where You'll Be:
Located in Northwest Greeley, Pumpkin Ridge and Hunter's Cove follow the Sheep Draw Creek (a tributary of the Cache La Poudre River), the regional Sheep Draw Trail, and a long-standing history. The area was once used by settlers for farming and sheep grazing, and local stories tell of Native Americans travelling the creek by canoe. In 2017, VOC volunteers helped build the soft-surface Firefly Trail in the northern part of the area, and in 2019, VOC did a BioBlitz at the McCloskey Trailhead. This project continues to follow the draw further up.
What You'll Do:
Join us on a Thursday morning for one of VOC's Citizen Science projects! This form of outdoor stewardship involves collecting data about the area's plants, animals, and insects to support the Greeley Natural Areas program in their site management strategies. Volunteers ages 12+ can sign up for the entire morning, or just a two-hour shift, to explore McCloskey Natural Area's variety of habitats. You'll get to learn about the area's plants and wildlife as you observe and record their sightings through the free iNaturalist app.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided, making this a fun and easy way to care for Colorado!
Why It Matters:
Your data collection will help inform the Greeley Natural Areas program about the biodiversity of the Pumpkin Ridge and Hunter's Cove including plants, birds, mammals, and invertebrates so they can develop and implement effective strategies for managing the site. These methods may also be replicated at other natural areas throughout Greeley, taking your impact even further!
- Minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on single-day projects.
- Cancellation: Our partners rely on VOC volunteers to accomplish critical stewardship needs, and our projects often have wait lists. If you need to cancel, please email Kendall Cox or call 303-715-1010 ext. 116 as soon as possible so we can free your spot for another volunteer and have a full workforce.
About Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC)
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is the state's oldest, largest, and leading outdoor stewardship nonprofit organization. Founded in 1984 to motivate and enable people to become active stewards of Colorado's natural resources, VOC has engaged nearly 120,000 people in more than 1,000 volunteer projects for a donated labor value of $24 million. Through award-winning youth and volunteer programs, leadership training, capacity-building programs, and collaborative efforts with nonprofits and land management agencies, VOC is an invaluable resource in Colorado, especially as our outdoor stewardship needs are approaching near-crisis levels. For more information, visit www.voc.org or call 303-715-1010.