Photo courtesy of Julie Majors (2019).
Where You'll Be:
Located in Colorado's Eastern plains, the Tamarack Ranch State Wildlife Area is near the town of Sterling and on the historic Pony Express and Overland Stage route to Denver. The area is open year-round to hunters and fishermen and, with many white-tail, waterfowl, turkey, and other small game, sees several thousand visitors per year.
What You'll Do:
Last year, VOC volunteers planted 1,600 shrubs at the Tamarack Ranch State Wildlife Area. Help continue this important work by planting more native shrubs to increase quail habitat and improve the ecosystem for wildlife as a whole. This project is open to volunteers ages 10+ and we will provide campsites for those who are interested in camping the Friday night before - a unique opportunity for a single-day project! Our fabulous volunteer Crew Chefs will provide breakfast and lunch on Saturday for all.
Why It Matters:
A diverse ecosystem is a healthy ecosystem. By planting native vegetation and increasing quail habitat, your efforts will ultimately improve and increase habitat for other species in the area including pheasant, turkey, eagles, snowy owls, pronghorn, mountain lions, elk, moose, and waterfowl.
- Minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on single-day projects.
- Volunteers are responsible for providing their own camping equipment. VOC will provide meals, tools, and work gloves.
- 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 125,000 people in more than 1,000 volunteer projects for a donated labor value of $25 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.