Where You'll Be:
Valued for its remote feel and breathtaking beauty, the James Peak Wilderness encompasses 14,000 acres to the south and west of the town of Nederland, not far from the tiny community of Rollinsville. It is home to high alpine lakes, wildflower meadows, and its namesake James Peak, which sits at 13,294 feet above sea level.
What You'll Do:
On this half-day project, volunteers ages 8+ will spend the morning digging up invasive oxeye daisies from the trailhead and surrounding areas. This is a moderately sized project with 50-65 volunteers led by Jim Jacobson, a volunteer who has attended nearly 200 VOC projects since 1991 and has been leading invasive plant removal projects in the Boulder Ranger District for years. Your participation is part of a multi-year effort (nearly 15 years!) to improve the ecosystem's health and this is a great opportunity for families and volunteers of all abilities to make an immediate difference in one of Colorado's treasured Wilderness Areas.
Why It Matters:
Although pretty, the oxeye daisy is an aggressive and highly destructive weed. VOC volunteers have worked for the past ten years to remove hundreds of thousands of flowers and seeds from the East Portal access point to the James Peak Wilderness. By joining this important effort, volunteers will help promote the health of native plants and prevent the weed from advancing further into the Wilderness Area.
- 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 contact Emily Schaefer at 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.