Project photo by Jessica Hughes
Where You'll Be:
Located about 30 miles northeast of Denver, the Wayne & Dorothy Mattive Open Space sits in the City of Brighton just a few miles from Barr Lake State Park and Interstate 76. Last year, state lawmakers designated I-76 as a "Pollinator Highway" in order to raise awareness about the Monarch Butterfly migration route and other pollinator species. The new initiative - created in collaboration by the state of Colorado, the Butterfly Pavilion, and People and Pollinators Action Network (PPAN) - will introduce more flowering plants and native species along the corridor, including in Mattive Open Space, to provide crucial habitat for migrating pollinators.
What You'll Do:
Volunteers aged 10+ are invited to join us on Mother's Day weekend to plant a new Pollinator Garden in Brighton's Mattive Open Space. You'll spend the day prepping and installing four plant beds containing native grasses and plants across 2.5 acres and, time permitting, removing invasive plants and re-seeding the area. Not far from the Denver Metro area, this is a fun and easy volunteer opportunity for everyone! Breakfast and lunch will be provided and partners from the Butterfly Pavilion and Brighton Bloomin' Buddies Garden Club will be on site to help, answer questions, and talk about the plant selections.
Why It Matters:
Your participation will provide much-needed habitat for pollinators in the face of continued development. These species - primarily bees, but also other insects such as flies and beetles, as well as birds and bats - are critical to supporting statewide agriculture and a healthy ecosystem.
- 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.