Project photo by Ciarra Hill
Where You'll Be:
Located just north of the Aurora Reservoir, the Pronghorn Natural Area is a newly-accessible open space that offers visitors 600+ acres of prairie and plentiful opportunities to view the namesake Pronghorn Antelope and Mule and Whitetail Deer as well as various raptor and other bird species. The area is easily accessible from the city and provides residents with outdoor recreation opportunities on the east side of Denver.
What You'll Do:
On this large project of 75+ people, you'll continue building a trail that was started by VOC in 2018. You'll work in small groups of 8-10 people to create new portions of a natural-surface trail that meanders through the prairie in Aurora's Pronghorn Natural Area. Open to volunteers ages 12+, this project is a fun and easy introduction to trail work as well as a great opportunity to spend time with family; discover new, local places to explore; get your feet wet as a new volunteer; or meet people from across the Front Range! Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Why It Matters:
The City of Aurora has few hiking opportunities and the Pronghorn Natural Area holds great potential for outdoor experiences. However, there are currently no developed trails in the 600+ acres. Your work will change this by creating a natural-surface trail, opening public access to the pristine prairie and helping the City of Aurora further its goal of encouraging active lifestyles and creating healthy environments for residents and visitors alike. Furthermore, the trail you build will ultimately become part of the Triple Creek Trail, a $1.5-million project to connect the southern end of the Sand Creek Greenway to the Aurora Reservoir, linking to regional trail systems that will eventually provide a loop from the Aurora Reservoir west through Highlands Ranch, north to Arvada, and back to Aurora through Commerce City.
- Minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on single-day projects.
- VOC will teach you everything you need to know day-of and provide all tools and equipment, including 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 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.