What skills do I need to volunteer?
How physically challenging is the project work?
How do I register for an event?
How do I sign my waiver?
When will I receive project details?
Is transportation provided?
Can I bring my dog?
Can I complete community service hours with WRV?
What does it cost to volunteer on a project?
I’m injured or otherwise unable to work on a project crew. Are there other ways to volunteer with WRV?
Can I volunteer in the office?
Do you offer internships?
Do you offer training?
Are there training fees?
What do the training fees cover?
How do I qualify for a discount?
Do you offer scholarships?
What is your cancellation policy for fee-based trainings and other events?
How did WRV get started?
What’s with all of the acronyms?
Can I purchase WRV merchandise?
When does the project schedule for next season come out?
I have a potential project idea for WRV. How can I let WRV know?
Published: 3/13/2020, Last updated: 5/14/2020
WRV is monitoring the developing situation and will meet or exceed all guidelines issued by local health authorities and official CDC recommendations to postpone or otherwise modify events. WRV’s staff is currently working from home and holding meetings online. Our main priority is the safety and well-being of our volunteers, staff and community, and we are committed to doing our part to slow community spread of COVID-19 in order to protect vulnerable populations.
With the State of Colorado transitioning from Stay at Home orders to Safer at Home guidelines on April 28, WRV began piloting small public restoration activities during May. At this time we expect all volunteer projects to run as scheduled this season, with new procedures as outlined below and subject to change. We are redesigning projects to meet group size limits, which currently means creating series of events of up to 10 people each. All activities will also allow for at least a 6-foot physical separation. For example, seed collections, weed removals, and habitat plantings work best when participants are widely spaced across the landscape, and use of certain tools already requires a 6-foot safety radius. Many of our restoration sites are also closed to the public, providing an opportunity for volunteers to enjoy outdoor recreation safely while not over-burdening our open space areas.
It is important to note that activities such as spending time outdoors, getting exercise, and volunteering for a cause you believe in all convey benefits for our health and well-being. Therefore we encourage you to continue to take precautions, but also to get outside and stay active! As we head into summer, we will continue to listen to our volunteers and monitor guidance from CDC, state and local authorities to make adjustments as circumstances change. Together, our goal remains to heal the land and build community to the best of our ability, especially at times like these.
Last Updated: 5/14/2020
Following are rules and expectations when volunteering with WRV during the COVID-19 outbreak. Thank you for helping us heal the land while keeping our community safe and healthy!
GUIDELINES FOR CHOOSING AN EVENT
PREPARING FOR YOUR EVENT
Watch this short video on what to bring to physically distanced projects:
DURING YOUR EVENT
AFTER YOUR EVENT
We provide any orientation and training you will need, unless we advertise for specific skills. We take special pride in helping newcomers learn the ropes so they can make a real contribution from the get-go.
It varies, but most events can accommodate a range of abilities. Project descriptions will include this kind of information. Generally, the high country trail projects are the most strenuous and our seed collection projects are least strenuous. And, there is plenty in between. We need people to help with event management and cooking, which might suit you if you like to get out but prefer not to do too much physical labor.
Visit our online calendar to find an event that interests you. You can view the the calendar in monthly, list or pinboard formats. You can search for events by date or by interest including program areas, counties/regions, family-friendly, and more. Click “Register Now” for the events that interest you. For a step-by-step how-to, click here. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email. Full details about what to bring and where to meet are sent five to seven days prior to each event.
New for 2020, volunteers need to sign only one waiver annually. The annual waiver is now attached to each project, so you can sign while registering for a project. If you are already signed up for one or more projects, you can sign your annual waiver online or download and bring it with you to a project.
You should receive project details five to seven days before the start date of your project. If you have not received details within five days of your project, check the spam or junk folder of your inbox. If you still cannot find your project details, email the WRV Staff Liaison (WSL) for your project, or email email@example.com or call 303-543-1411 ext. 1 during business hours.
Note: Carpooling has been suspended during COVID-19. Generally, we do not provide transportation to projects. However, when you sign up for a project, you will have the option to sign up to carpool. If you do, we’ll share your basic contact information with other volunteers on your project who also want to carpool. You are responsible for contacting them to arrange a ride. Even better, invite a friend with wheels to register!
Unfortunately, no. We have nothing against pets. It’s just that pets can become a safety risk as well as a negative impact to wildlife and vegetation in the areas where we work.
Yes, we are happy to sign off on your community service hours. Please let WRV staff know in advance if you will be completing community service hours with us by emailing the WRV Staff Liaison (WSL) for your project directly or firstname.lastname@example.org. If your community service hours are court-mandated, please bring your community service log, a government issued ID, and the contact information of your court supervisor.
There are no fees to volunteer.
Yes. Depending on your capabilities, there are often roles such as greeter, photographer, cook, etc. that are less physically demanding on a project. We also have in-office opportunities for volunteers. Please email us email@example.com and we can let you know what opportunities are available.
Yes, there is plenty to do in the office to support our projects and programs. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-543-1411 ext. 1. We’d love to discuss these opportunities with you!
Yes. For more information on internships, please visit our Staff and Jobs page.
Yes. Please see Corporate Groups for details and fill our our group project form.
We welcome groups to attend most projects. If you wish to bring family members, just bump up the “number attending” when you register. If you wish to bring friends or organize a group of colleagues, please contact Amy Ansari at 303-543-1411 ext. 104 or e-mail her at email@example.com. We will add a group registration, and you can have your individual group members then sign up under that group name.
We try whenever possible to include children. The minimum age varies from project to project according to the difficulty and safety issues. On most projects, children in small numbers can be accommodated. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an authorized adult whose primary responsibility is their supervision.
Note: During COVID-19, the minimum age has been raised to 12 for half-day projects or 14 for full-day projects. Many trail, forestry, and overnight projects have higher minimum ages of 16-18. The Family Friendly designation is used to indicate projects where children under the age of 12 are permitted to participate in the restoration work along with a parent or guardian. These projects tend to be safer and easier than other projects, but may still involve camping or full-day events. However, project days can be long for young children, so “tag-teaming” is always recommended when bringing children ages 8 and under. “Tag-teaming” means that children come with two parents/adults that can take turns supervising the children and participating in the restoration work. We find that this creates the best project experience for both children and adults. If you have questions or concerns about bringing a child to a particular Family Friendly project, please call the WRV office at 303-543-1411 x1.
Most WRV projects have a stated minimum age. This indicates approximately the youngest child we anticipate can readily complete the work tasks involved in this project. This minimum age also takes into account other factors such as weather exposure and difficulty of access to the work site. Every child is unique, with different propensities for outdoor work and general hardiness out in the elements. If parents are willing to tag team, so at least one person can focus on the needs of the child, and the parents are comfortable in the outdoor setting of the project, then there is a very good chance you can bring a child who is younger than our stated minimum age and have a fantastic experience. Please call the WRV office at 303-543-1411 x109 to discuss how we can accommodate the needs of your family. We love having family participation! For more information, see the FAQ above about “Family Friendly projects.”
Youth educational day camps are sometimes, but not always, held in conjunction with family friendly projects, and if so, will be listed at the bottom of the project description with an age-range on the WRV website. Day camps provide opportunities for children to participate in age-appropriate environmental activities and service while adults and teens volunteer on the larger project at the same location. Participation in these camps requires separate registration from the larger volunteer project, so check the project description for specific instructions on who to contact.
Yes, WRV offers a wide variety of leadership and skill trainings. View our full training calendar.
Some trainings are free while others have fees. We offer a discounted price to current members and current volunteers.
Our training fees cover materials, food (if provided), professional trainers’ time and often rental of space. We have worked hard to make these fees bare bones so that all may attend.
To qualify for a discount on a WRV event, you need to be a “current” volunteer or member. This means you have either made a membership contribution in the last 12 months or you have volunteered on two projects in the past two years. If you don’t currently meet either criteria, you can become a member now, or you can attend two projects this year, after which you can contact WRV for a refund of the difference between the price you paid and the discounted price.
Limited scholarships are available for WRV volunteers. Contact WRV at 303-543-1411 x1 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Note: During COVID-19, we are offering full refunds if you are sick or feeling uncomfortable about attending a training. The format of trainings is being changed to meet or exceed all CDC and local public health guidelines, including limiting class size and moving some sessions online.
If you need to cancel a registration for a fee-based event, please call the WRV office at 303-543-1411 x1.
Our standard cancellation policy is as follows:
Any amount not refunded will be considered a tax-deductible donation.
We use a variety of acronyms for many of our leadership roles on projects:
For leadership training information, check out our training schedule.
Yes. You can stop by our Boulder or Fort Collins offices for official WRV merchandise, please call ahead to make an appointment. We also try to bring merchandise to all social events, and some project events.
We build our project schedule during the winter. Check in around March 1 for the completed schedule and the opportunity to register. If you are a volunteer who receives emails, check your inbox around that time. If you are a member, we will send you our complete project schedule and registration links a week before we send out to the general public.
We send out project forms to agency contacts, partners, etc. every fall. If you would like to receive a project form, let us know and we will send one to you. Check Tell Us About Your Project for details.
WRV obtains funding from a wide variety of sources, including foundation and government grants, fees for services, corporate donations, individual donations, and memberships. WRV appreciates our many Sponsors and Partners.
46-0505155. This number is needed for some donations such as putting WRV in a will.
Smoking is discouraged at all WRV activities. WRV shall affirmatively enforce smoking restrictions where smoking is not permitted by law, or restricted by fire bans. WRV project smokers should exercise due care to extinguish smoking materials safely and should avoid annoying other participants with second hand smoke.
Illegal substances are not permitted on WRV projects. Marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law.
Overnight projects are a treasured opportunity to socialize with new and old friends in a beautiful outdoor environment. Many volunteers, however, want to go to bed early to be ready for the next day’s hard work. WRV asks that all project participants be considerate of other project participants and keep noise levels down in the evening and early morning. From 10:00 pm to 6:00 a.m., project participants are asked to avoid making any unnecessary noise that will carry to sleeping areas.
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) conducts its contests as described in these general contesting rules. By participating, each participant agrees as follows: