Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

Youth and Family

Youth are often told they are the stewards of tomorrow, but WRV believes there’s no point in waiting until then. Our youth and family programs are focused on giving young people the access, motivation, and skills they need to be environmental leaders today. Nearly 5,000 young people have engaged so far!


Youth experiences in nature alongside a trusted adult are a powerful predictor of a future environmental ethic. WRV encourages youth participation in many of our projects. Many are family-friendly, meaning children under the age of 12 are welcome to attend along with a parent or guardian and actively participate in restoration efforts.

In addition, WRV offers several projects each year specifically focused on providing unique opportunities for families with young children to learn, work, and have fun together. These projects are listed as “Family Projects” and involve age-appropriate work geared towards younger audiences, extra supervision and support, and educational activities led by experienced educators and naturalists.

To find family-friendly projects, visit our project schedule here, and look for projects with the “Family Friendly” tag.

More complex and difficult projects are often limited to older children and adults; however, we are always willing to work with parents whenever possible. Please call our office at (303) 543-1411 to discuss how we can accommodate the needs of your family.


WRV stewardship projects are a great way for school groups or youth organizations to explore our area, get their hands dirty, and make a difference. Whether you’re looking for hands-on environmental education, a meaningful service opportunity, or just a chance to get outside, WRV can work with you to meet your needs.

Projects are:

  • Educational, and can incorporate a quick lesson in the field or more in-depth before-and-after learning experience in the classroom
  • Customizable, covering a range of topics including succession, fire ecology, native and invasive species, and environmental issues
  • Flexible, including half-day, full-day, multi-day, and ongoing opportunities
  • Skills-based and solutions-based, offering youth a real opportunity to make a difference

Each year, WRV provides field-based learning and service opportunities for hundreds of young people. We focus on meeting both the objectives of youth partners and the real needs of the public land agencies with whom we partner.

If you’re interested in scheduling a youth project with WRV, please fill out this interest form or email our Youth and Inclusiveness Program Director, Rachel Brett rachel@wlrv.org

YOUTH LEADERSHIP Youth volunteer with tree

WRV’s Youth Leadership Program gives youth a chance to take their stewardship skills to the next level. WRV youth leaders participate in ongoing skill-building and community-building opportunities over the course of the season. Youth can choose from several pathways to leadership, from High School Crew Leader training to an annual leadership summit to participating in the WRV Youth Leadership Development (WYLD) Program). Youth leaders:

  • Learn advanced restoration skills
  • Lead youth and adults on stewardship projects
  • Participate with old friends and make new ones
  • Learn about careers in natural resources from professionals in the field
  • Build their resumes
  • Fulfill service-learning and volunteer requirements
  • Explore Colorado’s beautiful public lands while giving back

To learn more about the year-long WYLD Program, click here.

To find out about leadership trainings open to youth and adults, visit our trainings page.

Ready to boss around adults and make an impact? Email Rachel Brett, Youth and Inclusiveness Director to learn more about getting involved.


The first-ever Youth Exploring Stewardship Conference is coming up soon, and we want to see you there!

What: A two-day leadership experience, where youth leaders from around the Front Range can…

  • Participate in hands-on stewardship
  • Learn outdoor skills like CPR, archery, and Search and Rescue
  • Explore future academic and career opportunities in stewardship, environmental education, and conservation
  • Meet new friends while enjoying the beautiful land around Cal-Wood
  • Take their leadership skills to a new level

Where: Cal-Wood Education Center (outside Jamestown)
When: October 13th-14th
Who: YOU! (High School Youth)

Participation in this conference is free, and meals and lodging at Cal-Wood are provided. Thanks to the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Foundation for their generous support!


Did you know? Kids today spend less than 30 minutes a day outside but over seven hours in front of a screen. WRV provides safe, meaningful, and fun opportunities for youth to engage with nature.