Naturalists and educators help staff lead educational programs (leading hikes, working with children, speaking to large or small groups), and often lead these programs themselves.
Requirements: This program requires specialty training (provided) and can include hiking, campfire talks, guest speakers, and more!
Time commitment: The time commitment varies by location and can range from one day per week to four times per month. These volunteers use their time to prepare and conduct talks, walks, and other programs for visitors.
Best time of year: This program is busier in the spring and summer, with a few programs happening each month, followed by a slower winter season.
Good for groups? No.
Good for one-time volunteering? No, this program requires training ahead of time, which makes it unsuitable for one-time volunteering.
"I volunteer because of my desire to help educate the public about the importance of preserving Colorado's beautiful places. I volunteer at
Roxborough State Park and along with six other volunteers, we implemented the first formal
Leave No Trace program within the Colorado State Parks system and have discovered over 30 "visitor-created/unauthorized" trails (more than three miles). These trails result in adverse disturbances to vegetation and wildlife, increases in erosion, increases in safety hazards to park visitors, and increases in fire danger. Through our partnership with Leave No Trace, we will provide educational opportunities to park visitors and various forms of communication to help our visitors better understand Leave No Trace."
- Mike, Volunteer Naturalist at Roxborough State Park
Read more about what our volunteers are currently up to on the
CPW volunteer newsletter.