This summer, the statewide nonprofit Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado will lead multiple volunteer service days throughout the state in an effort to restore lands damaged by floods and wildfires.

2014 marks VOC’s 30th anniversary and the organization is celebrating with a variety of stewardship projects and special activities statewide. This year, more than one-third of VOC’s public volunteer opportunities – including some of which are special 30th anniversary commemorative projects – are flood and fire restoration-related.

Below are some of VOC’s upcoming flood and wildfire mitigation projects taking place in June and July; similar projects will be announced throughout the season. Additionally, several other projects are scheduled for August through October.

July 11 – Poudre Learning Center Flood Restoration
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., skill level: easy and moderate, minimum age to volunteer: 8
The September 2013 floods severely impacted the Poudre Learning Center in Greeley and left many areas in need of restoration. Volunteers will re-seed areas that have been inundated with sediment, restore washed-out trails, help to fortify an oxbow (river bend) along the Cache la Poudre River and pick up flood debris.

VOC volunteer opportunities are open to the public, and no experience or training is necessary to volunteer. Volunteers are asked to register in advance to ensure adequate quantities of tools, supplies and food. Register via the VOC volunteer project calendar at www.voc.org/volunteer or by calling 303-715-1010.

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