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Love Your Gorge

Join organizers from the Ouray Ice Park and Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership to help restore the natural resources in the Uncompahgre River Gorge. Historic use by the early settlers left mining, railroad, and other industrial debris, while more recent gorge visitors left construction debris scattered around – all of which was mostly cleaned up during the 2018 Love Your Gorge event. This year, we are continuing to remove debris, as well as addressing erosion issues around the top of the gorge.
 

Clifton Nature Park Clean-Up with Colorado Baby

 
Join us in maintaining and creating healthy landscapes to live and play by participating in the clean-up of Clifton Nature Park!
 
The event will take place from 9 a.m to 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 4, 2019 and includes the opportunity for a descriptive nature walk after monitoring the growth of our native plants, picking up trash, clearing out some weeds and playing some games along the way!  
 
This event is specifically designed for families and children to participate.
 

Colorado River Cleanup

The 15th Annual Colorado River Cleanup will be held on Sept. 7, 2019.
 
The Colorado River Cleanup is an on the water cleanup where trash collected on the banks is floated downriver to the takeout then disposed of.
 
The cleanup is done in three sections. Start times for each section will be: Fruita - 9 AM, Grand Junction - 9:30 AM, Palisade - 10 AM ready to launch. Shuttle service will be provided.
 

Yellow Starthistle

Join Mesa County on their noxious weed hunt for yellow starthistle, or pass on this info to someone you know!
 
Participants will receive a mini noxious weed lesson before scouting open rangeland above the town of Mesa.
 
Yellow starthistle is fatally poisonous to horses (causing chewing disease) and is considered poor forage for all livestock and wildlife. It also destroys native plant communities.
 

Audubon Arizona Conservation Workday

Join Audubon Arizona for their monthly conservation workday, and make a difference for birds! Corporate teams, scout troops, and school organizations are welcome!
 
What to expect: 
 
September's workday is a river clean-up at Rio Salado. Our monsoon storms bring much-needed water, but also a lot of trash and debris to the river. Help us clean it up! Please plan to meet at the Rio Salado Audubon Center at 8 am for a short orientation and area assignments.
 

Clifton Nature Park Clean-Up 

 
8 am - 10 am
 
Join us in maintaining and creating healthy landscapes to live and play by participating in the clean-up of Clifton Nature Park!
The event will take place from 8 a.m to 10 a.m. Sunday, August 11, 2019, and includes the opportunity for a descriptive nature walk after picking up trash and clearing out some weeds. 

South Platte Basin Tour

Jump on the bus for our two-day Annual River Basin Tour. This year we will visit the lower South Platte Basin June 17-18. 
 
Our tours are capped at 50 and frequently sell out. Reserve your spot today!
 
Check out the draft itinerary here.
 
We'll visit and learn at these sites and more: 

Paleontology Rafting Field Experience

 
Join a crew of expert paleontologists as we search for fossils in the previously unexplored depths of the Colorado River’s Ruby-Horsethief Canyons in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.
 
Crews will spend two days hiking side canyons looking for fossils and learning about the geological and paleontological history of the region. Participants will enjoy a night at Colorado Canyons Association’s private Catalpa Camp with expertly prepared meals featuring local ingredients and wine. Hiking and some light paddling involved.
 

Volunteer Event at Clifton Nature Park

Join us in maintaining and creating healthy landscapes to live and play by participating in the clean-up of Clifton Nature Park!

The event will take place from 10 a.m to 12 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2019 and includes the opportunity for a descriptive nature walk after picking up trash, pulling a few weeds and monitoring the growth of the native plants we transplanted last fall!

Volunteer Event in Honor of Dr. Russ Walker

 
9 AM – 2 PM
 

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Organizer: Tamarisk Coalition

Grand Junction, CO
Free the trees!  Help us improve wildlife habitat at Grand Junction Wildlife Area, located at Grand Junction's namesake - the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers.
 
Volunteers will be...
Friday, October 7, 2016

Organizer: Tamarisk Coalition and Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

Dolores River Canyon Wilderness Study Area
Join us for a second year working with the Tamarisk Coalition and the Dolores River Restoration Partnership to restore habitat along the Dolores River in Bedrock, CO. Volunteers will hand remove non-...
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Organizer: Roaring Fork Conservancy, Garfield County, City of Glenwood Springs, and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers

Glenwood Canyon
Glenwood Springs, CO
Join the ongoing effort to remove and discourage the regrowth of tamarisk, an invasive species that is quickly making it's way up the Colorado River corridor. 
 
Volunteers will be rewarded for their...
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Organizer: Roaring Fork Conservancy

Basalt, CO

Volunteers of all ages welcome! Join Roaring Fork Conservancy for a free breakfast before cleaning up a 1-mile section of the river. Prizes for: Best of Trash, Most Toxic, Most Useful, Most...

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Organizer: Rimrocker Historical Society, the Dolores River Restoration Partnership, and the Tamarisk Coalition

Uravan Ball Park
Uravan, CO
Join us on Saturday, April 22nd at the Uravan Ball Park to help clean up the park, remove invasive brush, build shade shelters, and help build and install birdhouses and signage! Free afternoon...
Friday, April 28, 2017

Organizer: Alpine Bank, Mesa County, Clifton Sanitation, the Desert Rivers Collaborative, and the Tamarisk Coalition

Clifton Nature Park
Clifton, CO
Take part in National Volunteer Week by joining Alpine Bank, Mesa County, Clifton Sanitation, the Desert Rivers Collaborative, and the Tamarisk Coalition in a clean-up of Clifton Nature Park! Shifts...
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Organizer: Colorado Canyons Association

Join CCA for a day on the river! They'll be working with rangers from the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office for a service project on the Gunnison River.  

Please Bring:

A boat! Smaller...

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Organizer: Western Association to Enjoy Rivers

Grand Junction, CO
SIGN UP for one of three sections:

Palisade Boat Ramp to Corn Lake State Park

Corn Lake State Park to Redlands Parkway Boat Ramp

Redlands Parkway Boat Ramp to Fruita State Park Boat Ramp

How...

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Organizer: Mesa County, the Tamarisk Coalition, Grand Valley Ducks Unlimited, and Toxic Calls

Clifton, CO
Join us in maintaining and creating healthy landscapes to live and play by participating in the clean-up of Clifton Nature Park!
 
The event will take place from 8 a.m to 12 p.m. Sunday, August 6,...
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Organizer: Colorado Canyon Association

Bring your boat and your adventurous spirit Colorado Canyon Association's (CCA) overnight river trip down the Ruby-Horsethief section of the...

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