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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
 

Fryingpan River Cleanup

 
Help clean up one of the most beautiful stretches of river in the country! Volunteers of all ages welcome! Join us for a free breakfast before cleaning up a 1-mile section of the river. Prizes for: Best of TrashMost ToxicMost UsefulMost Unusual Trash, and Best Photo.
 
PARTICIPANT INFORMATION

An Evening with Jonathan Thompson

 

Earth Day Celebration with Rim to Rim Restoration

Join Rim to Rim Restoration at their Mayberry Native Plant Propagation Center for an Earth Day Celebration!  Enjoy live music, refreshments, and site tours of the property to learn about their current restoration and native plant projects.

Restoration Getaway: Dolores River Volunteer Event

Spend a few days camped out under the cottonwoods along the spectacular Dolores River with us, while you're there, maybe kill some Tamarisk. That's what we'll be doing. This will be our sixth year working down in this part of the state to eradicate the invasive water hogging, earth salting Tamarisk tree. Volunteers will cut small trees or regrowth of previously cut larger trees and may also cage some Cottonwoods to protect them from marauding beavers. 
 

Family Project: Middle South Platte River Restoration Volunteer Event

This event will take place along the S. Platte River near the town of Milliken (just east of Loveland and Longmont). Participants will spend a fun day planting and helping ensure that the S. Platte is sustainable for years to come, followed by lunch and midday s'mores around the fire circle. We'll also have some activities available for younger participants (age 5 and up).
 
This project is being organized by WRV Youth Leaders. Please come out in support of their hard work and help improve our local watershed!
 

St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal Volunteer Event

Enjoy panoramic views of the Front Range and heal a local area deeply impacted by the 2013 flood! In the aftermath of the flood, millions of tamarisk seedlings germinated, which pose a major threat to the watershed should they mature. Volunteers will continue work from the past few years, removing tamarisk through hand pulling, weed wrenching, and cut & stump treatment with herbicide.
 
Notes: Our project is located on St Vrain Creek, just east of the Boulder/Weld County line, where the Sept 2013 flood breached several lakes and carved a new channel.

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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: 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...
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...

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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