• Give Back with Outdoor Volunteer Activities for Groups

     
    POSTED April 30, 2022
     
  • Give Back with Outdoor Volunteer Activities for Groups

     
    POSTED April 30, 2022
     
  • Give Back with Outdoor Volunteer Activities for Groups

     
    POSTED April 30, 2022
     

Thank a destination that is hosting your group and have a teambuilding activity all wrapped in one. Here are a variety of groups to plug into for projects involving trails, historic places, waterways, and open space. 

The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks hosts one-day volunteer projects. Spend the day constructing or maintaining a nearby trail for Boulder locals and visitors alike to enjoy.   

The Colorado Trail stretches 500 miles from Denver to Durango. It’s a well-known pathway for hikers who want to travel much of the state on foot, passing over mountains, around lakes, and through a number of Colorado communities. The Colorado Trail Foundation volunteer crews make improvements to the trail, and groups are welcome to take part in the weeklong trips.

Colorado has 58 peaks that rise at least 14,000 feet above sea level—more than any other state in the continental United States. Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI) is a nonprofit, volunteer-dependent organization that helps restore and maintain the trails and fragile plant life. Volunteer outings range from three-day trail builds that involve camping near the worksite to wildflower seed collection, where seeds from native flowers will be used to repopulate barren trails. The organization’s Adopt-a-Peak program partners with corporate groups to perform trail maintenance and vegetation restoration work. CFI provides trained crew leaders, fully planned projects, and all the equipment needed to perform a stewardship project. 

The Friends of Breckenridge Trails offers a way to provide a helping hand in the upkeep of fragile habitats, open spaces, and trail systems unique to Breckenridge. Through volunteer projects offered throughout the summer, open spaces, trails, historic sites, and ecologically sensitive areas are maintained and restored.

Since 1984, Denver-based Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) has been motivating and enabling people to become active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources. VOC works with conservation and land agencies and relies on thousands of people annually to provide a volunteer workforce for outdoor stewardship projects. For corporate teams of at least 15 people, VOC can customize a Stewardship with a Team (SWAT) volunteer project based on a group’s needs. SWAT projects require a minimum donation to address the additional coordination, logistics, and supplies needed.

From land to water, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers in Fort Collins and Boulder County offers a wide range of projects. Whether groups are into clearing and maintaining trails, picking up litter from waterways, or building rock structures to maintain natural habitats, there’s something for everyone.

HistoriCorps based in Morrison works with volunteers to save at-risk places like settlers’ log cabins, century-old fire lookout towers, or the remnants of mining infrastructure in alpine meadows. This summer, HistoriCorps is leading the restoration of the historic Devil’s Head Lookout Tower.

Colorado brings home its fair share of recognition

As travel comes returns in many parts of the world, Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its 2022 Star Award winners on April 26, 2022. The United States debuted 10 hotels, three restaurants and seven spas on the Five-Star list, while London claimed the title of the city with the most Five-Star hotels worldwide at 21 on the list. On the local level, six Colorado entities landed a Five-Star nod, while 12 received Four-Star recognition. 

 

Honeycomb Strategies, based in the Colorado mountain town of Crested Butte and with a second location in Portland, Oregon, has been certified as a B Corporation. The women-owned sustainability consulting firm is helping the global event industry create sustainable management systems and reduce its footprint. 

B Corps are for-profit companies that meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and use their profits and growth to positively impact stakeholders and the planet.

 

Stepping outside of meeting rooms and experiencing a destination is often the difference between a successful gathering and one that is less than memorable. A smart way to accomplish this is scheduling time to check out local breweries, wineries and food halls, where there tends to be many choices to accommodate various tastes and a range of price points. Here is the latest food and beverage news of interest to groups from around Colorado.