Volunteer Opportunities

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Please be advised that COVID-19 precautions vary depending on the location/partner of each project. Volunteers must agree to adhere to recommended safety protocols and attest that they are symptom-free to participate at in-person events.
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Late Summer-Fall 2021

Dotted Blazing Star (Liatris punctata)

Volunteer at a Pop-Up Seed Collection & Cleaning Event

When: Late August-October (dates/times TBD) See below for scheduled events
Where: Fort Collins area, Denver Metro area, Colorado Springs area (locations TBD)

Interested in learning how to collect and clean native seeds from your garden? Join the Wild Ones Front Range Chapter and our Seed Swap partners for a Pop-Up Seed Collection and Cleaning event!

Events are scheduled as seeds ripen. Space is limited, so please RSVP to the emails listed below. On the calendar thus far are collections at:

Foxridge, Centennial,  Thursday 8/20 4:00-6pm (target species: Heterotheca villosa)

Trenton Xeriscape, Centennial,  Thursday 9/2 4:30-6pm (target species: Fallugia paradoxaRatibida columniferaMonarda fistulosa, Cercocarpus ledifolius)

Northern Water Campus, Berthoud,  Saturday 9/4 4-6:30pm (target species: whatever is ripe)

Wild Ones Member Betty Jo Page’s Garden, Wheat Ridge,  Sunday 9/5 3-5pm (target species: Penstemon strictusMonarda fistulosa)

Wild Ones Garden Tour Host John Murgel’s Garden, Centennial,  Thursday 9/9 4:30-6pm (target species: Mirabilis multifloraPenstemon palmeriBerlandiera lyrata)

Mineral Pollinator Garden, Centennial,  Sunday 9/12 8-10am (target species: Fallugia paradoxaRatibida columniferaMonarda fistulosa)

Audubon Nature Center Native Garden, Littleton, Friday 9/17 8-10am; this event is only open to Denver Audubon Volunteers (target species: Mirabilis multifloraMonarda fistulosa, Zinnia grandiflora, Cercocarpus montanus)

Wild Ones Member Jonathan Sciarcon’s Garden, Centennial,  Saturday 9/18 8-11am (target species: Mirabilis multifloraPenstemon strictusCoreopsis tinctoria, Cleome serrulata, Helianthus annuus, Rudbeckia hirta)

Westerly Creek native garden beds, Denver Parks’ Northeast District, Denver,  Wednesday 9/22 8:30-11am (collection will be led by DPR staff horticulturist Rahman Minhas; seed collection will follow some weeding)

Trenton Xeriscape, Centennial,  Thursday 9/24 4-6pm (target species: Fallugia paradoxaPenstemon strictus, Penstemon palmeri, Symphyotrichum laeve, Ratibida columniferaMonarda fistulosa, Heliomeris multiflora)

Wild Ones Member Jenifer Heath’s Garden, southeast Denver  Saturday 9/25 8-10:30am (target species: Dalea purpurea, Rudbeckia hirta, Helianthus maximiliani, Callirhoe involucrata, Liatris spp., Erigeron speciosus, Amorpha spp.)

Lisa Negri’s Summer Home Garden, Denver, Saturday 9/25 3-5:30pm (target species: whatever is locally/regionally native and ripe)

Westerly Creek native garden beds, Denver Parks’ Northeast District, Denver,  Wednesday 10/06 8:30-11am (collection will be led by DPR staff horticulturist Rahman Minhas; seed collection will follow weeding as needed)

Please reach out via email to volunteer at a collection or seed swap event or to arrange a donation of native seeds from your garden.
Metro Denver: contact frontrangewildones@gmail.com
Colorado Springs area: contact manitouseedlibrary@gmail.com
Fort Collins area: contact NOCO@peopleandpollinators.org

For tips on collecting and cleaning native seeds, please check out the article by Jan Midgley from the September, 2020 Front Range Report.

Collected seeds support the upcoming Native Seed Swaps, Front Range Seed Libraries, native plant demonstration gardens, research into native seed germination best practices and the efforts of native plant propagation group members.

Spring-Summer-Fall 2021

Volunteer in Denver Parks & Rec Habitat Gardens

When: Bi-monthly, beginning Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 9:30am-12pm (start/end times may vary)
Where: Denver Parks & Rec Northeast District (locations vary)

Contact: frontrangewildones@gmail.com

Join Wild Ones Front Range Chapter volunteers in planting and maintaining habitat gardens in Denver Parks’ Northeast District. Work alongside city horticulturists and learn about plants native to our region. Wind, birds and animals all assist in seed dispersal; this is a great opportunity to identify which plants are weeds and which plants are keepers.  No gardening experience is necessary; tools and training are provided; shifts are planned spring-fall.

Volunteers planting at the Depot Pocket Prairie

Volunteer at the Depot Pocket Prairie Park

When: Thursdays, spring-fall (5-6:30pm)
Where: Depot Pocket Prairie Park, 601 W. Dartmouth Ave, Englewood, CO

Register to Volunteer: Depot Pocket Prairie Park/Englewood Engaged

Fueled by volunteers, planting at the Depot Pocket Prairie is happening in stages. The plants have been selected for their benefit to pollinators and wildlife, resilience, and beauty. Every Thursday evening, volunteers are welcome to come help with weeding and garden maintenance to support the newly planted pollinator habitat. Whether you can come once, weekly or monthly, all help is welcome. No experience is necessary! This is an opportunity for hands-on learning about native landscape maintenance.

Weeding out Bindweed and Cheatgrass to liberate native perennials and shrubs

Volunteer at the Ekar Farm Native Garden

When: Days/times vary, spring-fall
Where: Ekar Farm, just north of the Denver Academy of Torah 6825 E Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80224; access to Ekar Farm is off of Oneida Street

To Volunteer: Send an email expressing your interest in volunteering at Ekar.

Ekar Farm aims to cultivate healthy communities by growing sustainably produced fruits and vegetables. The farm staff set aside an area to grow native plants as an educational opportunity, and have asked Wild Ones to help design and plant this native plant demonstration garden. It is currently full of weeds, but we are slowly clearing it, and will be ready to plant in the fall. We will have signage highlighting the benefits of native plants.

Wild Ones Board Member Deb Lebow Aal at the City Park Farmers Market

Community Outreach at City Park Farmers Market

When: Every other Saturday, 7am-2pm, May-October
Where: Denver East High School 1600 City Park Esplanade, Denver, CO 80206

To Volunteer: Send an email expressing your interest in volunteering at at the Market.

The Wild Ones Front Range Chapter is partnering with Urban Roots to bring native and regionally appropriate plants to Denver’s City Park community. Volunteer to chat with market attendees about the benefits of native plants and how best to grow them in urban gardens. Volunteers will assist with booth set-up and break down. Market dates are as follows: 5/15, 5/29, 6/12, 6/26, 7/10, 7/24, 8/7, 8/21, 9/4, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16.

Spring 2021

Peggy Hanson chat’s with an HPEC habitat fair attendee in May, 2019

Volunteer Opportunity: Thornton Fest

When: Saturday, June 5, 2021, time TBD
Where: TBD

Contact: frontrangewildones@gmail.com

Volunteer to share our mission with the community of Thornton! We will be tabling alongside other mission-aligned organizations: Bee Thornton, the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, People and Pollinators Action Network.

EarthLinks is our host for the Denver Pollinator Plant Swap

Pollinator Plant Swap: Denver

When: Sunday, June 6, 2021, 10am-1pm (plant donor/volunteer early access at 9:30am)
Where: EarthLinks 2746 W 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80204

Contact: frontrangewildones@gmail.com
Volunteer: Please provide us with your contact information on this form.

Pollinator Plant Swaps are community-investment, pay-it-forward events; they are free and open to the public. These events make pollinator-friendly plants available to people who might not otherwise have access to them. We will be spotlighting native plants because of their critical role in pollinator conservation. Our aim with these “pay-it-forward” events* is to get ecologically valuable, pesticide-free plants into the yards and gardens (and outdoor pots) of residents in underserved communities with limited access to plants. Native plants will attract native bees, butterflies, moths and birds to neighborhoods lacking in access to nature.

* Attendees do not need to bring plants to participate. For more information on donating plants and volunteering to support this event please visit the event page.

Photo: Louis Plachowski

Volunteer Opportunity: Greater Park Hill Garden Tour

When: Sunday, June 13, 2021, 9am-4pm
Where: Greater Park Hill Neighborhood, Denver

Volunteer: 2-3 hour tabling shifts available
Contact: frontrangewildones@gmail.com

Volunteer to share our mission with the Greater Park Hill community.