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Get Involved: Parks Open Space Trails

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of the Parks Open Space Trails Department. Volunteer today!

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Adopt a Park_Greenway Volunteers


The Adopt-A-Park Program is an effort to enlist community support through assistance with park and greenway upkeep. Community pride, a sense of ownership and better maintained parks & trails are the results of this program. 

Volunteer activities may include some or all of the following depending on the site:

  • Trash & debris pick-up - trash, debris, pet waste, recyclable material pick-up (including the separation of recyclables).  Bags will be left near trash receptacles for city crews to collect.
  • Athletic facilities clean-up – also sweeping bleacher areas, dugouts, courts, walks, etc.
  • Playground and picnic areas and clean-up – also sweeping sidewalks and pads around facilities
  • Monitoring and reporting – monitoring and reporting the condition of the park or greenway, including vandalism, non-functioning lights or other damage

Requirements  

  • Any individual, group or organization can adopt a Park or Greenway segment.
  • Monthly visits to your adopted area
  • A minimum of a one year commitment starting in January
  • Know and have read Program Safety Rules and Policies & Procedures before starting
  • Fill out and have on file with the City, a Maintenance Contract
  • Fill out and have on file a Volunteer Application & Liability Waiver
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Breeding Bird Monitor Volunteers


Do you have an affinity for our local birds? Do you have advanced skills in identifying birds by sight and call? The City of Longmont wants you in our Breeding Bird Survey Program!

Volunteers work in pairs, spending a minimum of two hours per survey per month at one or more properties, recording the birds they hear. One person in the pair observes and listens calling out what they see and hear and the other person writes down the information.

Requirements

  • Advanced bird I.D. skills (both site and call).  At least 100 different local species.
  • Previous breeding bird survey experience preferred
  • Ability to hike 2-4 miles over mostly flat terrain
  • Must commit to volunteering for a minimum of one season and to completing one survey per month).
  • Must attend at least one field training session with staff or experienced volunteer
  • Must have a Volunteer Liability Waiver and Confidentiality Agreement on file before doing field work.
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Citizen Scientists


In this program, volunteers will commit to regularly walking a 1/4 mile section of trail at Rogers Grove Nature Area (220 Hover St.) collecting species phenology data on either a paper form or on an mobile app. This trail will be one of many observation points tracking hundreds of species at locations nationwide. Additionally, the species we will be tracking will help our local City of Longmont Open Space team manage our local ecosystems more effectively. By monitoring a variety of important plant and animal species, we can learn more about how our Rogers Grove ecosystem functions as a whole.

 

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Clean Up Green Up


Clean-Up Green-Up events occur throughout the month of April and begin with a kickoff event typically held on the first or second Saturday of April. These events help keep our community beautiful and trash free.

Community groups, businesses, schools, neighborhoods, families, and individuals can participate. Volunteers choose a neighborhood, a park, a trail, an open space or a street to clean up (or we can assign an area).

After the kickoff and throughout the rest of the month, volunteers are welcome to contact the City to organize individual or group Clean Up Green Up events.

(Volunteers are also welcome to organize trash clean up events throughout the rest of the year through the Keep Longmont Beautiful volunteer program that covers the months of January through March and May through December. See the Keep Longmont Beautiful description below).

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Keep Longmont Beautiful


Keep Longmont Beautiful (KLB) events are trash clean up events occurring throughout Longmont. A KLB event can happen anytime during the year, except the month of April. April events are part of the Clean Up Green Up Program (described above). Businesses, schools, individuals/families, or other organizations are invited to plan and carry out KLB volunteer trash clean up events. Please contact the City to organize your KLB event!

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Photography Volunteers


Photograph Longmonts parks, open spaces, trails, wildlife, and our volunteers working hard to improve these spaces. Words arent necessary when photos can capture the stories of Longmont's wild places. Your images may be used in a variety of ways including on our website, to publicize volunteer events, and in our educational materials.

Requirements:

  • Volunteers must own a camera or a phone that can take high-resolution photographs.
  • Photographs must be taken from Longmont's public lands.
  • Landscape and wildlife photographs can be taken on your own time.
  • Volunteer event photographs can only be taken during scheduled one-time event times or must be prearranged with ongoing volunteers such as raptor or restoration volunteers.
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Raptor Nest Monitor Volunteers


Do you have an affinity for birds of prey? Are you an avid birder or looking to learn more? The City of Longmont wants you in our Raptor Monitoring Program!

You can set your own nest monitoring schedule, but we ask for a minimum of one 30 minute monitoring session per week during nesting season. You must supply your own binoculars or spotting scope.

Requirements

  • Experience preferred but not required.
  • Must have access to a pair of binoculars or a spotting scope.
  • Must commit to volunteering for a minimum of one nesting season.
  • Must attend at least one field training session with staff.
  • Must have a Volunteer Liability Waiver and Confidentiality Agreement on file before doing field work.
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Rose Garden Volunteers


City of Longmont's Memorial Rose Garden located at the west end of Roosevelt Park. The Memorial Rose Garden Volunteer Program is an effort to enlist community support through assistance with garden upkeep. Volunteers can enhance plant and overall garden bed appearance and improve plant health. Community pride, a sense of ownership, and a better maintained Rose Garden are the results of this program. 

Any individual, group or organization can adopt a designated portion of the Memorial Rose Garden and can volunteer during a portion of or all of the season between April and September.

Examples of volunteer activities include some or all of the following: 

  • Introduction to the Rose Garden – required meeting of all volunteers with Parks staff at the beginning of the season (usually sometime in April); will be used to orient participants to the garden, discuss tasks to be performed and answer questions.
  • Trash & debris pick-up – remove trash, debris, pet waste from area.  (Bags will be left in a designated area for city crews to collect.)
  • Dead-heading rose plants – remove spent blossoms according to procedures established by Parks Maintenance staff.
  • Pruning rose plants – perform needed trimming of plant growth according to procedures established by Parks Maintenance staff.
  • Weed pulling – removal of weeds from planting beds by hand; chemical applications will not be involved.
  • Composting plant debris – deposit all removed plant materials into a designated compost bin or area (dont leave any piles of plant material – leave all materials in bags provided).
  • Monitoring and reporting – monitor and report the condition of the Memorial Rose Garden including vandalism, non-functioning lights or other damage.
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Trail Ambassadors


Enjoy our City’s parks and greenways while collecting important visitation data and connecting with visitors! This is a new volunteer opportunity, and we are seeking volunteers to help join in our pilot stage of the program. April training required for participation. Please call or email post.volunteer@longmontcolorado.gov to get involved.

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