Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Spring into Service with the Colorado Mountain Club

CMC, REI and Jefferson County Open Space Present the First
Trail Stewardship Project of the Season

GOLDEN, Colo –The state’s leading recreation, conservation, and education organization, the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC), will host its first trail stewardship project of the season Saturday, May 7 at 9 a.m. at the North Table Mountain Park trailhead on Highway 93 in Golden.  Spring Into Service is a family friendly outdoor volunteer project, co-hosted by Colorado Mountain Club, REI and Jefferson County Open Space. 

“While making your summer outdoor plans, think about volunteering time to help improve the heavily used trail system in Colorado that thousands utilize each year,” said CMC’s Land Partnerships Manager Lisa Cashel. "North Table Mountain Park is truly a local gem and we hope that our volunteer project will create a group of citizen stewards that will take interest in enhancing recreation opportunities in the park while protecting this special place now and for future generations.”

This event will feature three types of service projects – a family friendly nest box building station and park clean up, a teen friendly fence removal project and new trail construction for adults.  All projects will be designed and led by Jefferson County Open Space staff. Volunteers are asked to bring a day pack with water, snacks and extra layers for unpredictable Colorado weather. The event will take place rain or shine.

The CMC will also provide information about its popular hiking and mountaineering schools, adventure travel opportunities, conservation and youth education programs.  New members who join the Colorado Mountain Club at Spring Into Service will be eligible for a discount.

The Spring Into Service event wraps up with a free lunch provided by REI, gear giveaways, education booths, live music from the bluegrass ensemble Drive Fast, Turn Left, and a pack horse demonstration with the Backcountry Horsemen of America.

Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information, visit www.cmc.org/spring2service

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