Volunteering in N Cheyenne Cañon Park is just the thing


Do you enjoy learning new stuff and sharing your knowledge with others? Would you enjoy volunteering in a national park like setting within the City of Colorado Springs?

North Cheyenne Cañon Park is looking for volunteer Hiking Guides and Park Ambassadors for North Cheyenne Cañon Park. Both Hiking Guides and Ambassadors will be trained by the Parks Department to serve as goodwill representatives for the Park. You will learn about the history and nature that is North Cheyenne Cañon Park, as well as leadership/group dynamics and safety skills. Information on training is at the end of this article.

As a Hiking Guide you will lead hikes for groups of adults and children, providing interpretative information along the way. Hiking Guide candidates must have some previous hiking experience.

Park Ambassadors are stationed at visitor centers and along the trails to provide similar information but do not actually lead the hikes.

The 1,600-acre park in the southwest part of the City just fifteen minutes from downtown. The park has some of the best and most diverse plant and animal life that this state has to offer. The Cañon is cut 1,000 feet into 1.5 billion year old granite rock, offering an incredible geologic classroom. The variety of terrain and nature is comparable to a smaller version of some of the great national parks in our mountains.

Volunteers often find it rewarding to join The Friends of Cheyenne Cañon, a private nonprofit organization that provides both financial and volunteer support to the Park. Joining the Friends organization is not a requirement to be a volunteer, but it does offer the opportunity to support the Park and ensure that it is there for future use and enjoyment for generations to come. Check out the Friends of Cheyenne Cannon of Facebook.

Training sessions will be held to help volunteers become more familiar with the Park and learn the skills needed to be a Guide or Ambassador. The first session is on Saturday, February 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Starsmore Discovery Center.

Call Andrea Arthurs, Volunteer Liaison for the Cañon at 719-385-6089 for more information and to sign up.

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