Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) in Denver is seeking volunteers ages 14 and older for a project May 5-6 at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Salida East Campground, 3 miles southeast of Salida on U.S. 50.

Kellie Flowers, VOC marketing and communications manager, said increased visitation to the campground has led to user-created trails and litter in the Arkansas River.

“The volunteer project will enlist up to 65 volunteers to complete a variety of tasks designed to protect the area’s ecosystem from further degradation and improve the campground’s ability to withstand increased use, including strengthening existing tent sites and building a sustainable trail for recreationists to access the Arkansas River,” Flowers said.

Specific tasks will include spreading grasses and native seeds, digging and laying down timber to strengthen the tent sites, she said.

She recommended volunteers wear comfortable long pants and closed-toed shoes for safety reasons.

Participants can sign up for one or both days, and camping spots will be available at the work site.

“Volunteers who plan to camp should take a tent, sleeping bag and anything else required for camping,” Flowers said.

There is no fee required to participate, and VOC will provide meals, tools and work gloves for all volunteers.

To register for the opportunity, visit bitly.com/vocsalida or call Jamie Burke at 303-715-1010, extension 116.

VOC is a nonprofit volunteer organization that aims to motivate and enable people to be active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources.

Since 1984, the organization’s volunteer, youth and leadership training programs have engaged nearly 110,000 people of all ages in caring for Colorado’s outdoors.

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