This July, the Greenway Leadership Corps and High School River Rangers traveled to Phantom Canyon Ranch to work on a trail building project with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV).
Greenway Leadership Corps (GLC) is a group for Denver-based high school students to learn more about the environment and become active, informed citizens. Once a month, we have a GLC event, which ranges from volunteer opportunities, professional development workshops, or outdoor adventures.
Our High School River Rangers are high school students who work at our SPREE summer day camp, teaching lessons and activities, as well as learning about environmental education through daily workshops.
For this trail building trip these two groups come together to hang out and get to know each other, while spending time in a beautiful, natural space and working on trails!
TNC has a beautiful 1,200 acre preserve - or about 4 river miles - and it’s one of the last roadless river canyons in the front range of Northern Colorado. This makes it not only exquisitely beautiful and pristine, but also a vital and valuable wildlife corridor. This was our fifth year working with TNC and WRV on a trail building project at this site. This year we tackled three staircases and replanted willows along the Cache la Poudre River. We had a fabulous time exploring the area, stargazing and playing in the river when we weren’t working. Check out this video a student participant made of our time there!
A huge thanks to all of our participants, as well as TNC and WRV for helping make this trip a success. We can’t wait for next year!