Department: Workforce Center
Release Date: Sep 19, 2012
Maelly Oropeza, 970-498-6630, email@example.com
Larimer County Conservation Corps (LCCC) received a $5,000 grant for volunteer event support from the Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI). This grant supports several volunteer events throughout the year including National Public Lands Day and Youth Stewardship Day. National Public Lands Day will take place on September 29th, at the Arapaho Bend Natural Area from 1:30-5:00pm. Fort Collins Natural Areas has also partnered with the two agencies for this event to encourage the community to help clean up local recreational areas.
National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. As a unique element to this year’s project, volunteers will have the opportunity to take canoes and kayaks around the ponds in the Arapaho Bend Natural Area to collect fishing line and trash that often pollutes the water and surrounding habitats. Those who prefer turf can stay on land and clean up the perimeter of the ponds on foot. Waders will also be available. Volunteers will receive snacks and a generous goody bag filled with swag from partnering agencies.
The REI grant is also supporting the LCCC’s second annual Youth Stewardship Day, which is scheduled to take place on October 13th, at Lory State Park. Volunteers will be led by Larimer County Conservation Corps staff on a trail maintenance and/or habitat restoration project. Youth Stewardship Day is a day to celebrate youth and their impact on local service projects. This event will take place from 8:00am-1:00pm. Lunch and goody bags will be provided to volunteers. Shuttles to the work site will be available from the REI Fort Collins store.
These events are family-friendly and everyone is encouraged to spend the day celebrating access to local public lands. To register for either of these events, visit: REI.com/fortcollins.
About REI: REI is a national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. Founded in 1938 by a group of Pacific Northwest mountaineers seeking quality equipment, REI is committed to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through volunteerism, gear donations and financial contributions.
About the Larimer County Conservation Corps: The Larimer County Conservation Corps promotes individual development through service for the benefit of our environment and community. The program is based out of the Larimer County Workforce Center office and serves youth and young adults, ages 14-24. To learn more about LCCC and its programs, please visit http://larimerworkforce.org/lcycc/.
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