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History in Stone: The Story of Red Rock Canyon
Ruth Obee presented an hour-long lecture on the History of Red Rock Canyon drawing on her book History in Stone. Described as a “biography of place,” the book tells the story of one of the Pike Peak region’s most stunning sites, beginning, chapter by chapter, with the area’s geological origins, its recently discovered dinosaur tracks, marine fossils, its diverse ecology, the archeological evidence of early humans, and its more contemporary history with the arrival of the white man, including the colorful story of the Bock family, who owned the land for 80 years. It concluded with a detailed description of its final preservation as public open space by a group of brave and dedicated volunteers who pitted their wits against powerful development interests in order to save the land for the benefit of all.
– Ruth Obee has been a teacher, editor, writer and poet who accompanied her husband, a senior diplomat, to countries abroad, including India, Nepal,Pakistan, Tanzania, and South African where they lived for more than two decades.
Pond Wall Rebuilding
Work has been done at the Red Rock Canyon pond wall. Come over, take a hike, and check out the progress!
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Crew Leader Training
What: 2015 Pikes Peak Crew Leader Training
Where: Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Rd.
When: April 17-19
Why: This 2.5-day training provides you with the tools you need to become a certified crew leader and give back to the parks and open spaces we love so much.
To Register: If you are interested in representing FoRRC please contact email@example.com. General public registration will begin on Monday, March 16 at www.coloradosprings.gov/volunteer.
The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department is in the midst of planning the 4th installment of the Pikes Peak Region Crew Leader Training (PPRCLT), April 17-19. The training, produced in partnership with Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC), Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI), Friends of the Peak (FOTP), and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), is the capstone program of the Volunteer Stewardship Project and
In 2010, the Volunteer Stewardship Project was created after severe cuts to City budgets and the Parks Department in particular. In response to these budget cuts, TOSC created the website openspacevolunteers.org with the purpose of supporting area Friends Groups and increasing volunteerism in regional parks and open spaces. The Friends Groups were willing to increase the number and scope of trail maintenance projects, but were met by a challenge of a shortage of skilled crew leaders to lead the projects.
Fast foward to 2012, when the City Parks Department, TOSC, VOC, FoRRC, and RMFI created the Pikes Peak Region Crew Leader Training Program. The program was created with an intention to develop a skilled volunteer crew leader pool that would provide supervision on trail and restoration projects. Crew Leaders work in cooperation with Parks Department staff to implement critical stewardship projects that overworked park rangers cannot commit to. The program empowers Friends Groups to take ownership over the projects they steward and our parks are better off because of it.
In 2013 (the most recent year in which volunteer data is available), almost 3,000 volunteers donated more than 15,000 hours to the betterment of City parks, trails, and open spaces. This generosity of time and labor has reiterated the need for trained crew leaders who can help provide a safe, fun, and effective experience for every volunteer.