Volunteers started Friends of Dinosaur Ridge and have been our lifeblood ever since!
In 1989, a group of volunteers, including local politicians, state employees, geologists, and paleontologists banded together to form the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge. Organized originally to stop the looting of the unique resources along Dinosaur Ridge, this group also had a vision of sharing their collective knowledge about the area with their neighbors.
Since its inception, the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge has grown to host nearly 200,000 visitors each year. Please help us continue the legacy of education and preservation by donating your time and talents.
Contact Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 303-697-3466 x107 if you are interested in any of the Dinosaur Ridge Volunteer Opportunities or for more information about a specific opportunity.
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VOLUNTEER TRAINING CLASSES :
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Current Volunteering Opportunities
Below is a list of current volunteering opportunities. Click a title to expand the details of the project.
Bring fossils and geology alive by being a volunteer interpretive tour guide at Dinosaur Ridge!
Throughout the year, over 16,000 school children take fully guided tours of Dinosaur Ridge or Triceratops Trail with a trained guide. Many of these tours are given using scholarship funds to schools that have 50% or more students receiving Free and Reduced Lunch. The tour groups range from schools to senior centers, and have between 12-250 participants. Tour Guides are well-trained and interpret the Dinosaur Ridge history and prehistory. Guides may work alone with smaller tour groups or with up to five other guides for large tour groups, but it’s up to you and what you’re comfortable with. If you come and train with us, we’ll have plenty of opportunities for you. It’s a great experience for interpretation and education!
Our school tour times are usually Monday-Friday, 9:30 am-1 pm (depending on the type of tour), outdoors, mainly March-October, and allow for a flexible volunteer schedule.
From May through October, the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge host monthly special events on the second Saturday of the month called Dinosaur Discovery Days. During “DDDays,” as they are affectionately known, Discovery Day Helpers answer questions and give short interpretive demonstrations at different sites along the Dinosaur Ridge Trail. There are also hands-on opportunities at the Main Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center where helpers assist visitors with easy-to-learn track painting, gold panning, fossil sifting, metal detecting, orienting visitors, parking, crowd control (as needed), and event set-up and tear-down. Training is provided the day of the event for all hands-on stations. This is a great opportunity for small groups and businesses looking to volunteer group time. Also, inquire about becoming a Discovery Day Sponsor!
We love having a steady stream of volunteers in our Exhibit Hall! Our volunteer docents assist visitors exploring Trek Through Time. Docents greet visitors, answer general questions, give short tours (if desired), and occasionally collect cash. Trek Through Time is open 7 days a week, 9:30 am- 3:30 pm, M-Sat, and 10:00 am-3:30 pm on Sunday. Work once a week, every two weeks, or cover open shifts as needed. Training is provided.
Learn a fantastic new skill! You can learn how to cast replica fossils for use in educational projects at Dinosaur Ridge and for sale in the Dinosaur Ridge Gift Shops. Training is provided.
We have a variety of projects that always need doing around the site!
From making sluice bags, to trail maintenance, general landscaping, and painting, we have an endless supply of interesting tasks for volunteers to do year round. We also have opportunities for groups, Scouts (especially Eagle Scout projects), and families. Let us know your availability and interest, and we can meet with you to find a project that fits your needs!
Something we haven’t mentioned?
Do you have a skill or are you interested in something not listed above? Let us know and we can try to develop a volunteer position that is right for you, or find that special project that matches your skill!
Contact Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 303-697-3466 x107 if you have questions or want to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Dino Ridge!