Application Period Open for Lory State Park Volunteer Naturalist Training for Summer/Fall 2017

What: Lory State Park is now accepting applications for the 2017 Lory Interpretive Naturalist Volunteer training class until Aug. 18. Sponsored by Colorado State Parks and Wildlife and Friends of Lory State Park, the training is free, open to anyone 18 years of age or older, but limited to a total of 15 applicants.

During training, volunteers will be provided with a foundation for assisting with the Park’s environmental education programs. Over three five-hour training sessions, volunteers will learn about the parks natural and cultural history, wildlife and plant biology and identification skills, interpretation and presentation techniques to successfully work with youth and the public. Both experienced volunteers and enthusiastic novices are encouraged to apply.

In exchange for 10 to15 hours of environmental education training provided by the park, volunteers will be required to donate a minimum of 20 hours of service towards the parks environmental education programs within the year following the training.

Who: If you have a love of nature and the outdoors, a drive for life-long learning and a desire to provide service for your community, you’ll love being an interpretive environmental education volunteer. Outdoor environmental education volunteers are a motivated, curious, and interesting group of people from diverse backgrounds.

Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age and be willing to undergo a background check. The Lory Interpretive Volunteer program is an equal opportunity program, so those with disabilities are encouraged to apply as well.

  • Must be willing to read, study and participate in all class sessions.
  • Must have an interest in natural and cultural history, and feel a connection with nature.
  • Must possess or be able to learn good communication skills and must enjoy working with the public.
  • Must have access to the internet. 

When: Wednesday, August 23, Friday, August 25 and an optional Monday August 28.

 Training classes run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a one hour  break for lunch.

Where:  Lory State Park Visitor’s Center

708 Lodgepole Drive, Bellvue, Colorado 80512


How to Apply: Please email Alicia Goddard at for the registration link.

The Friends of Lory State Park (FoLSP) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 2012, composed entirely of volunteers.  The group promotes community stewardship of Park natural areas, resources, and wildlife. Membership is open to all, and volunteers for various projects and events are welcome. To learn more about the FoLSP please visit their website at

Lory State Park is located in beautiful Bellvue, Colorado and offers visitors a variety of rugged terrain and stunning vistas of the northern Colorado Front Range. The park covers almost 2,600 acres and features 26 miles of trails that lead through forest, meadows, and rock outcroppings, offering visitors great terrain for mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, bouldering, and horseback riding. Additional information on Lory State Park is available at:

CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including 42 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.