Sep 29, 2021

The Colorado Lottery is committed to becoming one of the most responsible Lottery organizations in the country.

To recognize the positive impact the Colorado Lottery has had on the state and to honor its commitment to conservation, Governor Jared Polis has proclaimed October 2021 "Colorado Lottery Conservation Month."

In addition to returning over $3.7 billion to parks, recreation, conservation projects and schools since 1983, the Lottery is evolving, providing more than simply financial support to its beneficiaries. Check out the list below of volunteer events sponsored by the Colorado Lottery in 2021 and help us keep the Colorado outdoors beautiful!

Steamboat ReTree Project
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council
When, Where, and What:
Date and Time: Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9am to 1pm
Location: Steamboat Springs
The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is gearing up for the 12th annual year of ReTree. Over the past 12 years, they have planted over 23,000 trees in the Yampa Valley. This year, volunteers will be planting approximately 500 trees (donated by the Colorado Lottery) along the Yampa River near the City of Steamboat Springs’ Rotary Park. This project aims to increase shade along the river to reduce water temperatures, improve riparian habitat, and sequester carbon. Sign up HERE.
Runyon to the Res
The Lottery's 3rd-Annual Arkansas River Cleanup Event
When, Where, and What:
Date and Time: Saturday, Oct. 9 from 8am to 4pm
Location: Pueblo City Park
Sign up HERE.

8:00 AM - CHECK-IN at Pueblo City Park pavilion located at 800 Goodnight Ave (Goodnight Ave & City Park Ave).
NOON – 1:00 PM – LUNCH at Pueblo City Park in the pavilion

The event will take place along the Arkansas River Trail between Runyon Lake and Lake Pueblo. The approximate 7.5-mile cleanup will consist of picking up trash along the trail, removing garbage trapped under rocks, in trees and bushes, from the water's edge, and more.

ALL participants must complete the online registration. If you are registering for more than one person, a registration form must be completed for each person. Registration will close on Oct. 1 or when the maximum number of volunteers has been reached, whichever occurs first. Due to COVID-19, we encourage volunteers to sign up to work with others with whom they are comfortable. If you are volunteering with a group or other individual, please include their name in the appropriate area within the registration form, so organizers can assign your group to work together. Each zone will have a maximum of ten volunteers, including the Zone Captain. Zone assignments will be made before the event. The Lottery is unable to accommodate walk-up registrations.
Cherry Creek State Park Habitat Restoration
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
When, Where, and What:
Date and Time: Saturday, Oct. 16 from 8am to 4pm
Location: Cherry Creek State Park – exact location will be provided to all registered volunteers.
Just fifteen miles from downtown Denver, Cherry Creek State Park offers a natural prairie environment nestled around an 880 acre-reservoir. The park is a popular destination for outdoor recreationists, nature lovers and those wanting to quickly get away from the hustle of the city. For this Lottery-sponsored restoration project, volunteers will spend the day helping remove Russian Olive trees. Russian Olive is an extremely invasive species known to choke out native plants and prevent them from re-establishing. VOC is looking for two types of volunteers: chainsaw-certified volunteers to cut the Russian Olive trees to a manageable size, and volunteers to move the cut pieces to an area where the park will later collect it. Sign up HERE.

*Note* Only certified sawyers will be allowed to operate the chainsaws. If you are certified, please register and send your certificate to Kelly Clouse at

Fall registration for all VOC projects is now open, so check out the complete VOC Project Calendar.
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