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Environmental Education Grant Coordinator

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Friends of Lory State Park seeks a person to work with CPW staff and eligible schools and non-profits, coordinating our scholarship program. The person who takes this on will send communications to grant applicants, review their eligibility, and schedule trips to the park as well as schedule volunteers to teach the school groups and lead hikes. Retired teachers, youth advocates, and those inspired to pass their love of nature to the next generation, we need you! Although many schools and organizations can afford to include outdoor programs in their curriculum, for some this is challenging. That is why the Friends of Lory State Park established the "Get the Kids Outside" grant, to provide a way eligible non profits can "get students outside" at Lory State Park. The grant was established in 2015 by a generous donor who wanted to connect local youth to the incredible ecology around them. With pine forests, riparian corridors, granite canyons, red sandstone hogbacks, diverse wildlife and migratory bird and butterfly paths, Lory State Park is an excellent "outdoor classroom" with a team of staff and volunteers dedicated to delivering fun and educational programs.To hear about the natural world is one thing, to know is to see, smell and touch. The outdoor experience is true environmental learning.

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PO BOX 11,, BELLVUE, CO 80512, US

Mission Statement

Friends of Lory State Park is dedicated to the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the Park. The Friends group serves as a supportive entity to complement the goals of Lory State Park.


The Friends of Lory State Park began as a steering committee in 2012, seeking to recruit volunteers and raise funds for the Park. Coincidentally, the High Park wildfire swept through Lory Park in June of 2012, putting our plans on a fast track. Community support was strong, and we received donations and volunteers to build back better.

Our accomplishments include:

1) Established a scholarship program for transportation to assist schools with a population of free and reduced lunch students. Conduct hikes and teach students about wildlife and stewardship, encouraging them to visit the Park with their families. In lieu of in-person visitation during COVID, our Environmental Education Chair coordinated videos of an educational hike and a wildlife presentation for schools to view while under restrictions. 2) Restored a set of wildlife cameras in the Park, post select photos. 3) Rebuilt horse jumps and bridges after wildfires with volunteer help from 2012 to 2016. 4) Conducted a raffle online to raise almost $10,000 for rebuilding the bike skills park; Phase I construction complete. Goals for 2021-22: 1) Double our membership base. 2) Construct an ADA nature trail. 3) Focus on more direct immunity engagement. 4) Participate for the first time in Colorado Gives Day as part of a cohesive fundraising campaign for the Park.

Children & Youth


We'll work with your schedule.


708 Lodgepole DriveLory State Parkloryspfriends@gmail.comBellvue, CO 80512



  • Youth Services
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Science


  • Kids
  • Teens


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 5 to 10 hours per month in season, April through October
  • Physically fit to lead hikes, teach stewardship and wildlife lessons in the field.

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