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Find Yourself Outdoors

Find Yourself Outdoors

Sep 28, 2011

One of the great uses of your extra time as an empty nester is to volunteer your time and services to activities, programs and organizations for which you have a passion. For those who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors and working with your hands, HistoriCorps is a great option.

Started in 2009, HistoriCorps is a program of Colorado Preservation, Inc. that teaches volunteers preservation trade skills while saving historic places on and adjacent to public lands.  In their first year, HistoriCorps stabilized and rehabilitated structures owned by the United States Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and local municipalities.

Each year, HistoriCorps takes volunteers of all ages into back country and rural areas to work on projects that range from weekends to several weeks to repair and restore historic buildings and sites from homesteads to old mills.  Their goal is to complete preservation projects while teaching preservation maintenance and traditional building skills while advancing sustainable technology for historic buildings.

If you are interested in working in beautiful settings across Colorado, Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain region; learn skills in cutting and shaping logs for historic barns, reroofing a nineteenth century cabin with cedar shingles or perhaps repairing the braces and supports of a mine, check out the 2012 projects being planned by HistoriCorps.  Learn more at HistoriCorps.org.


  1. Thanks for sharing this information. We are, indeed, proud of HistoriCorps’ accomplishments in a relatively short amount of time. It would be a serious oversight on my part if I did not also credit our founding partners in the program, the USDA Forest Service and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (www.voc.org)

    If historic preservation isn’t your thing, VOC has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities that are also worth participating in.

    James Hare, director, Colorado Preservation, Inc.

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