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Barr Lake State Park Seeks New Volunteers
1/15/2009
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CONTACT: Roxanne Brickell-Reardon, roxanne.brickell-reardon@state.co.us 13401 Picadilly Rd., Brighton, CO 80603, 303-659-6005 This news release is also available at www.colorado.gov/parks
BRIGHTON, Colo. - Barr Lake State Park has the perfect opportunity for people who want to share their unique talents, skills and love for the natural world with others. Barr Lake is recruiting volunteers to lead
school groups, organize a Barr Lake State Park Friends group, sell passes in the entrance station, drive the motorized Eagle Express, work in the Nature Center, perform maintenance projects, restore the prairie
and teach visitors about the unique natural setting and wildlife at the park.

To learn more about becoming a Barr Lake volunteer, please come to the hour-long open house on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Barr Lake Nature Center. At the open house, the park staff and veteran
volunteers will provide the basic information and answer questions about the variety of Barr Lake volunteer opportunities and benefits, including a free Colorado State Parks pass after completing 48 hours of service.

Volunteer applications will be available at the Nature Center on Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at the open house on Jan. 24. The deadline for applications is Feb. 7 and applicant interviews will be scheduled Feb. 10 - 28.

Successful applicants will have two Saturday training courses, March 7 and March 14, including presentations on Barr Lake's history, customer service, communication techniques and other useful information. The training sessions will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Nature Center and include a continental breakfast and lunch. There are additional training opportunities for both new and veteran volunteers throughout the year, including the School Leader Training on Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Eagle Express Driver Training on Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Barr Lake Volunteer Program provides a fun, supportive and educational setting where adults of all ages, abilities and experiences can contribute to the park and the visitor experiences through learning,
growing and sharing their love of the natural world with others.

For more information about the volunteer program, call the Barr Lake Nature Center at (303) 659-6005. Barr Lake State Park is located at 13401 Picadilly Road, seven miles southeast of Brighton or twenty
minutes northeast of Denver on I-76.