Boulder County
Parks & Open Space Foundation

Strengthening connections between the public and the Boulder County Parks & Open Space Department.

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Projects & Programs

The Foundation's goals are to fund specific projects and programs that are beyond the financial capacity of the Parks and Open Space Department and to promote citizen stewardship of open space.

Anne U. White Trailhead Restoration

Anne U. White Trailhead

Your donation, small or large, will pay for the revival of the Anne U. White trail restoring almost 5,000 feet of stream corridor and seeding 10 acres.

In September of 2013, the Anne U. White Trail trail located in north Boulder was completely destroyed by flood waters. Reconstruction of the Anne U. White Trail is underway, involving volunteers and Boulder County Parks and Open Space staff. You can help too!

We received an initial donation of $3,500 to be used toward the final plant restoration work which is not covered by FEMA or other funding sources. We hope to at least match this amount, and hopefully exceed the total costs of this effort to restore this treasured resource to its former splendor.

Project Costs

  • Wetland Transplants: $5,945
  • Seed: $1,500
  • Plants: $11,890

  • Total: $19,335
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18.10705973623% Complete

Currently $3,501$19,335 Goal

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Field Trip Transportation

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Parks and Open Space offers free education programs to students in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school districts. But sometimes the transportation costs for buses to the sites can be prohibitive.

We work closely with Parks and Open Space to provide funding for schools that need assistance covering bus costs. Each year, we make it possible for hundreds of students to attend places like the Walker Ranch homestead, the Agricultural Heritage Center, Walden Ponds, and Heil Valley Ranch. This allows students to experience the hands-on learning and nature immersion at these sites.

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Left Hand Outdoor Challenge

Left Hand Outdoor Challenge

The Left Hand Outdoor Challenge is a program that teaches Boulder County teens how to be outdoor leaders, to take action as stewards of Boulder County's open spaces, and to explore careers in natural resource management.

Teens complete monthly challenges designed to teach participants the skills to complete a final challenge highlighting their leadership and resource management knowledge.

In 2015 the program had 35 participants ranging from 14 – 18 years old and 9 adult volunteer program leaders. Participants learned about other natural resource agencies and developed a broader sense of outdoor careers. Participants were invited to Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and were the first non-staff group to monitor re-introduced Black-Footed Ferrets.

We help provide the operating budget needed for this amazing program to run effectively and impact Boulder County area teenagers.

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Pella Crossing

Pella Crossing

Restoration work at Pella Crossing will being late summer/early fall of 2016.

We will provide funding to recovery work that is not covered by FEMA or other funding sources.

More details will be announced later in 2016.

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Special Event

StoryEarth
with Odds Bodkin & Martin Ogle

Wednesday, November 9, 7 p.m.

Story Earth

Can a symbiosis of story and science help guide us toward thriving, long-term human life on Planet Earth? "StoryEarth," a thought-provoking stage performance, combines epic storytelling, scientific discourse and conversation to ask big questions: Are ancient stories about humanity and Earth still relevant? Is science suggesting new stories, and, if so, how will old and new stories evolve together? This evening will mesmerize, entertain, and awaken new possibilities!

Master storyteller, Odds Bodkin brings a folklore tale and the ancient myth of Gaia – the Earth Goddess of ancient Greece – to life for a modern audience with his prodigious skills as a storyteller and musician.

Naturalist & Earth scientist, Martin Ogle, asks the audience to internalize the raw, adult interpretation of the Greek origin myth and blend it with the newest scientific understandings of humans and Earth to sense and help create a new, emerging story.

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The Foundation relies on the generosity of individuals, other foundations and corporations to reach its goals.

About Us

A Legacy For The Future

The Parks and Open Space Foundation was formed at the end of 2004 as a supporting organization for the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department.

The Board of Directors are appointed by the County Commissioners and include

  • 3 members from the Parks and Open Space Department
  • 3 members from the Parks and Open Space Advisory Board and the Historic Preservation Advisory Board
  • 3 members from the general public

The Foundation is open to general membership and is envisioned to be one of those enduring vehicles that provides for personal connections to open space.

The Foundation is incorporated in the State of Colorado as a non-profit.

Our Vision

The physical reminders of our heritage thrive through partnerships that preserve and enhance natural and historic resources.

Our Mission

The Parks and Open Space Foundation strengthens the connections between the public and the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department by raising private funds, supporting innovative projects, fostering partnerships and increasing community involvement.

Guiding Values

To help promote the quality of life for today and tomorrow:

  • We believe prehistory, pioneering, mining and agricultural heritage is vital to our lives and to future generations.
  • We value geologic features, ecosystem diversity, wildlife habitat, scenic prairie and mountain vista, and natural landscapes.
  • We value places for reflection, solitude, learning, inspiration and discovery.
  • We believe in opportunities for people to connect with the land through passive recreational and other sustainable public uses.
  • We believe in maintaining community integrity by creating (and maintaining) urban buffers.
  • We believe in inspiring current and future stewards of our lands and resources.
  • We accomplish our mission with honesty, openness and a respect for diverse opinions.

Contact Us

Bridgette McCarthy Treasurer
email Email
phone 303-678-6276

P.O. Box 227
Hygiene, CO 80533

"Our strength lies in our imagination, and paying attention to what sustains life... Open lands open minds."

Terry Tempest Williams

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