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IPWA Calendar of Events

Please contact us to be added to the mailing list to receive email newsletters and announcements! Check back here for dates for other events as posted!

February 3rd, 2024 - March 24th, 2024

Research Grant Application Window

Each year, the Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance (IPWA) funds 3-4 IPWA Paddon/Gelhorn Research Grants for up to $2000 each. Applicants must be graduate students attending any Colorado university and conducting research with a focus on issues affecting Colorado alpine and sub-alpine environments, with preferred study focus/areas in the Indian Peaks or James Peak Wilderness Areas or adjacent, such as at Niwot Ridge/CU Mountain Research Station.

 

The application window opens February 3rd, 2024 and applications are due by March 24th, 2024.  Awards will be announced in mid-April. Visit the Research Grants page for details and application instructions. 

Thursday March 21st, 2024 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm 

Reading Group March Meetup: The Big Burn

You're invited to participate in the IPWA Reading Group and join us for a meet-up in Boulder, Colorado! We'll delve into the topics of wilderness, preservation, and conservation through reading, contemplation, and discussion. This group is open to all (IPWA volunteers, supporters, and the public). See our blog posts about previous reading selections. The March 2024 selection is The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan - RSVP here.

April 1st, 2024 - April 15th, 2024

New Volunteer Application Window 

We offer two types of volunteer opportunities:

1. IPWA Wilderness Volunteers commit to completing annual training, are outfitted with a uniform, and commit to completing a minimum of “four service activities” per calendar year.

2. If you do not have time to volunteer for a full season/year, you may join us for one or more volunteer trail projects this summer!

If you're interested in volunteering, please email us at hikers@indianpeakswilderness.org to be added to our email list. Please indicate if you are interested in trail projects and/or in applying to become a full Wilderness Volunteer, starting this summer 2024 season. 

The window to apply to join us as a Wilderness Volunteer this summer is from April 1-15 2024. Also pencil in Saturday, June 1st for the mandatory in-person training day. 

 

To learn more, visit our Wilderness Volunteer Program page. To learn more about other ways to help, visit the Volunteer Opportunities page. 

Thursday May 16th, 2024 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm 

Reading Group May Meetup: Gathering Moss

You're invited to participate in the IPWA Reading Group and join us for a meet-up in Boulder, Colorado! We'll delve into the topics of wilderness, preservation, and conservation through reading, contemplation, and discussion. This group is open to all (IPWA volunteers, supporters, and the public). See our blog posts about previous reading selections. The May 2024 selection is Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer - RSVP here.

Friday May 31st, 2024

Winter Patrol Season Ends

The IPWA Winter Patrol Program starts in mid-November and ends in late May. This is an exciting opportunity for our Summer Wilderness Volunteers who want to enjoy the wilderness and patrol in the late fall, winter, and spring months. For more information visit the Winter Patrol Program page. To see current trail conditions, please visit the Public Trail Conditions page!

Sunday June 2nd, 2024

Summer Patrol Season Starts

IPWA Wilderness Volunteers are eligible to go on summer patrols as long as they have completed all annual paperwork and training requirements. The IPWA Summer Patrol season starts June 2nd, 2024, and ends September 30th, 2024. To see current trail conditions, please visit the Public Trail Conditions page!

Saturday July 13th, 2024

Trail Restoration Project Day

Join us for a trail project day on Saturday, July 13th, 2024 (more details to come).

 

These projects are open to volunteers and members of the public who are at least 18 years old (or younger with parental consent) who meet the following criteria:

  • Can do light- to medium-level trail work and are in good physical condition

  • Prior trail work experience a plus but not necessary

  • Bring own gloves, food, water; other tools provided

  • Not required to be a registered IPWA volunteer

If interested, please email ipwatrailcrew@gmail.com. To learn more, visit our Trail Restoration Projects page.

Thursday July 18th, 2024 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm 

IPWA Reading Group July Meetup: On Trails

You're invited to participate in the IPWA Reading Group and join us for a meet-up in Boulder, Colorado! We'll delve into the topics of wilderness, preservation, and conservation through reading, contemplation, and discussion. This group is open to all (IPWA volunteers, supporters, and the public). See our blog posts about previous reading selections. The July 2024 selection is On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor - RSVP here.

Saturday August 17th, 2024

Trail Restoration Project Day

Join us for a trail project day on Saturday, August 17th, 2024 (more details to come).

 

These projects are open to volunteers and members of the public who are at least 18 years old (or younger with parental consent) who meet the following criteria:

  • Can do light- to medium-level trail work and are in good physical condition

  • Prior trail work experience a plus but not necessary

  • Bring own gloves, food, water; other tools provided

  • Not required to be a registered IPWA volunteer

 

If interested, please email ipwatrailcrew@gmail.com. To learn more, visit our Trail Restoration Projects page.

Saturday September 21st, 2024

Trail Restoration Project Day

Join us for a trail project day on Saturday, September 21st, 2024 (more details to come).

 

These projects are open to volunteers and members of the public who are at least 18 years old (or younger with parental consent) who meet the following criteria:

  • Can do light- to medium-level trail work and are in good physical condition

  • Prior trail work experience a plus but not necessary

  • Bring own gloves, food, water; other tools provided

  • Not required to be a registered IPWA volunteer

 

If interested, please email ipwatrailcrew@gmail.com. To learn more, visit our Trail Restoration Projects page.

Monday September 30th, 2024

Summer Patrol Season Ends

The summer patrol season starts June 2nd, 2024, and ends September 30th, 2024. To see current trail conditions, please visit the Public Trail Conditions page! Note that our volunteers do not patrol between October and mid-late November (during hunting season) so during that window trail conditions are not reported. We will resume posting trail conditions when our volunteers start-up patrols again for the winter season in mid-late November. 

September 1st - October 1st, 2024

IPWA Annual Wilderness Photo Contest

The IPWA holds an Annual Photo Contest to showcase the beauty of the Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness Areas. This contest is open to IPWA supporters and volunteers. Each individual may submit a maximum of 2 scenic photos (no people or dogs may be in the photos).  Visit the Photo Contest page for more information.

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