Volunteering & Donations

The Nature Connection's goal is to inspire our communities to connect to nature promoting healthy lifestyles through educational, fun, and energized outdoor experiences.


The Nature Connection needs volunteers to help with our programming. If you’d like to help, please submit this application. For more information about our volunteer needs, contact Jodi Peterson, .

  • Our school-based programming needs volunteers to accompany youth on hikes, and help with education stations in the field.
  • Our Skis For Kids Program needs help on the trail, serving hot chocolate, and organizing cross-country ski gear both on site and at the TNC building in Hotchkiss.
  • We need certified archery instructors at schools to provide a safe and fun experience.
  • We need help with gear organization and instruction for stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, fishing equipment, and camping gear.

Membership & Donations

Thank you for your interest in becoming a supporting member of The Nature Connection! Your cash donation is tax deductible, and there are also many volunteer opportunities for you to help us keep getting youth outdoors.

Below you will find buttons to each of our membership levels. Please choose the level you would like to support. This will lead you to our payment processor website to submit your payment.

Donate any dollar amount:

Student Membership


Family Membership


Business Membership


Explorer Membership


Trail Blazer Membership


Adventures Unlimited Membership



Upcoming Events

Delta County Recreation Map

Delta County Recreation MapDownload the Delta County Recreation Map (380MB). For more information see insets.

More details are available with the Grand Mesa Nordic Council, Bureau of Land Management, and the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forest websites.

Donations Appreciated

The Nature Connection is funded by Great Outdoors Colorado, Delta County schools, and other partners and donors. Please consider making a donation today to help us meet our goals!

Youth Outdoor Network Articles

Read these student written articles from the Youth Outdoor Network: