Environmental Actions Weekly Round-Up

A mural of Elijah McClain painted on a building in Denver
Elijah McClain mural, painted by Thomas Evans (Detour303) in Denver. Photo by Thomas Evans.

Every Friday we post ways you can contribute to making our region a greener place, including:

  • Events happening in-person
  • Events happening online
  • Community Science
  • Jobs, Internships, & Scholarships
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Actions & Action Resources

Below, we also have things you can do for Black Lives Matter, environmental activities you can do safely from home, and resources if you are being negatively impacted by coronavirus.

If you have something you would like included in the next round-up, please email Chris at chris@rockymountainwild.org.

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BIPOC Experiences on Colorado Public Lands

Next 100 Colorado is launching a pilot project to collect information about the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and people of color on public lands in Colorado. They hope to capture the good, the bad, and everything in between, in service of better understanding the experiences of BIPOC in our publicly owned spaces and, if needed, creating or modifying policies to make our outdoors more inclusive of all people. Please help us get the word out about this effort, and encourage your BIPOC friends, colleagues, and family to share their experiences, whether recent or from the past. More information and a link to the collection form is available here.

Youth Outside now accepting applications for the Rising Leaders Fellowship

Now in its seventh year, the Rising Leaders Fellowship supports the professional development of individuals in entry- to mid-level positions within the environmental sector. Specifically, Youth Outside targets individuals who are enthusiastic about connecting communities to the outdoors in culturally relevant and inclusive ways by effecting culture change within their organizations. The Rising Leaders Fellowship builds professional capacity while creating a supportive network of like-minded leaders through a project-based cohort series that focuses on social justice and racial equity in the outdoors. Priority applications are due March 10. All applications are due March 24.

Grossman Scholarship Program Applications Open

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado has opened applications for the Grossman Scholarship Program, which offers $5,000 to Colorado residents who have demonstrated a commitment to caring for our environment and natural resources and are pursuing post-secondary education through an accredited environmental, natural resource, climate, or outdoor industry related education program in Colorado. Two scholarships will be awarded to graduate or non-traditional students and two will awarded to graduating high school seniors. Applications are due March 31.

Colorado Native Plant Society Alice Eastwood Scholarship

The Alice Eastwood Scholarship is administered by the Alice Eastwood Partnership in collaboration with the Colorado Native Plant Society (CoNPS). It is intended to help support undergraduates pursuing bachelor’s degrees that ultimately advance the Mission of the Society:

“The Colorado Native Plant Society is dedicated to furthering the knowledge, appreciation and conservation of native plants and habitats of Colorado through education, stewardship and advocacy.”

Scholarships of $475 — Eastwood’s annual salary earned while teaching at Denver East High School — will be matched with funds from the CoNPS for a total award of $950 per scholarship administered on an annual basis by the Society. Depending on the application pool, one or two awards are expected each year through 2029. Qualified applicants, whether or not they are selected as recipients, will receive a student membership in the Society if they submit a quality application. Applications are due April 1.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people in the US and Canada. Established by the author T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders, ages 8-18, who have made significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment. Fifteen top winners receive $10k to support their service work or higher education. Applications are due April 15.

Black Lives Matter Actions & Resources

For those looking for ways in which to stand up and demand an immediate end to police brutality and defend Black life, here are some resources:

Environmental Activities to Do From Home

For those looking for educational things to do with their kids (or to do yourself; these are quite good things), here are some excellent resources:

Resources here in Colorado if you need some help right now

For those struggling with coronavirus related issues, here are some resources including food resources, shelter and housing resources, unsafe stay-at-home situation resources, mental health resources, and more:

Events happening in-person

For those who feel safe, here are some events happening in person. Please practice proper distancing and wear your mask while taking part in these events:

Events happening online

Here’s a list of environmental events, happening online:

Community Science

Here are some community science projects you can sign up for. Please keep in mind that due to coronavirus some of these projects may not be immediately available this field season:

Jobs and Internships

Here are some job and internship openings in environmental fields. For equity reasons, we only post job postings with transparent salary ranges:

Volunteer Positions

Here are some volunteer positions. Please practice proper distancing and wear your mask while taking part in any in-person volunteer opportunities:

Direct Environmental Actions

Urgent actions (those will deadlines fast approaching):

New actions since last week:

Rocky Mountain Wild’s older (but still relevant) actions:

Action Resources:

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