Denver and its mountain parks offer residents and visitors alike an unequaled opportunity to experience the great outdoors. Denver park rangers maximize public safety, protect park resources, and provide service to visitors to make all of this possible.
In this workshop, learn about the Denver Parks and Recreation ranger program. Participants will hear from rangers explaining how safety also includes providing resources to the homeless and cleaning up illegal camp remnants, managing inappropriate behaviors in parks, and general education from wildlife to history.
Park rangers also directly run a few recreational programs including a junior ranger program and a fishing program that serves thousands of children and their families each year. They also run National Get Outdoors Day, a free, annual event that encourages healthy, active, safe, outdoor lifestyles for kids and families with as many as 12,000 attendees in one day.
Rangers have also helped run pop-up dog parks, created pop-up education booths, manage a group of volunteer ambassadors (Volunteer Courtesy Patrol), provide community outreach, and even build infrastructure (such as trails) utilizing volunteers in the mountain parks.