We joined Friends of the Dillon Ranger District on a trail building project. Although the work was strenuous and the hike to get to the worksite was challenging, our students kept their spirits up and worked really hard, while also learning why it was important to build trails like this for the health of the forest ecosystem. This was the very first official TEP service project, and it was such a wonderful experience for all involved!
"Today was our first official TEP service day. We set out at 7:15am up to Keystone to meet with other volunteers and FDRD. Then we took a dusty, bumpy road up to our trail location and then hiked a little farther. When we finally reached the site we immediately started our work. We were creating a trail for hikers, mountain bikers and motocross. It is important that we create these trails so that people can travel through the beautiful rocky mountains without damaging the ecosystem every time they want to wander the woods. The work was hard and tedious, but well worth it. We used pick axes and shovels to clear the path, put mineral dirt on it, and clear any rocks and branches in the way. Although our group did not completely finish, we had a blast meeting the wonderful community members in Dillon, CO and making a beautiful trail. All in all we had great time, and I would love to come back again."