Volunteers make the world go round

Volunteer with us

Research has shown that most people who take responsibility for our natural world have been influenced by others’ enthusiasm and respect for the environment. Therefore, we always need volunteers who share our interest in caring for the environment and helping guide children to discover the wonders of nature.


Let's Help build community together!

Catamount Institute offers environmental education programs for schools, scouts, and other groups interested in connecting kids to the outdoors. Our programs utilize the lens of local places to build deeper connections to classroom content through project-based learning and hands-on exploration. Volunteering at Catamount Institute is fun and rewarding. No prior experience is necessary; we will train you! Here are some of the amazing ways you can help by volunteering on the CATS Team!

Join the CATS Volunteer Team

Steps to becoming a Coloradan Actively Teaching Science (CATS) Volunteer!

Making a difference

Submit a volunteer application and attend an interview.

Become offical

Complete background check (if over 18) and any required paperwork.

Let's go outside!

Attend a volunteer training orientation and any additional training specific to your duties.

Volunteer Hours Tracking

Why Volunteer?

We need your help to enrich the lives of the community for more years to come and continue to connect youth to the outdoors. If you enjoy sharing your love for nature, sign up today to volunteer with our CATS Team! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? Call Tarin at 719-471-0910 x107 or click here to contact us!

Anyone at least 13 years old with a desire to develop ecological stewards through education and adventure while supporting our mission and values is welcome! CI does not accept volunteers with a criminal record involving any felony, sexual or violent crimes, or theft-related crimes. If you are interested in volunteering, you must apply using the online Volunteer Application portal or paper application.

We ask for a time commitment of at least two service days per Spring, Summer, & Fall semester (6 in total for a full calendar year). Increased time commitments will be required as you move up in volunteer roles and responsibilities.

Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age unless volunteering with a group or family where a parent or guardian is present. All volunteers under the age of 18, will be supervised by Catamount Institute staff during service.

Absolutely! We enjoy working with groups or families who want to share their love of the outdoors. There will be scheduled volunteer days where you can help our staff at programs, around the office, or with many other tasks. If you would like to schedule a group or family day, please contact Tarin at 719-471-0910 x104 in advance.  

Yes! We host Volunteer Info Orientations on the first Monday of every quarter (January, April, August, & December). Register for an upcoming session today!


You will receive further information regarding orientation after completing the application process. Training Orientations typically occur on different days throughout the month (excluding June and July). If you cannot attend a training orientation in the same month you complete the application process, please consider attending a future training session date instead. Volunteers must complete the application process prior to attending a Training Orientation.

There is a small fee of $22.95 required for the background check process (if over 18). 

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