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Contact YEP:


Program Director 
Stacey Halvorsen


Program Manager

Josh Weinstein



The Youth Education Program (YEP) of the Colorado Mountain Club relies on a dedicated group of volunteers to deliver experiential and environmental education to over 8,700 Denver area youth each year. Volunteering with YEP is a great way to share your love of Colorado’s great outdoor spaces and activities with the next generation of outdoor stewards! 

Why volunteer with YEP? 

  • Make an impact in a student’s life. 
  • Many students we work during the school year have limited/ no experience with outdoor activities. 
  • Join a community of outdoor enthusiasts excited about sharing their passion for the outdoors to the next generation. 
  • Choose the level of involvement that best fits your interests and schedule 
  • Flexible scheduling:
    • Assistants sign up for available shifts with no minimum hours required
    • Trip Leaders schedule trips when it works with their schedule (must lead at least 5 trips/ year) 
  • Youth-focused professional development sessions offered 4x/ year; online training and curriculum resources available to any active volunteer 
  • Earn outdoor gear or clothing perks from the CMC and our generous sponsors through completing more hours and attending annual staff & volunteer gatherings


We are looking for volunteers who: 

  • Have a love for nature and outdoor activities
  • Have experience with kids ages 5-18 (or a desire to gain experience with kids)
  • Are committed, flexible, friendly, and a positive team player
  • Have a background in the outdoors (especially in rock climbing or hiking)
  • Have reliable transportation to our office in Golden and to offsite locations
  • Are 16 years of age or older


Choose your level of involvement in one (or more) of these options: 


Basecamp Assistant- help YEP staff with Schools & Groups programs by belaying youth climbers, facilitating small group activities, and supporting with safety and group management.


Summit Trip Leader- follow the CMC trip leader track to organize your own youth activities or serve a School Group lead on your choice of programs. 

(must be an active CMC member)

Summer Small Group Assistant- work alongside a YEP instructor and choose your level of leadership for a weeklong small group summer camp.


Do you have another skill or interest that you would like to share with the YEP team? Complete the volunteer application and send along with your resume to


YEP relies on generous contributions from grants and donors to connect students to nature and our mountains. You can "bring the mountains" to a child in our community with a tax-deductible gift to YEP today.

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