ADDITIONAL WAYS TO VOLUNTEER
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates’ mission is to Build, Share and Protect inspiring trail experiences in the Pikes Peak Region. We are mountain bikers at heart, and seek passionate trail users of any ability to join our team! All styles of riding as well as non-riders who share a passion for our mission are welcome.
We work to expand trail opportunities for ALL users – hikers, runners, bird watchers, equestrians, and riders of all abilities.
We need volunteers for all our committees. We’re particularly seeking these competencies & experience:
- Social media content creation and management
- Event planning and attendance
- Newsletter production
- Grantwrittng, fundraising
- Photography and video production
- Graphic design, swag program management
- Website expertise
- Donor/partner relationship management
- Trail crew leading and training
- Trail building and design
- Project management
- Connections to current or future partner organizations:
- User groups (especially hiking & trail running)
- Friends groups – groups that care for city, county, regional & state parks
- Riding groups & Clubs
- Schools, Military, Faith-based orgs
- Land managers, public entities
Why join MedWheel?
We will tailor the volunteer role to your skills, interest and availability.
We are committed to a welcoming and fulfilling volunteer experience, where you have the opportunity to learn about trail design and construction, leadership, project management, and other skills as part of a positive and supportive team. And earn cool swag!
We have open board positions available for volunteers that commit to our team.
Board terms are 3 years and are renewable. Board meetings approximately once a month.
You will help ‘steer the ship’ – plan and evaluate priorities, projects and programs.
You will help with our financial stability – being involved with fundraising programs.
You will represent the organization publicly, at social events and public meetings.
You will help us recruit additional volunteers – find your replacement!
MedWheel believes in the strength of diversity on our team. We welcome and seek new team members of all shapes, sizes, colors, beliefs, abilities and backgrounds. Please join us!
Since 1991, MedWheel has advocated for the rights of mountain bikers and trail users on public lands in the Pike Peak Region. We attend public meetings with all landowners, provide trail suggestions and talking points for master plans, build relationships with land managers & partners, and keep tabs on public land decision-making processes.
When we are ready to hold a Trail Love volunteer dig day, the MedWheel team has already spent months advocating for the new trails and hours preparing the trail layout. Often we work on long term projects that take years to develop and required consistent engagement with land managers over time.
Master Planning Processes
In our region, trails on public land are almost always subject to lengthy master planning processes. Why? Land managers have a responsibility to ensure safety for users and longevity of a public resource, even before considering recreational opportunities. When it’s time to consider recreation on public land, the needs of all rec users must be fairly evaluated, and all stakeholders must have their chance to share their preferences. Nearly always there is a substantial opportunity for public input, and that’s where we need to speak together for more trails. Once a master plan is made, it might take years to implement. The planning processes typically don’t include money for implementation but are a balanced community vision for a property or space. Raising funds for approved trails is often needed.
Some examples of Master Plan Processes in which MedWheel has participated on behalf of trail users include the 2014 city of Colorado Springs Parks System Master Plan, the 2016 Manitou Springs Parks, Open Space and Trails (POST) plan, individual plans such as Ute, Austin Bluffs-Pulpit Rock, North Cheyenne Canyon, Red Rock Canyon , Stratton. and many others.