Volunteering with Salt Lake City’s Trails and Natural Lands Division has never been easier than it is right now
We’re very excited to announce the launch of TNL’s new volunteer portal – www.stewardship.slc.gov!
By downloading the Golden Volunteer app or perusing our stewardship events online, signing up to be a volunteer is the easiest it’s ever been and accessible to anyone interested in lending a hand to care for the natural lands within our great city.
“The launch of this new tool makes it easy for all residents to lend a hand in caring for our incredible public lands, said Katie Riser, TNL’s volunteer, outreach & education coordinator. ”The contribution and effort from volunteers will enrich the beauty and biodiversity of our natural areas and help maintain our world-class trail system.”
Of course, ease of signing up is just one benefit of volunteering with SLC’s Trails and Natural Lands. Volunteering with TNL is a rewarding aspect of living in any community and contributing to its sustainability and beautification. In other words, it’s fun to volunteer! There is a social element to being a TNL volunteer that provides an outlet to mingle with old friends and meet new people, all while doing work that tangibly makes a difference in our community.
And it really does make a difference. Volunteering to install native plants our natural land areas like Fife Wetlands along the city’s section of the Jordan River Parkway Trail, or participate in a community workday at beloved Allen Park, TNL’s newest acquisition in Sugar House, is a meaningful way to keep our city shining, and our closest nature escapes inviting to everyone who seeks respite or recreation in them.
“We are poised to make significant improvements for our city, from enhancing the health, beauty and biodiversity of our parks and natural areas, to improving the accessibility of the natural world through hands-on participation in stewardship and expanded trail networks” Trails and Natural Lands Division Director, Lewis Kogan, penned recently in TNL’s quarterly newsletter, and a key aspect of that hands-on participation is rooted in our robust volunteer programs, made even more accessible now via the new volunteer portal.
Our volunteers also gain new skills and knowledge in recognizing invasive species or tending to native plants that they take with them to apply to their own backyards. Indeed, the benefits of volunteering for any of our environmental stewardship events are vast and varied.
In celebration of our volunteers, and with hopeful excitement in launching our 2021 calendar after the challenges of 2020, we are using the #SLCTrails hashtag along with #WhyIVolunteer to provide a platform for those who sign up for a future event, or who have volunteered with us in the past, to express their reasons why they give back, and the joy they find in volunteering.
“Salt Lake City has a long tradition of stewardship over our outdoor spaces,” Riser also stated. “These events will bring together neighbors, hikers, paddlers, cyclists, dog-owners, trail clubs, businesses and more to advocate for, beautify and enjoy our trails and open spaces.”