Volunteer Enrichment Committee

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For the most up-to-date information about the Volunteer Enrichment Committee (VEC) Programming, check the Volunteer Lounge VEC bulletin board located in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge.


Volunteer Enrichment Committee Events

The Volunteer Enrichment Committee (VEC) exists to enrich the volunteer experience by providing events that educate, complement volunteer training, maintain morale, and promote community within the Museum's volunteer program. The committee is made up of volunteers who work cooperatively with staff members to plan events for Museum volunteers. Information about VEC events can be found in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge and on the Volunteer Portal.

PLEASE NOTE: Volunteer Enrichment Committee events (lectures, tours, field trips, etc.) are limited to DMNS volunteers only. Due to the very limited space available, we cannot open them to spouses or other family members.

All field trips require a Field Trip Waiver Form be completed before the date of the trip. Signup sheets for all VEC events and waiver forms (specific for each trip), are found in the Staff & Volunteer Lounge. Below are the dates and times (some tentative) for upcoming events. Please check the bulletin board in the staff and volunteer lounge for updates and to sign-up.

Volunteer Enrichment Committee Events

Tuesday, June 20
National Eagle Repository
9:30 - 12:00 pm
6550 Gateway Road
Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Bldg. # 128
Commerce City, CO 80022
Bet you didn't realize that June 20th is National Eagle Day! Come out to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge for an informative, behind-the-scenes tour of the National Eagle Repository. The Repository is charged with receiving, evaluating, storing and distributing dead Golden and Bald Eagles, parts and feathers to Native Americans who are members of nationally recognized tribes. We'll receive an up-close and personal talk, then tour this one-of-a-kind facility tour with experienced wildlife specialists.

Thursday, July 6
Tiny Diamond Homes
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Morrison area; Location will be given to those who sign-up
Maybe you've been curious for some time now… Perhaps you've watched the TV shows. Now's your chance for a personal introduction to the Tiny House phenomenon. We'll travel to Morrison for a visit to Tiny Diamond Homes, a builder producing micro-homes - fully equipped living spaces with small footprints. Is this the added space, income property or Mother-in-Law housing you've been seeking? Come along and find out for yourself, and maybe even reserve a favorite model.

Wednesday, July 12
Mountain View Gardens Daylily Farm
10:00 am - 11 am
8820 Mexico Drive
Denver, CO 80231
Sabine Baur created Mountain View Gardens over 20 years ago with a goal to raise and sell first class Colorado-hardy daylily plants. Currently her two-acre backyard has over 1000 different daylily varieties.  Later in the summer, some portions of the garden will be available at a Dig and Sale. Please note: No plants will be available for sale on this tour. Sabine and others will be available to guide though the garden and answer your questions. Bring your camera, sunscreen, and a hat. The garden is in full sun all day long. Shade is available, and water and fresh fruit snacks will be provided.

Thursday, July 20 (Rescheduled from April)
'B' Cycles
4:00 - 5:30 pm
DMNS Africa Station room and City Park
Have you ever wondered about those red bikes that we've all seen people riding around town on? Tyler Reeder from Denver B-cycle will answer all your questions about Denver's bike sharing system: What is Denver B-cycle? How much does it cost? How does it work? Then we'll have a chance to hop on B-cycles and ride them around City Park Lake! Note: Bike riding capabilities are mandatory to attend this fund and unique event. Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes. You can bring your own helmet or use a B-cycle helmet.

Friday, August 4
Bronco's Mile High Stadium
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
1701 Bryant Street
(West side, Gate #1)
Denver, CO 80204
This tour is our opportunity for a behind the scenes glimpse into areas of the Mile High Stadium rarely seen by the public. The guided tour takes 75-90 minutes and includes about a half mile of walking. The tour will begin at the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame & Museum on the west side of the stadium at Gate #1.

Thursday, August 10
Perseverance: The Conquest of Everest by Darren Rogers
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
DMNS, Harry T. Lewis Room
In April 2015, Mountain climber Darren Rogers was on Mount Everest at Camp 1, above Base Camp. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, triggered an avalanche into Base Camp. The avalanche killed 19 and injured more than 60. Ten of those who died were Sherpas, and the 2015 climbing season was closed. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to hear Darren Rogers recount his adventure of being trapped by the Khumbu Icefall, his return the next year, and his struggle to make a successful summit of Everest.

Thursday, August 17
Four Mile Historic Park
9:00am - 12:00 pm
715 S. Forest Street
Denver, CO 80246
Join the VEC for a visit to Four Mile Historic Park. A well-known stagecoach stop during the mid-1800's, it was the last rest stop for travelers on the Cherokee Trail before they reached Denver. Spend a relaxing morning getting acquainted with a part of history right the middle of Glendale! We will take a docent-led tour of the actual restored Four Mile House, learn the history of the stage stop, and see how an 1865 farm worked. We will then have time to explore the twelve-acre park on our own.

Occasionally, there may be last-minute opportunities that don't make this newsletter. Be sure to check the Volunteer Portal and the flyers in the Volunteer Lounge. Upcoming attractions for the fall include the popular Secrets of the Dioramas Tour on September 13, a geology tour with Curator of Geology James Hagadorn, and a tour of the Denver Dumb Friends League Equine  Rescue Center.