Are you looking for opportunities to volunteer, learn about Alta’s spectacular mountain environment, or just spend a few hours outdoors meeting new people? Alta’s community organizations have you covered! Throughout the summer of 2017, a network of local organizations is hosting a full calendar of volunteer stewardship and environmental education events in and around Alta.
Upcoming volunteer events include Alta Ski Area Clean-Up Day. On July 8th from 8 AM to 12 PM, join the Alta Environmental Center for a beautiful ride up Collins Lift–a rare opportunity between ski seasons–before hiking downhill and picking up trash that has melted out of last winter’s snowpack. Tree Utah and the Alta Environmental Center will host the Alta Ski Area Hike and Willow Harvest on July 11th and the Alta Tree Harvest on August 8th, where volunteers will help transplant native plants to be used for revegetation of impacted natural areas around Alta. Invasive weed pulls will take place throughout the summer, on July 20th, August 17th, and September 5th; these events provide critical support to local organizations responsible for managing the spread of non-native plant species which can out-compete and destroy Alta’s world-famous wildflowers. Stewardship opportunities continue into the fall with the Alta Ski Area Tree Planting on September 2nd and Friends of Alta’s Memorial Tree and Seedling Planting event on September 8th.
Many of the same organizations which host volunteer events in Alta also provide opportunities throughout the summer season to learn about learn about Alta’s environmental surroundings. On June 30th, July 28th, and August 25th, Hawkwatch International will host the Parade of Raptors at Alta Ski Area’s Albion Grill. Hawkwatch International will also host an Owl Prowl on July 21st, where you’ll enjoy a short presentation about owl species present in Alta and then take a quiet hike at dusk to observe owls in the wild. The Wasatch Wildflower Festival takes place throughout late July, and Alta’s day is on July 29th. Come to the Albion Base from 8 AM to 12 PM for guided hikes through Alta’s gorgeous wildflowers, as well as live music and kids’ art. On August 20th, Alta Kid’s Day will provide family-oriented, interactive education on Alta’s flora and fauna, and Alta’s role as a vital watershed, as well as crafts, story time, and other kids’ activities. Last but certainly not least, register for the Alta Bird Talk and Walk on August 19th, where you’ll learn about an ongoing, multi-year survey of bird species populations in Alta.
Please note that registration is required to participate in many of these events; click through the links for more information or to register. Many thanks to all of our community partners: Alta Environmental Center, Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, Friends of Alta, Alta Community Enrichment, Tree Utah, Hawkwatch International, and Tracy Aviary.