In brief: Snowmass seeks board applications, Roaring Fork Conservancy wins education award, ‘Trash Crush’ invites volunteers

Town of Snowmass Village now accepting applications for volunteer boards and commissions

Applications for Volunteer Boards & Commission are now open through November 1. Applications are available on the Town’s website.

Recipients of the 2023 Awards for Excellence in Environmental Education were recognized on Friday, Sept. 29 at CSU Spur in Denver as part of CAEE’s Annual Advancing Environmental Education Conference. 

Roaring Fork Conservancy wins environmental education award

The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) awarded Roaring Fork Conservancy’s Watershed PenPal Program with a 2023 Innovative Environmental Education Program Award.

The conservancy’s Watershed PenPal program connects students from Basalt with students in Aurora to create relationships through old fashioned letter writing and current technology. Aurora Water’s Environmental and Educational Outreach program helped forge a connection with the partner school in Aurora – Vista Peak Exploratory. The City of Aurora and the Roaring Fork Valley both utilize water from the headwaters of the Fryingpan River, making this a transbasin project and relationship. In today’s heightened need for water, conflict and territorial battles are common. The program aims to create positive relationships through communication.

Students worked together through a series of shared classes, Google Slides, videos, and fun activities, to learn about where their water comes from and why it’s important to value, conserve, and protect.

A stoked volunteer “crushing trash” at a past clean up event.

Community clean up invites volunteers to “Trash Crush”

The 4th Annual Pristine Riders Fall Trash Crush community clean-up and environmental stewardship event is being held on Friday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. rain or shine.

Meet up will be at North Star Nature Preserve’s South Gate parking lot. Walking or biking is encouraged. Organizers partnered with Colorado Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program, so orange safety vests & trash bags will be provided.

The event is hosted by Pristine Riders, a local 501c3 non-profit combining a passion for cycling and cleaning up the environment and Sun Dog Athletics “Aspen’s Adventure Sports School.”

The first 20 volunteers to sign up at will receive a complimentary lunch courtesy of Big Wrap. Trashy Awards, with special prizes will be presented. Adults ages 18 and older are invited.

Sun protection, long pants, work gloves, water and extra clothing in case of inclement weather are suggested. More information and registration are available by contacting organizer Erik Skarvan at or (970) 925-1069.

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