Volunteer to help
our Pollinators


Help plant & weed our Denver parks!


Join us for our Denver Park volunteer opportunities this summer. We will be planting native plants and weeding in various parks around Denver. Parks and Rec Horticulturists will meet with volunteers every two weeks, bringing tools, plants and knowledge.

If you're a gardener or not, join us and we can help teach you what are weeds, what are natives, and what and how to plant more pollinator-supporting-natives in our landscapes.

Weeding our parks helps Denver Parks and Recreation reduce and eliminate the need for herbicides, so volunteering makes a HUGE difference.


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Rahman, Denver City Horticulturist leads Volunteer efforts at Denver's Pollinator Gardens
Volunteer efforts in Denver Parks - Pollinator Gardens and Natural Areas


“I have learned so much about Colorado native plants, and I look at our parks, pollinator gardens, meadows, and prairies with new appreciation.” - Mary H.

People and Pollinators and partnered up with the Rick and Vicki of the Wild Ones Front Range Chapter to coordinate volunteer days to help take care of our parks and natural areas.  We will meet with Rahman Minhas and Carol Wise, Denver Parks and Rec Horticulturists, who will direct us on planting, and what to remove. You'll learn a lot along the way!


Bonus: It's great excercise and you'll be surrounded by native plants and pollinators  for a pleasant & stress-reducing volunteer experience outdoors.


No pressure: Come when you can, we will be coordinating volunteer days about every two weeks.  

We have worked on these areas, make sure to go check them out if you can!

  •  Westerly Creek Butterfly Garden

  • Central Park

  • Aurora Kelly Reservoir 

People and Pollinators Bumblebee


Want to share your pollinator photos of volunteering and spending time in our Denver Parks? Please send them our way or post on Facebook or Instagram and tag us @peopleandpollinators or #peopleandpollinators



One of the Wild Ones Volunteers, Mary, wrote this great testimonial at the end of the 2021 summer season: 

“Over the last five months, I have participated in the partnership between Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Wild Ones Front Range (WOFR), a group which seeks to preserve biodiversity in native plant communities.  I volunteered as a WOFR member to help establish and maintain pollinator gardens in DPR’s parks, an effort led mainly by Rahman Minhas of DPR.   Looking back at the dates, I see that the spring and summer flew by.  At each session about four to eight volunteers would turn out.  Meeting people, sharing our experiences, and making friends was what made this so fun for me.

Rahman is an encyclopedia of information about horticulture and carries a vision for the future of sustainable green spaces in Denver.  He tirelessly answered our questions and always made us feel like our work was meaningful.




May 19Greenway Park, East 26th Ave – planted pussytoes and prairie cinquefoil from DPR’s greenhouses

May 26 Westerly Creek Butterfly Garden, East Montview Blvd – weeded out prickly lettuce and bindweed

June 2Central Park, MLK Blvd – planted thistle and weeded out kochia

June 27 Great Lawn Park, Yosemite St – identified chocolate flower and saw an Achemon hawk moth


July 14 Westerly Creek Butterfly Garden – weeded out copious bindweed

July 28 Westerly Creek Butterfly Garden – I identified the beautiful datura, or devil’s trumpet, and learned that it is poisonous

August 11Westerly Creek Butterfly Garden – due to poor air quality, we all worked for only a short time, but I identified millet and rose mallow

August 25 Greenway Park – the conversation turned to the Colorado Native Plant Society; I went home and joined CoNPS

September 22Westerly Creek Butterfly Garden – we collected seed from at least nineteen plant species


October 6Westerly Creek Butterfly Garden – we collected seed from yellow Indian grass, wild Canadian rye, big love aster, and more

I hope that the leadership at DPR and WOFR will continue this partnership next year.  I have learned so much about Colorado native plants, and I look at our parks, pollinator gardens, meadows, and prairies with new appreciation.”

~ Mary H., Wild Ones Volunteer




Visit these city pollinator garden beds to see Monarchs and other pollinators in Denver. We'll keep adding more pollinator gardens to this map, tell us if you know of any in Colorado and we'll add them here.