One goal of the YRLSP is to engage local Boys and Girls Clubs, school science classes, and other youth organizations in biological control monitoring activities. It is hoped that these activities will foster in the next generation an enhanced appreciation for the complex relationships between the Yampa River, its associated riparian habitats, agricultural water delivery systems, and invasive weeds. In 2019, the YRLSP sponsored a two-day kids’ workshop on invasive weeds and biological control.
2019 Kids' Workshop
Show Me Floats
The YRLSP sponsors an annual “Show Me Float” to introduce interested stakeholders to the leafy spurge problem from a river perspective. Typically a one-day event, YRLSP volunteers provide the boats and gear for an instructive float down a local section of the Yampa River. The beauty of this often out-of-sight natural resource can be surprising, even to longtime residents, while the implications of the leafy spurge infestations along the way become clear.
2018 Show Me Float
2016 Show Me Float
Dinosaur Weed Warriors
For two decades, Dinosaur National Monument’s Resource Management Division has sponsored volunteer “Weed Warrior” service trips along the Green and Yampa rivers within the monument. In the early days these trips typically focused on the control of invasive tamarisk, but more recently the focus has been on the burgeoning leafy spurge invasion.