Today, the park is managed for its ecological resources, as described by Kiersten J. Mayer of Colorado Community Media,
Just over a hill to the west of Castle Pines North, massive, shaggy plains bison grazing placidly can sometimes be seen by motorists puttering along a dirt stretch of Daniels Park Road. What people see are direct descendants of the 1914 herd from the Yellowstone area that was the beginning of the preservation effort. tanding in the midst of Daniels Park, some might never realize that the high-end community, where home prices average more than $600,000, is less than a mile away. In the spring, the matriarchs of the herd watch over small, buff-colored calves. A pair of bulls, which can weigh an average of 2,000 pounds and stand 6-feet tall at the shoulder each, hovers at the outskirts of the herd. This small troop of plains bison, which averages between 27-29 animals, roams 850 acres in northern Douglas County.
The entire 1,000 acres of Daniels Park, which is part of the Denver Mountain Park System, is a prime example of a high plains and shrub land mixed ecosystem. Gambel oak, Ponderosa pine, gramma grass, sagebrush, chokecherry, mountain mahogany, wild sweet pea, Indian Paintbrush, Cowboy’s Delight and blue bells are prolific across the hills and down in gullies of the park.
Our 2020 project work will focus on the roof of the park’s unique, historic wellhouse. When we visited the site with our Denver Mountain Parks partners, we couldn’t help but be enamored with the building’s sloped sides, lovely touches of craftsmanship (for being just a wellhouse!), and of course the views! The wellhouse’s shape is called “battered,” and the rear of the building holds a large cistern that stored water for ranch operations. Curious volunteers should take time to study and explore how water was obtained and moved around the ranch at this “high and dry” location – what you learn may reveal some fascinating ingenuity!
HistoriCorps volunteers will work alongside field staff to learn and improve their skills with the tools and equipment required to re-roof the Daniels Park Wellhouse, as well as protect some of the building’s siding. The new roof is urgently needed, and is designed to protect the building for up to 5 years while funds are secured to install a more permanent roof. Volunteer and staff crews will:
- Remove deteriorated asphalt shingles and decking on the wellhouse’s main roof and porch roof (10%)
- Install new decking and asphalt singles (50%)
- Patch areas of siding, focusing on the areas of siding that have been covered by plywood. (30%)
- One interesting thing about this building is that it has three (yes, three!) different kinds of siding! Volunteers will see shiplap, clapboard, and tongue-in-groove siding styles.
- Rehabilitate windows (10%)
Please note: Tasks vary by day and by week, depending on a variety of factors including: weather, project priorities, previous groups’ work, and more. Though it is likely you will get to learn and practice most or all of the above tasks, it is not guaranteed. The higher percentage of the scope a particular task is, the more likely you will get to practice it.
We’re so glad you’re interested in joining this project! If you’re new to our community, review the Volunteer FAQ first! Please note the following logistics and policies:
- Volunteering with HistoriCorps is free! We will provide all meals, tools, training, equipment, and a campsite or shared indoor lodging. Dinner is not provided on the first night.
- Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own gear, sturdy work clothes and boots, and appropriate sleeping equipment. Check the average temperatures before you start packing – the nights and mornings may be colder than you anticipate! Then, read this advice about how to stay warm when tent camping in colder places.
- Campsite accessibility varies by project. Some projects can accommodate tents only; others can accommodate medium-large RVs. Please review the project site description above for more information, and if you’re still not sure, email firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
- If this project does not offer showers, you might want to consider bringing a solar shower or research other methods to clean up after the work day
- Volunteer crew sizes generally range from 4-8 volunteers, with two HistoriCorps staff that lead and train volunteers in the work.
- Volunteers are asked to arrive after 5pm and before 7pm on the first day of their session. If you would like to request special permission to arrive early, please email email@example.com.
- Safety is one of HistoriCorps’ top priorities, and volunteers can contribute to a safe working environment by ensuring their physical fitness is adequate for the work. See above for this project’s scope of work and difficulty level. Please, call us if you are not quite sure if a project is a good fit for your skills or fitness level. We may be able to suggest a project more suitable and enjoyable for you.
- Dogs are generally allowed to accompany their humans to jobsites (actually, we love having dogs join us around the campfire!). However: HistoriCorps also follows the rules and regulations of our project partner. If the project partner does not permit dogs onsite, then HistoriCorps is no exception. Please ask HistoriCorps or the project partner directly if you have any questions about whether Fido is welcome.
We’re thrilled you’re planning to join this project! Choose your session(s) and register below. Volunteer crew sizes are strictly limited to 6 individuals.