Dodge Lodge, CO 2019

 

This building is maintained by the National Park Service as a National Education Landmark – and its value is not just historic! Today, the lodge is an active part of the Outdoor Lab School in Colorado’s Jefferson County.

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PROJECT PARTNER: Jeffco Public Schools

SESSION DATES:   August 11-16  |  August 18-23  |  August 25-30

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE TIMES:  Plan to arrive between 6pm and 8pm on the first day of your project session, and depart after lunch on the last day. Work will generally start around 8am each day, and we’ll wrap up around 4:30pm.

PROJECT DIFFICULTY:   

SITE INFORMATION:      Tent camping only    showers available   Indoor lodging provided   Site is RV/trailer accessible

Volunteers will have the option of either sleeping inside the lodge (there are four separate rooms, so there may be some sharing necessary), tent camping, or bringing a small RV/trailer (no hookups). There are showers and a full kitchen for us to use as well. 

LOCATION:  Ten miles southwest of the gorgeous town of Evergreen, CO

GOOD TO KNOW: No prior experience is required. HistoriCorps will provide all meals, tools, training, and equipment for volunteers on this project. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to and from the lodging site. If a project requires a commute, we will plan to carpool to and from the jobsite. More general information is at the bottom of this page. 

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Project Site Description & History

HistoriCorps is excited to return to Dodge Lodge! Volunteers first undertook preservation work here in 2015, focusing on the south elevation’s siding, windows, and logs. Our 2019 project work will focus on a small porch.

The Mt. Evans Outdoor Laboratory School is located at the historic Dodge Ranch, ten miles southwest of Evergreen, Colorado. It has been designated by the National Park Service as a National Education Landmark. The property evolved from a homestead, into an elegant summer home, and later into a tourist-oriented ranch. After its sale in 1961 to the Jefferson County School District, it was converted to an outdoor education facility. This use continues to the present day.

The property is comprised of twelve historic buildings and eleven non-historic buildings. The most prominent structure on site, Dodge Lodge, was constructed between 1904 and 1907 by Clarence and Regina Dodge. Clarence Dodge was an international level tennis player who was active in community affairs, published the Colorado Springs Gazette, was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives, Chairman of the International YMCA, and president of the Community Chest. The Dodge family developed the property into their summer residence. Dodge Lodge was constructed with wood from a local mill and included a stone fireplace in every room, many of which are still in existence.

After the property was purchased by the Jefferson County School District, it was remodeled and expanded into an in-residence outdoor education laboratory school. Today, the school serves sixth-graders throughout the entire Jefferson County system. Every school in the District sends its sixth-graders for one week during the school year. The students, and their teachers, live on-site for a week, participating in a curriculum of environmental studies, ecology, wildlife, geology, history and astronomy.

Scope of Work

The scenery surrounding the lodge is unforgettable. 

Volunteers will work alongside expert field staff to learn the skills necessary to preserve this active educational facility. 

  • Remove porch roofing to access deteriorated porch wall logs; alter rebuild – 15%
  • Repair wall logs using Dutchman technique to match original look – 40%
  • Remove and replace deteriorated daubing- 10%
  • Rehabilitate historic windows – 35%
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 a task’s percentage is, the higher the likelihood you will practice that skill.

Logistics & More

  • Read our Volunteer FAQ! If you still have a question that’s not answered there, above, or below, please email us at volunteer@historicorps.org. We’re always happy to help.
  • Once you register you will receive an auto-confirmation in your email inbox. If you do not receive this confirmation, contact us at volunteer@historicorps.org to let us know. 
  • Each project session has one volunteer slot for a Kitchen Helper. If you’re interested in lending our Crew Leader & Camp Chef a hand in meal preparation, choose the “Kitchen Helper” position when you register. Kitchen Helpers are welcome to participate on the preservation work if they like, but are not necessarily expected to.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own tent or other sleeping setup (unless indoor lodging is provided), as well as sleeping gear and other personal gear including sturdy work clothes and work boots. Volunteers are also responsible for their own transportation to and from this project. 
    • Note: If you have a large RV/trailer, please contact us to confirm that your rig will fit in the available space. 
  • All volunteers are required to review and agree to the HistoriCorps Waiver & Release and Code of Conduct during the registration process.
  • We help you prepare for your preservation project through providing a “pre-arrival packet” via email. The packet contains a lot of information like: logistics, safety precautions, a suggested packing list, benefits for volunteers, and more.
  • HistoriCorps projects are multi-day sessions, where you will develop your skills over the course of the session, as well as build camaraderie with your crew and make a significant contribution to the preservation of this building. We can only very occasionally accommodate volunteers who require a shorter session. Please email us at volunteer@historicorps.org for more information.

We are always ready to answer your questions. Once you register, expect us to be in touch a few times before your project begins to confirm attendance, offer advice, and share updates. Thank you always! Really, we can’t do it without you.

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After registering, you should receive an auto-confirmation via email. If you do not receive this confirmation, please contact us at volunteer@historicorps.org.