Seedhouse Guard Station, CO 2021
Seedhouse Guard Station, CO 2021

Seedhouse Guard Station, CO 2021

Seedhouse Guard Station, CO 2021

Let not the hard work of the past be left to rot! Built in 1933, the Seedhouse Guard Station is now serving the public as an interpretative and recreational resource. This unassuming outpost is located near some of the prettiest mountain views in Colorado. 

PROJECT PARTNER:  Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest

SESSION DATES: NEW JUNE SESSION DATES! June 20-25, June 25 – July 2,  July 4-9, and July 11-16

Project Site Description & History

Part of the history of the U.S. Forest Service is contained within this cabin. The USFS was established in 1905, and that same year the Park Range Forest Reserve (what we know today as the Routt, or Medicine Bow-Routt, National Forest) was dedicated. National forests are historically committed to “preserving an adequate vegetative cover for regulation of stream flow and prevention of erosion, of growing timber to satisfy human needs, and of making the timber, water, and other forest resources available to the people of this country in ways of greatest service,” as described by the USFS. Learn more here.

According to our partner, in 1912 the Forest Service established this site as a seed collection and drying center for spruce and pine cones. Originally called the “North Fork Administrative Site,” its name was changed to Seedhouse Administrative Site in 1929. Four years later, the site gained a two-room dwelling that incorporated a concrete foundation, wood drop siding, a tin roof and Celotex interior, as well as a garage. (Celotex was one of a variety of processed wood products Regional designers utilized during this era.) The site was seasonally inhabited by forest rangers on duty in the Region.

In this forest, trees like lodgepole pine, Engelmann spruce, and Douglas firs dominate the landscape; in midsummer, wildflowers burst into bloom, though at these elevations their splendor is fleeting. Hiking in this area is almost unparalleled, and anglers will especially appreciate the streams full of trout on this project. In the winter, the road to Seedhouse Guard Station is unplowed, which makes it a wonderful destination for winter enthusiasts like snowmobilers, skiers, and snowshoers. The guard station is available for overnight rentals most years, and our work this season will ensure it can continue to serve the public as an interpretative and recreational resource.

Join us in the mountains this season to restore the Seedhouse Guard Station’s most important barrier against weather and time: its exterior paint. Oh, and be sure to bring a bathing suit – Covid restrictions pending, there are several excellent hot springs in the area!

The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest offers excellent hiking trails, alpine streams and lakes, and expansive skies (the stars at night will be unforgettable!).

 

Location and Logistics

PROJECT PARTNER: Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest

SESSION DATES: June 20-25, June 25 – July 2, July 4-9 and July 11-16

Please plan to arrive at our campsite no earlier than 5pm and no later than 7pm on the first day of your session.

SITE INFORMATION:     Tent camping only     Site is RV/trailer accessible

*** There are only 2 spaces for small/medium-sized RVs/trailers. If you are bringing an RV/trailer, please confirm there is still space for your rig with us at volunteer@historicorps.org.

LOCATION:

ABOUT VOLUNTEERING:  HistoriCorps projects are free for volunteers! HistoriCorps will provide all meals, tools, training, and equipment, and a campsite. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to the campsite, sleeping equipment, work clothes and boots, and other personal gear. There is one Kitchen Helper spot per session.

Scope of Work

SCOPE OF WORK DIFFICULTY:   

HistoriCorps is committed to educating and training volunteers in preservation skills, with an overarching mission of inspiring a preservation ethic in all those involved. Learning and working alongside expert HistoriCorps field staff, volunteers and youth will learn the traditional skills necessary to preserve the Seedhouse Guard Station’s dwelling and garage:

  • Rehabilitate windows: 30%
  • Remove deteriorated and flaking paint from building exteriors: 35%
  • Re-paint both buildings: 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 percentage of the scope a particular task is, the more likely you will get to practice it.

Sign Up!

We’re thrilled this project has inspired you to volunteer! Choose your session and register below.

Review the Kitchen Helper Job Description here if interested in that position. You will know your registration was successful when you receive a confirmation email. Contact volunteer@historicorps.org for assistance.

HistoriCorps does not charge for its volunteering projects. HistoriCorps relies on donations to continue engaging volunteers to save significant historical sites across America for generations to come. Your donation of any amount will make an incredible difference! Increase your impact – make a generous gift today.

Volunteer Logistics, Policies, and Advice

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:

  • Review our COVID protocols, including mask requirements, here.
  • 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 small RVs. Please review the project site description above for more information, and if you’re still not sure, email volunteer@historicorps.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.
  • 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 in project campsites (actually, we love having dogs join us around the campfire!). Dogs are not permitted on the job site for everyone's safety. 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.