One of our most treasured local non-profit organizations, Friends of Dillon Ranger District (FDRD), offers a variety of programs to keep us learning and exploring all winter long! Friends of Dillon Ranger District is an active, locally-based stewardship organization that, with help of volunteers and collaboration with the US Forest Service, works for sustainable management of our local forest. Explore the winter programs offered by FDRD this season!

FDRD goals include improving trail conditions, consistent volunteer engagement, and presence, providing youth engagement and learning opportunities, improving natural resource conditions, partnering with local businesses and organizations, and educating the public about issues facing the National Forest.

Support our local forest by becoming a member, volunteering for a trail work day, or attending one of their many educational program opportunities!

Join FDRD and naturalists, geologists, and other volunteers on a variety of free, guided snowshoe tours of our beautiful winter wonderland. Take in spectacular views and learn about our natural environment with the experts! Topics of discussion include the local natural environment, climate change impacts, wildlife, and recreational conservation strategies, water conservation, and more!

  • Winter Wonders Snowshoe Tour: Thursday, December 15, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Keystone Gulch
  • Moonlit Snowshoe Tour: Thursday, January 5, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Oro Grande/Tenderfoot Trailhead
  • Backcountry Snow Tour: Monday, January 9, 10 .m.-1 p.m., Rock Creek Trailhead
  • Where Does the Snow Go? Snowshoe Tour: Wednesday, January 18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Winter Wonders Snowshoe Tour: Wednesday, February 1, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Rainbow Lake
  • Alpine Adaptations Snowshoe Hike: Thursday, February 9, 9 a.m.-12 p.m, Rock Creek Trailhead
  • Backcountry Snow Tour: Monday, February 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Moonlit Snowshoe Tour: Wednesday, March 8, 6-8 p.m., Old Dillon Reservoir
  • Backcountry Snow Tour: Monday, March 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Peru Creek Trailhead
  • Winter Wonders Snowshoe Tour: Tuesday, April 4, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., North Tenmile Creek

FDRD has partnered with Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Copper Mountain Resorts to provide this amazing educational opportunity! Join a ski ranger on the mountian for a free, cultural and natural history tour. Rangers will lead the group down green or blue runs, stopping to discuss topics from local plant and animal life, geology, history, and more. No need to sign up, just show up and enjoy!

  • Arapahoe Basin: January 21-April 29, Each Friday 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Meet at top of Black Mountain Express
  • Breckenridge Resort: December 31-April 1, Each Friday 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; Meet at top of Independence Chair
  • Keystone Resort: December 31-April 1, Each Friday 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; Meet at Keytop Overlook Deck
  • Copper Mountain Resort: December 31-April 2, Each Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; Meet at top of Timberline Express
  • Ski Cooper: January 2-April 10, Each Sunday 1-2 p.m.; Meet inside the Mountain Lodge

Snow School is the perfect program to introduce children and young adults into our wonderous winter world and the value of land stewardship! In collaboration with Winter Wildlands Alliance, FDRD offers winter adventure to children ages 5-17, with the program activities adapting to the ages of the group. The program duration is 1-3 hours.

Topics include:

  • Winter ecology
  • Animal adaptations
  • Winter survival skills
  • Snow science
  • Watershed health
  • Avalanche awareness
  • And more!

FDRD hosts speakers and film screenings as part of their ongoing commitment to community education and involvement. Experts in a variety of fields and specialties join us here in Summit County to share and education the audience on a wide range of topics!

  • Climbing the Seven Summits
    • February 9, 7-8 p.m., Broken Compass Brewery
    • Alpinist John Peterson shares his experiences climbing the highest peak on each continent!
  • Moving Day: A History of the Migration of the Ute Native Americans
    • March 16, 6-7p.m., Summit Historical Society 1883 Schoolhouse
    • Learn about the Native American tribes of Colorado and their migrations. Learn about the culture, traditions, tools, and more.
  • Alpine EcoFlora Project
    • April 13, 6-7 p.m., South Branch Library
    • Emily Griffoul, Conservation Scientist at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens will present on Alpine Strategy, a guide developed to protect and conserve alpine plants and habitats!

Want to give back to your local forest?