Meet Your Forest: Trade volunteer time for free bacon in Keystone |

Meet Your Forest: Trade volunteer time for free bacon in Keystone

Jasmine Hupcey
Meet Your Forest
This summer, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District is offering a series of exclusive Members-Only Educational Hikes, including a Mining Tour on Tuesday, July 21.
Courtesy of Friends of the Dillon Ranger District |

Volunteer for Bacon Tour

There are two volunteer shifts each day for Friends of the Dillon Ranger District at Keystone’s Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour. To sign up, follow the directions below.

1. Go to, click the “Volunteer” tab, and scroll through the calendar

2. Find and click on “Bacon Tour,” and choose the day and time you want to sign up

3. Enter your name and email address

Once you sign up, you will receive an email with more details as the event draws closer. Contact FDRD with any questions at (970) 262-3449 or

Do you smell bacon? Mmmmm, that’s right, the fifth-annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour at Keystone is just around the corner. This sweet and savory event, which is taking place Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28, also doubles as a fundraiser for Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, and we need your help.

The Keystone Neighbourhood Co. is hosting the Bacon Tour, and they love our volunteers just as much as we do. Our volunteer hours contribute to making the event a success, and FDRD receives $3,500 when we fill all of our shifts. There are a variety of volunteer positions available to suit your skills and talents, including selling Bacon Bucks, providing customer service, distributing tickets, checking IDs and running bacon to vendors. Each volunteer will receive an event T-Shirt, a complimentary drink ticket and a tasting ticket after their shift, plus the satisfaction that comes along with contributing to a good cause.

FDRD store grand opening

In other news, the grand opening of the new FDRD Store on Friday, June 12, was a huge success due to the exuberance of the FDRD board, the patience of the staff at the Dillon Ranger District front desk where we share offices and our special book-signing guests, renowned outdoor photographer John Fielder and local historical author Mary Ellen Gilliland.

SCTV covered the grand opening, and Mike Connolly, our executive director, was interviewed. Visit this story at for a link to Connolly’s interview, where he describes the great work performed by FDRD throughout the county.

If you’re interested in nature photography, the history of Summit County or information on local trails, please visit our store located in Silverthorne across from Target in the Dillon Ranger District lobby. We also have a booth at the Dillon Farmers Market on Fridays all summer from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., so stop by and say hi and discover what FDRD is all about. All the proceeds from merchandise sales at both the store and the Dillon Farmers Market benefit the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and our efforts in trail and watershed restoration and sustainability.

Members-only hikes

This summer, FDRD is offering exclusive Members-Only Educational Hikes. They’re a great way to benefit from your FDRD membership by joining our ranger- and specialist-led hikes here in Summit County. These hikes have a limited number of participant spots, so please sign up as a FDRD member on our website and then visit our calendar page at

The schedule includes Wildflower Hikes on Friday, June 26, and Saturday, July 19; Geology Hikes on Thursday, July 16, and Tuesday, July 28; a Mining Tour on Tuesday, July 21; and a Mushroom Hike on Saturday, Aug. 15.

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District is Summit County’s direct connection to giving back to our national forest lands and wilderness rehab and upkeep. As always, I hope to see you on the trails!

Jasmine Hupcey is the office and volunteer manager for Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. She can be reached at For more information on the organization and volunteer opportunities, visit

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