Volunteering

Step back in time…

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, a living history farm and museum, depicts life in the Pikes Peak Region from the perspective of the people who lived here.  Four time periods are interpreted at the Ranch:  c. 1800 American Indian Area (Ute and Plains Indian cultures); late 1860’s Galloway Homestead; 1880’s Rock Ledge House and working farm;  the 1907 Orchard House, a country estate; and a working blacksmith shop.   Some of the Smith’s hand-forged items are available for sale in Heritage Shop, run by the Living History Association, which offers other goods that reflect the visitor’s experience.

As a volunteer or docent, you make history a living experience for Ranch visitors. Docents dress in period-appropriate clothing and demonstrate everyday life in a “simpler time,” which you will discover the 19th century was not.

A docent in the Rock Ledge House will show visitors that when the railroad came to the Pikes Peak Region comforts and technology followed. It was just as hard to make a living in the semiarid landscape, but the Chambers family was successful at truck farming because they were innovative.

The Orchard House is an elegant country estate built by General William J. Palmer for William and Charlotte Schlater, his sister-in-law and her husband. Edwardian society-even here in the west adhered to strict social etiquette. Teas and afternoon visitations were important for social contact.



All volunteers must be registered before they may begin helping out at the Ranch.

Below is an embedded frame of the form from the City of Colorado Springs’ General Volunteer Opportunities page. Search through the list of volunteer opportunities. If your age is 18 or over click on ‘Rock Ledge Ranch Adult Docent/Volunteer‘. If your age is 17 or under click on ‘Junior Docent at Rock Ledge Ranch‘. It is important that you read the complete volunteer job description carefully! If you wish to continue after reading the job description, click on the button that says ‘Not Registered? Submit a Service Project Application‘. Enter your email address and first name and then click ‘Check for Account‘. Fill out the form and click on the bar at the end that says ‘Add Volunteer Information to Profile‘. That should be it! Thanks for your support!

If the above frame doesn’t work, you should be able to reach the forms by following these instructions:

  • Go to: springsgov.com/volunteer
  • Click on ‘General Volunteer Opportunities
  • Search through the list of volunteer opportunities:
    • If your age is 18 or over click on ‘Rock Ledge Ranch Adult Docent/Volunteer
    • If your age is 17 or under click on ‘Junior Docent at Rock Ledge Ranch
  • Please read the volunteer job description carefully!
  • Click on the button that says ‘Not Registered? Submit a Service Project Application
  • Enter your email address and first name and then click ‘Check for Account
  • Fill out the form and click on the bar at the end that says ‘Add Volunteer Information to Profile

If you need help or have questions about the application please contact Tilah Larson, the Volunteer Coordinator for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department at 385-6532, or email her at tlarson@springsgov.com.

Thanks for your support!