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Top of the Pines is an outstandingly beautiful outdoor recreation, environmental education facility and open space preserve.

Located at the foot of the Sneffels Range in southwest Colorado and In close proximity to Ouray,  Ridgway and Telluride, this 175-acre wilderness jewel offers local communities and visitors a remarkable place to learn, recreate, and celebrate, while also providing a most attractive gathering place for everyone interested in exploring the beauty of the San Juans.

Top of the Pines, Inc. is proud to announce its participation in TimeBank of the Rockies (TBR) — a global grassroots initiative enabling members to exchange skills without a transfer of money.  We also view it as one way we can thank you – our volunteers – by providing access to free services from scores (soon hundreds!) of TBR members in Ouray county.

Once you have joined TBR (for a small annual donation), your volunteer time for us earns you hours that you can exchange for many services such as massages, auto mechanics, window washers, dog-walkers, tutors, and many others—all free!

We can arrange an orientation to get you signed up or you can go to timebankoftherockies.com  and follow these steps:

Click on the Join Now gray box on the right – half way down the page.

Follow the 4 directions:
1  Fill out an online application.  Be sure to record your password for future use!!!
2  Send your check payable to Time Bank of the Rockies to: TBR, PO Box 85, Montrose, CO 81402
3  Complete the reference form. Your references don’t have to be TBR members.
4  Complete the liability release form

Upon completion of this application process, TBR will activate your Time Bank account.  Then you will be able to input your profile/brief biography, your offers and your requests.  Then you are ready to start time banking!

We’re convinced that it’s a real benefit to Top of the Pines and to our volunteers and hope that you’ll join.

If you’d like more information on Timebanking, here’s a great video: http://timebankoftherockies.com/resources/time-bank-videos

HOW WE GOT HERE

When the Girl Scouts decided to let this camp go in the 90s and it looked like it might become private property, the Ridgway community jumped in.  Funds were raised to purchase it, and then it was turned over to Ouray County to maintain as a magnificent public resource.  The TOP, Inc. 501(c)(3) volunteer Board now manages this outstanding property on behalf of the County and all users.  However, even with enthusiastic support from the County, TOP is responsible for raising funds and providing for volunteer help.

To find your way to this remarkable mountain hideaway, see our Getting Here page.


Cimarrons (Courthouse Mtn and Chimney Peak)

WHAT’S COMING UP

TOP, Inc. is currently raising money to complete renovation of the old pavilion, add infrastructure improvements, create hike/bike trails and camping sites and turn this stunning wilderness area into a one-of-a-kind facility for community events, learning, and play.  The plans include adding a kitchen, yurts, indoor toilets and showers, audio-visual equipment and more.

To accomplish all this, we are pursuing grant money, but grantors want to know that locals support the project with their time and money.  This is a prerequisite for success, i.e. grant donors want to see that there is tangible community support.

Please help us turn this opportunity into a reality!

* Contribute through our “Contribute” link: http://topofthepines.org/contribute/

OR

* Contribute through our crowdsourcing GOFUNDMEhttp://www.gofundme.com/top-of-the-pines

Contact us!