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What is a Heritage Culturalist?

The Heritage Culturalist Volunteer (HCV) Program is the Cache la Poudre National Heritage Area’s volunteer program. Volunteers are critical to CALA’s mission of providing current and future generations the opportunity to understand and celebrate our working river. The Heritage Culturalist Program educates volunteers about the rich history and recreational opportunities of the Cache, and trains volunteers to interpret and share that information. Once trained, volunteers provide interpretation and expertise to the public at Poudre Heritage Alliance (PHA) programs and events. If you’re interested, apply today!

Some things HCV’s Do

During the training, Heritage Culturalist Volunteers visit historical sites and participate in interactive discussions to develop deeper knowledge of the CALA. Once the training program is completed, HCV’s use their expertise to educate the public and increase awareness of the National Heritage Area by:

  • Leading community events, teacher workshops, seminars, guided tours, and other activities.
  • Participate in additional training opportunities and educational events through PHA and its partner organizations.
  • Creating professional documentation of Heritage Area resources that enhance heritage tourism opportunities.

Heritage Culturalist Qualifications & Training

  • Participate in 18 hours of classroom/field training over three days (Dates TBD)
  • Donate 40 hours of time over two years.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older or have parent/guardian signed permission.
  • Must pass a background check.
  • Have a passion for the Cache la Poudre River, an enthusiasm for learning, and an aspiration to share your knowledge.

Ambassador Qualifications & Training

  • Coming Soon!

Stewards Qualifications & Training

  • Coming Soon!



For More Information

Poudre Heritage Alliance Program Manager at 970-295-4851 or

The Poudre Heritage Alliance (PHA) raises awareness about water issues and connects people to their water heritage in the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area (CALA) through a variety of programs that promote, engage, and inspire!


*This project was paid for in part by a History Colorado – State Historical Fund grant from 2017-2018. The contents and opinions contained herein do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of History Colorado.