Through the years, Friends of the Peak has trained crew leaders and project leaders in the various aspects needed for a successful volunteer project. The training is sometimes more informal on-the-job training, but often classroom work and field application. Training also has focused on specific needs. Training for trail construction and for trail maintenance, which has different issues, have been offered separately and together. Coordinating projects has even more aspects, planning the entire event and all the logistics involved in that, and then executing. In 2011, Friends of the Peak offered training, separately, for project coordinators, for crew leaders for trail maintenance, and on evaluating trails and deciding what work to do. In 2012, Friends of the Peak joined with Trails and Open Space Coalition, Colorado Springs Parks and Recreational and Cultural Services, and other Friends groups to provide crew leader training in trail construction, trail maintenance, and restoration for the Friends groups in the area.
Pikes Peak Highway
Friends of the Peak’s roots go back to restoration work, in particular along the Pikes Peak Highway. Through the years, Friends of the Peak has continued this work. In 2006 and 2007, Friends of the Peak had volunteer projects along Pikes Peak Highway. Each year, in one project, volunteers went along the highway searching for chunks of tundra that had dislodged from the edge of cut slopes and rescued, that is, gathered, them, so that they could be replanted in appropriate areas. In the next project each of these years, volunteers worked with Forest Service and Pikes Peak Highway to restore vegetation on cut slope areas.
Rocky Mountain Field Institute, working with Pikes Peak Highway and Forest Service, continues restoration work along the highway.