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Beginning in 1980, The Greenway Foundation has provided employment opportunities for young adults along Denver’s urban waterways.  This unique opportunity was designed to provide Denver youth with training and experience that would help them grow  into leaders within their community while introducing them to the myriad of careers in environmental education, parks and open space, tourism, interpretation, and other related fields.

The primary responsibilities of Greenway River Rangers has been to provide assistance to Denver Parks and Recreation through trash removal, park enhancement and trail building while also providing a one-of-a-kind experience to thousands of Denver residents and visitors from around the Country through The Greenway Foundation’s boating concession, Venice on the Creek.

Venice on the Creek offers an experience like no other in Denver or even Colorado.  The Greenway River Rangers are trained to provide a fun and educational tour of the Cherry Creek in Lower Downtown while guiding customers up and down the Creek in gondola style boats.  In the evening, candle lit lanterns are added to the boats providing a little romance for those looking for a more intimate experience.

In 2010, the Foundation expanded the River Ranger program by adding opportunities for the youth employees to earn their Environmental Education Certification over the course of the summer, and added day trips and summer camps for the Rangers to serve as teachers and role models for younger children while building their leadership skills.

This expanded program also puts focus on opening doors and creating pathways for youth from demographics traditionally under-represented in the field of environmental education.  Throughout the summer these individuals are able to start to build the knowledge, tools, and skills critical to pursuing a career in this, or a related field.

Venice on the Creek


Support the Greenway River Rangers while experiencing Denver like never before! Gently glide down Cherry Creek in Lower Downtown.  During the day, enjoy a fun and entertaining tour through Denver’s past and present.  At night, candle lit lanterns are added to the ride for the perfect evening out.  Reservations are required, and boats fill up quickly.  Reserve a boat today at

Summer Camp

Support the Greenway River Rangers by registering a child for the most exciting summer camp in Denver.  Information and reservations at