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Agricultural Heritage Center Opens for the Season on April 1

Open April 1 through October 31 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with tours starting at 11 a.m.

8348 Ute Highway 66 west of Longmont

Come to the farm, enjoy the rural setting, and learn about the rich agricultural history of Boulder County. The farm includes two barns with interactive exhibits, a milk house, blacksmith shop, and a furnished 1909 farmhouse. Groups may make special arrangements for tours. Contact Jim Drew at 303-776-8688 or jdrew@bouldercounty.org for more information.

 

Dyeing Fabric ‘n’ Eggs

Saturday April 2, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Walker Ranch Homestead; 8999 Flagstaff Mountain Road, approximately 7.5 miles west of Boulder on Flagstaff Road

Plunge into the world of natural and simple manufactured dyes. What plants make what colors for fabric and eggs? See dye being prepared on the wood stove. Make a little something to take home. For ages 10 and older; each youth must be accompanied by an adult also registered for and taking part in the program.

 

Spring Break Adventure: Virtual Meets Reality

Wednesday April 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Rabbit Mountain Open Space; northeast of Lyons on North 55th Street; meet at group picnic shelter

Can’t let go of technology? Bring your kids (with your smartphone) and discover new ways to use technology that encourages you to look beyond the screen. Learn to observe nature with your eyes as well as your camera lens. Designed for families with elementary-age children.

 

Rattlesnake Hike

Saturday April 9, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Rabbit Mountain Open Space; NE of Lyons on north 55th Street; meet at group picnic shelter

Enjoy a moderate 2-mile spring hike and learn about this fascinating reptile, which can be found in the plains and foothills. Volunteer naturalists will share information about the western rattlesnake, including habitat, ecology, behavior, and how to be safe in rattlesnake country. Bring water and wear closed-toe hiking shoes/boots.

 

Lions and Abert’s and Bears!

Saturday April 16, 10 a.m.-noon

Bald Mountain Scenic Area; 5 miles west of Boulder on Sunshine Canyon Drive (Mapleton Ave. in Boulder city limits)

Join volunteer naturalists for a moderate one-mile hike to learn about some of the critters that call Bald Mountain home, including a handsome squirrel that lives only in ponderosa pine forests. Also see evidence of the 2010 Fourmile Canyon fire and learn a little about the natural role of fire in this ecosystem.

 

Assay Museum Opens for the Season

Saturday April 16, 11 a.m. 3 p.m.

General Hours: April 1 – October 31

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Third Saturday of each month

6352 Fourmile Canyon Drive, Boulder

The James F. Bailey Assay Office Museum, located in the historic town of Wallstreet just west of Boulder, helps tell the story of hard rock mining in this area. The assay office was the place where prospectors would take their ore samples to find out whether or not they had potentially “struck it rich.” The determination of the assayer could, and often did, make or break a prospector. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

 

The Mystery of Bird Migration Slide Program

Monday April 25, 7-8:30 p.m.

Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce Street, Louisville

Learn why birds make seasonal journeys, how they know when and where to go, how they find their way, and what brings them back year after year? Join volunteer naturalists Larry Arp and Vicki Braunagel to explore these and other fascinating mysteries surrounding the amazing world of bird migration.

 

Join the Frog Chorus!

Tuesday April 26, 10-11 a.m.

Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat; 75th Street between Valmont Road and Jay Road (meet at the group picnic shelter at Cottonwood Marsh)

It’s fun to listen to the call of frogs in the spring! Young children and their adult companions will experience stories, activities, and exploration while learning more about western chorus frogs and northern leopard frogs from naturalists Katherine Young and Deborah Price. Designed for children ages 3-7 but other siblings are welcome.

 

Hike for Seniors

Thursday, April 28, 10 a.m.-noon

Walker Ranch (Meet at the Myers Homestead Trailhead at the lower parking lot.)

Enjoy a nature hike for seniors every month. Programs include information about an area’s history, wildlife and current resource management projects. No registration is necessary, but please call 303-678-6214 in advance if you plan to bring a group so we have enough naturalists at the program.

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For information about these programs or to arrange a volunteer-led program for your group please contact:

Larry Colbenson, Natural History Program Coordinator, Boulder County Parks and Open Space at 303-678-6214 or  lcolbenson@bouldercounty.org