Betasso Preserve Bridge by Amy Gosch

Hikes & Events

Fun on the Farm: Pioneer Life

Friday August 5, 9:15-10 a.m. and 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Agricultural Heritage Center

Bring your 3-6 year olds to the farm to learn about animals, plants, and agricultural life. All programs include a short story time, hands-on activities, and a take-home craft. Adult chaperones must stay with children. The 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 programs are the same – pick the most convenient time to attend!

 

Kids Gone Fishing

Saturday August 6, 9 a.m.-noon
Stearns Lake at the Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm

These clinics are a fun way to for kids 5 to 15 to enjoy fishing. Kids go through stations to learn about casting, baiting a hook, fish handling, and more and then get to practice their new skills. This is a great opportunity for both kids who have never fished and those who want to learn more about fishing.

Registration required.

 

Sunset Hikes

All hikes begin at 6:30 and conclude at sunset.

Join your family and friends for an evening exploring your local parks. At each hike, volunteer naturalists interpret each park’s history, geology, ecosystems, plants and wildlife. Sunset hikes are easy-moderate hiking and suitable for all ages.

Wednesday August 10, Betasso Preserve

Thursday August 18, Caribou Ranch Open Space

 

Rabbit Mountain Sunrise Photography Session

Saturday August 13, 5:30 a.m.–8:00 a.m.
Rabbit Mountain Open Space

Please join a sunrise photography session with Ranger Fowler at Rabbit Mountain. Meet Ranger Fowler at the Rabbit Mountain parking area before the sun comes up and walk to a photogenic spot to capture the rising sun and take some photos for the 2017 Land through The Lens Photography Exhibit.

Registration required.

 

All that Glistens Isn’t Gold

Sunday August 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Nederland Mining Museum

Try your hand at gold panning and find out if you’ve struck it rich! Many people came to this area in the 1860s to find fortune through mining. Do you have what it takes to travel back in time? Programs are free and best for ages 3 and old, space is limited to the first 25 people who register.

Registration required.

 

Night Hike at Mud Lake

Tuesday August 16, 8-10 p.m.
Mud Lake Open Space

Join volunteer naturalists to explore an open space property at night! We’ll hike about one mile round-trip on an easy trail, enjoy the starlight, and learn about the nocturnal habits of critters that live here. Bring water, a flashlight, and wear hiking shoes/boots.

 

Sunset Hikes

All hikes begin at 6:30 and conclude at sunset.

Join your family and friends for an evening exploring your local parks. At each hike, volunteer naturalists interpret each park’s history, geology, ecosystems, plants and wildlife. Sunset hikes are easy-moderate hiking and suitable for all ages.

Thursday August 18, Caribou Ranch Open Space

 

Fun on the Farm: Pioneer Life

Friday August 19, 9:15-10 a.m. and 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Agricultural Heritage Center

Bring your 3-6 year olds to the farm to learn about animals, plants, and agricultural life. All programs include a short story time, hands-on activities, and a take-home craft. Adult chaperones must stay with children. The 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 programs are the same – pick the most convenient time to attend!

 

Living in Lion and Bear Country

Saturday August 20, 9-11 a.m.
Heil Valley Ranch Open Space

Join volunteer naturalists for a moderate 1.5-mile hike and learn our local mountain lions and black bears. Along the trail, we’ll talk about why the foothills are such good habitat for lions and bears. We’ll also discuss hunting and feeding habits, and how to be safe in lion and bear country.

 

Visit the Assay Museum and Peek into the Mining Trunk

Saturday August 20, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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.

If you visit between 11:30-1:30 you can learn even more as cultural history volunteers share artifacts and you peek into the mining trunk.

 

Hike for Seniors

Thursday August 25, 10 a.m.-noon
Bald Mountain Scenic Area

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.

 

Places to Visit

Agricultural Heritage Center

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

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 drew@bouldercounty.org for more information.

 

Nederland Mining Museum

Open June 3 – October 30
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm

200 N. Bridge Street (on the roundabout in Nederland at the corner of North Bridge Street and Highway 119).

Learn about the lives of the miners of yesteryear.  Visit the Nederland Mining Museum and get a glimpse into the world of hard rock mining days in Boulder County during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Various “tools of the trade” offer a close-up look at the lives of the miners. Miners wore helmets equipped with lights; how did those change over the years? See how drills used to do the mining changed as technology did. Ring a signal bell like the miners did to tell the hoist operator to bring them up and out of the mine. How was dynamite stored and in what amounts could miners buy it? See indoor and outdoor displays of trams, ore carts, engines, historic photographs and rare mining claim maps.

 

Dougherty Museum

8306 Hwy 287, one mile south of Longmont on the east side of U.S. 287
Hours of operation:
June 3 – August 28, 11 a.m. -5 p.m.
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Admission Fee: Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. Children under 6 years of age are free.

The Dougherty Museum is home to one of the finest collections of antique automobiles in the region. The museum houses a collection of beautifully restored antique automobiles, including models powered by steam, electricity and early internal combustion types. Many of the cars date back 100 years and are in running order.
For more information please call 303-776-2520 or visit www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org.