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Fun on the Farm: Adventures for Little Farmers

Friday September 1, offered twice at 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 Ute Highway 66, Longmont

Bring your children ages 3-6 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. Afterwards explore the farm. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The 9:30 and 10:30 programs are the same – pick the most convenient time to attend!

Note: This program is also offered on September 15.

 

Hard Rock Mining Tour

Saturday September 2, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Nederland Mining Museum, 200 N. Bridge St., Nederland

Tap into the towns, tools and characters of local hard rock mining heritage by visiting mining sites of years gone by. Tours are free and open to ages 10 years and older. Some walking required.

Register here

 

An Evening at the Museum

Friday September 8, 7-8 p.m.
Nederland Mining Museum, 200 N. Bridge St., Nederland 

Visit the Nederland Mining Museum after hours for a special guest speaker, along with coffee and dessert. The topic for this evening is, “Autumn in the Rockies.” Discover what makes autumn one of the most magical times of the year in Nederland.

 

Nature Detectives: Awe-ssssome Bullsnakes

Friday September 8, 10-11:30 a.m.
Meeting location provided to registered participants

One of the largest snakes in Colorado, non-venomous bullsnakes have an important place in the ecosystem and are interesting animals. Bring your 3-8 year-olds to explore the world of bullsnakes through activities, exploration, and stories.

Register here

 

Seeing Ourselves through the Eyes of Nature

Saturday September 9, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Meeting location provided to registered participants

Join volunteer naturalist Linda Weber for a contemplative walk in nature. You will be given ways to slow down, focus inward, and allow yourself to be mirrored by wild, more-than-human nature.  Using your senses you will experience nature’s rhythms and learn more about the ways of earth and sky. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a notebook and pen. For ages 16 and up.

Register here

 

 

Rattlesnake Hike

Sunday September 10, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain

As fall approaches, rattlesnakes become more active as they prepare for hibernation. Join volunteer naturalists on a moderate 1.5-mile hike and learn about the prairie rattlesnake.

 

Crafts and Trades of Olden Days

Sunday September 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 Ute Highway 66, Longmont

Learn about old-fashioned jobs and the traditional arts and crafts that went into making what was needed for life down on the farm. See a blacksmith in action, try your hand at candle-dipping and working with a drop spindle! There will also be make-and-take crafts for kids. This special event is fun for all ages.

 

Fun on the Farm: Adventures for Little Farmers

Friday September 15, offered twice at 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 Ute Highway 66, Longmont

Bring your children ages 3-6 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. Afterwards explore the farm. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The 9:30 and 10:30 programs are the same – pick the most convenient time to attend!

Note: This program is also offered on September 1.

 

Bears in Our Backyard

Saturday September 16, 10 a.m.-noon
Heil Valley Ranch, North of Boulder off Lefthand Canyon Drive, meet at group picnic shelter

As fall approaches, black bears are busy gorging on berries and other food in preparation for their long winter sleep. Join volunteer naturalists on a moderate one-mile hike to learn about our local bruin and how people and bears can share our wild places.

 

Gold Panning

Sunday September 17, noon-2 p.m.
Nederland Mining Museum, 200 Bridge St., Nederland

Try your hand at panning for gold! This activity led to the settlement of Boulder County as people sought their fortunes. Do you have what it takes to travel back in time and search for gold? Programs are open to ages 5 years and older.

Register for a preferred time below:
12 -12:30 p.m.
12:45-1:15 p.m.
1:30-2 p.m.

 

The Geologic History of Boulder County

Tuesday September 19, 7-8:30 p.m.
Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce Street, Louisville

Rocks contain a record of earth’s history that can be read like the pages in a book. Join geologist Roger Myers for this slide program and learn how to read the story in the rocks in your backyard.

 

Birding Boulder County through the Seasons

Wednesday September 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
Lyons Regional Library, 805 Main Street, Lyons

Join volunteer naturalists to learn about birding through the seasons in Boulder County. This program will explore where to find and how to identify some of our local and migratory birds, and also introduce you to an amazing range of ecosystems and habitats.

 

Astronomy: All Things Being Equal

Friday September 22, 6:30-9 p.m.
Meeting location provided to registered participants

On the fall equinox, discover how daylight and seasons change, find out why we see different constellations at different times of the year, and discover why the Zodiac doesn’t quite line up. Afterwards, enjoy the fall skies with telescopes provided by the Longmont Astronomical Society. This program is family-friendly.

Register here

 

Geology and Landforms of Hall Ranch

Saturday September 23, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Hall Ranch, one mile west of Lyons on Highway 7, meet at the group shelter near the upper parking lot

Join geologist Roger Myers to learn about the dramatic geology and landscape of Hall Ranch. This moderately-strenuous 2-mile hike is geared to adults.

 

Fall Color Paint Session

Saturday, September 23, 10 a.m. – 2p.m.
Caribou Ranch, 2 miles north of Nederland on County Road 126, meet at parking lot kiosk

Ranger Fowler will accompany artists to an ideal spot to capture the fall colors at Caribou Ranch. Bring along your spirit of adventure, your own art supplies, and a chair if you’d like. This event will involve a moderate hike. Children under 18 years of age are welcome to attend with adult supervision.

Register here

 

Autumn Heritage & Vintage Base Ball Game Day

Sunday September 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (vintage base ball game begins at noon)
Walker Ranch Homestead, 8999 Flagstaff Mountain Road, approximately seven miles west of Boulder

See how autumn was spent on a working ranch in the late 1800s. A highlight of this event is the vintage “base ball” game that will begin at noon. Costumed volunteers will demonstrate autumn chores such as root-cellaring, sausage making and doing laundry with a washboard and wringer. Watch the blacksmith make hinges, nails, and other hardware needed around the ranch and attend a one-room school session. For more information, contact Sheryl Kippen at skippen@bouldercounty.org or 303-776-8848. Please note: Dogs and bicycles not permitted at the homestead.

 

Hike for Seniors

Thursday September 28, 10 a.m.-noon
Betasso Preserve (meet at the trailhead near the picnic shelter)

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.

 

Hard Rock Mining Tour

Thursday September 28, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Nederland Mining Museum, 200 Bridge St., Nederland

Tap into the towns, tools and characters of local hard rock mining heritage by visiting mining sites of years gone by. Tours are free and open to ages 10 years and older. Some walking required.

Register here

 

Hammering at the Farm – Blacksmithing Demonstration

Saturday September 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 Ute Hwy 66, Longmont

Watch blacksmiths forge new tools to be used at the Agricultural Heritage Center. Blacksmithing was a common trade that supported agriculture, mining and construction in creating and repairing all things iron and steel. Stop by for this drop-in program that is appropriate for all ages.

Questions?

Unless otherwise noted, please contact Larry Colbenson, Natural History Program Coordinator, at 303-678-6214 or lcolbenson@bouldercounty.org for information about these programs or to arrange a volunteer-led program for your group.