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NCAR under a rainbow Credit: Amy Gosch

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Hikes & Events

Nature Detectives: Turtle Tricks

Thursday June 2, 10-11:30 a.m.
Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat

Learn about the cool survival tricks of two turtle species in Boulder County—the snapping turtle and the painted turtle—through stories, hands-on activities, and exploration. This program ties in with the Nature Detectives insert in Images. Designed for children ages 4-9 with adult companions.

 

Fun on the Farm: Earthworms-Underground Gardeners

Friday June 3, 9:15-10 a.m. and 10:30–11:15 a.m.
Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 Highway 66, Longmont

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.

 

Wildflower Hike at Mud Lake

Saturday June 4, 10 a.m.-noon.
Mud Lake Open Space

Join volunteer naturalists for an easy 1.5 mile hike to search out and enjoy the beautiful spring wildflowers. Along the trail, we will also learn about some of the local ecology and watch for signs of wildlife.

Agricultural Heritage Center Sunrise Plein Air Paint Session

Saturday June 4, 5:15–9 a.m.
Agricultural Heritage Center; 8348 Ute Highway 66; west of Longmont

Please join us for an opportunity to capture the rising sun and create artwork to submit to the ‘2016 Outdoor Creations – A Boulder county Juried Art Show.’ Artists will be allowed to access this property before normal hours. Registration required www.bouldercountyopenspace.org/register

 

Give Me That Old Time Music

Saturday June 4, 5-7 p.m.
Walker Ranch Homestead, Wagon Barn area; 8999 Flagstaff Mountain Road, approximately seven miles west of Boulder

Join musicians Bill and Crystal Atkinson for some fun foot stompin’ tunes. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs for seating and a picnic for your family to enjoy. If you like, sing or dance along. Bring your own instruments or use a few of the musicians’ and be part of the band.

 

Kids Gone Fishing Clinic

Sunday June 5, 9 a.m.-noon.
Meeting location provided to registered participants.

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 .

Registration required www.bouldercountyopenspace.org/register/

 

Sunset Hikes

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.

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

Tuesday June 7, Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat (Meet at the group picnic shelter at Cottonwood Marsh)

Wednesday June 15 Heil Valley Ranch (meet at the group picnic shelter near the Lichen Loop trailhead)

Thursday June 23 Mud Lake Open Space

Monday June 27 Bald Mountain Scenic Area

 

Spy Bones

Wednesday June 8, 10-11:30 a.m.
Betasso Preserve

The bone detectives are on the prowl! Help volunteer naturalists search for evidence, including skulls, bones, and antlers of some of the animals that live here. This program is for children ages 4-9 and their families, and will include plenty of hands-on fun for all.

 

Alexander Dawson Plein Air Paint Session

Saturday June 11, 7:30–10:30 a.m.

Please join us for an artist painting session led by local pastel artist, Lydia Pottoff and watercolor artist, Joan Wolbier on this normally closed property. Create artwork to submit to the “2016 Outdoor Creations – A Boulder County Juried Art Show.” Registration required www.bouldercountyopenspace.org/register

 

Seeing Ourselves Through The Eyes of Nature

Saturday June 11, 9:30 a.m.-noon.
Meeting location will be provided to registered participants

Join volunteer naturalist Linda Weber for a contemplative walk in nature. You will slow down, focus inward, and use your senses to 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. To register, email mailto:lcolbenson@bouldercounty.org, or call 303-678-6214 by Thursday, June 9.

 

Water Tour: Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Left Hand Ditch Company

Saturday June 11, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Tour begins and ends at the Plaza Convention Center in Longmont

Cost is 20.00 dollars

To register visit: www.bouldercountyopenspace.org/register

Water is a critical component of agriculture in Boulder County. This year, the tour will highlight the 150th Anniversary of the Left Hand Ditch Company. The 2016 Water Tour is supported by Boulder County Parks and Open Space, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District, and Left Hand Water District.

Tour Highlights:

Tour begins and ends at the Plaza Convention Center in Longmont (this is different from previous years). Light breakfast and lunch are included. Tour will begin with presentations on Water Law 101, orientation of the overall Left Hand Basin, and the history of the Left Hand Ditch. We’ll then board the motor coach buses to visit interesting facets of Left Hand history and current Left Hand Ditch System. Lunch will be served at the Beech Shelter. There will be speakers on the bus as well as at each stop with time for questions and discussion.

 

Fish Hawks of Boulder County

Sunday June 12, 9-10:30 a.m.
Boulder County Fairgrounds, Cattail Pond, North Entrance off Boston Avenue, Longmont

Join volunteer naturalists to observe and learn about Osprey, a remarkable bird of prey. An osprey pair has nested at Cattail Pond for several years, and we may see adults and young looking for food and trying out new wings. Bring a bird field guide and binoculars if you have them.

 

All that Glistens Isn’t Gold

Sunday June 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Agricultural Heritage Center

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 www.bouldercountyopenspace.org/register

 

Sunset Hikes

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.

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

Tuesday June 7, Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat (Meet at the group picnic shelter at Cottonwood Marsh)

Wednesday June 15 Heil Valley Ranch (meet at the group picnic shelter near the Lichen Loop trailhead)

Thursday June 23 Mud Lake Open Space

Monday June 27 Bald Mountain Scenic Area

 

Fun on the Farm: Earthworms-Underground Gardeners

Friday June 17, 9:15-10 a.m. and 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Agricultural Heritage Center 8348 Highway 66,

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.

 

Celebrate Summer Hike at Mud Lake

Saturday June 18, 10 a.m.-noon.
Mud Lake Open Space

Join volunteer naturalists to celebrate the coming of summer to the high country! On this easy 1.5 mile hike we will explore the natural history of the area including wildflowers, wildlife, and forest ecology. We will also talk about summer weather patterns and safety in the mountains.

 

Peek into the Mining Trunk

Saturday June 18, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Assay Office Museum, 6352 Fourmile Canyon Dr., Boulder

Extend your learning and fun with mining when Cultural History Volunteers share artifacts from the Mining Trunk with visitors to the Assay Office Museum.

 

Visit the Assay Museum

Saturday June 18, 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.

 

Wildflowers of Boulder County Slide Program

Monday June 20, 6-7:30 p.m.
George Reynolds Branch, Boulder Public Library

Join volunteer naturalists for a slide program to kick off the summer wildflower season! You’ll learn about a variety of wildflowers found from the plains to the alpine tundra, where and when to look for them, and interesting facts about our native plants.

 

Dark Skies and Creatures of the Night

Tuesday June 21, 2-3 p.m.
Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce Street, Louisville

It’s not just bats and owls that love the night. About 62% of species are nocturnal and need darkness to survive. Learn how the mighty dung beetle, fireflies, and other creatures depend on dark skies through interactive demonstrations. Designed for families with children ages 6-10.

 

Sunset Hikes

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.

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

Tuesday June 7, Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat (Meet at the group picnic shelter at Cottonwood Marsh)

Wednesday June 15 Heil Valley Ranch (meet at the group picnic shelter near the Lichen Loop trailhead)

Thursday June 23 Mud Lake Open Space

Monday June 27 Bald Mountain Scenic Area

 

Astronomy: Our Planetary Neighbors

Saturday June 25, 8:15-10:30 p.m.
Hall Ranch Open Space, meet at the group picnic shelter near the upper parking lot

This year is a great time to view the visible planets in the night sky! Find out more about our neighbors in the solar system, learn to identify a few summer constellations, and view the sky through telescopes provided by the Longmont Astronomical Society. Families welcome.

 

Barnyard Critter Day

Sunday June 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Agricultural Heritage Center 8348 Highway 66, between Lyons and Longmont

Animals have always been part of our lives. Come learn about the roles of chickens, pigs, horses and other animals on a farm. See demonstrations of sheep herding and horseshoeing, visit with chickens and pigs, and ride on a horse-drawn wagon. Please leave pets at home so our working animals will not be disturbed. For more information, call 303-776-8688 or email jdrew@bouldercounty.org.

 

Sunset Hikes

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.

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

Tuesday June 7, Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat (Meet at the group picnic shelter at Cottonwood Marsh)

Wednesday June 15 Heil Valley Ranch (meet at the group picnic shelter near the Lichen Loop trailhead)

Thursday June 23 Mud Lake Open Space

Monday June 27 Bald Mountain Scenic Area

 

Mud Lake Plein Air Paint Session

Tuesday June 28, 1–4 p.m.
Mud Lake Open Space

Please join us for an artist painting session led by local oil paint artists, Jeannie DeMarinis and Valerie Meyers, and create artwork to submit to the “2016 Outdoor Creations – A Boulder County Juried Art Show.” Registration required www.bouldercountyopenspace.org/register

 

Hike for Seniors

Thursday June 30, 10 a.m.-noon.
Betasso Preserve (meet at the group 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.

 

Sunset Hikes

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.

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

Tuesday June 7, Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat (Meet at the group picnic shelter at Cottonwood Marsh)

Wednesday June 15 Heil Valley Ranch (meet at the group picnic shelter near the Lichen Loop trailhead)

Thursday June 23 Mud Lake Open Space

Monday June 27 Bald Mountain Scenic Area

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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

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Museums

Visit the 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.