Visit the Agricultural Heritage Center

Saturday March 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.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. Contact Jim Drew at 303-776-8688 or jdrew@bouldercounty.org for more information.

Winter hours: The Agricultural Heritage Center is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. the first Saturday of each month November through March.

 

Birds of Prey Driving Tour

Sunday March 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Registration is limited; meeting location will be provided to registered participants

Join volunteer naturalists for a driving tour of some of Boulder County’s best areas to view birds of prey, or raptors. We will carpool from our meeting place searching for raptors, learning about habitat, and working on our observation and identification skills. Dress for the weather, and bring lunch, drinking water, binoculars, a spotting scope, and a bird field guide if you have them. The tour is geared for adults and older children. Register by emailing lcolbenson@bouldercounty.org, or calling 303-678-6214 no later than Thursday, March 10.

 

Whoo are the Owls?

Monday March 14, 7-8:30 p.m.
Longmont Public Library, Meeting Rooms A & B

Owls have been regarded with fascination and awe throughout recorded history and across many cultures. Over half of the owls recorded in the U.S. have been seen in Boulder County, and most of those owls nest here. Join volunteer naturalists to explore these fascinating and diverse creatures, and learn about the adaptations that make them such expert hunters.

 

The Hidden World of Bird Nests

Saturday March 19, 10 a.m.-noon

Registration is limited; meeting location will be provided to registered participant

Join volunteer naturalists for an easy walk in search of some of these structures created by amazing avian architects. Bring binoculars and a bird field guide if you have them. Register by emailing lcolbenson@bouldercounty.org, or by calling 303-678-6214 no later than Thursday, March 17.

 

Spring Has Sprung!

Sunday March 20, 10 a.m.-noon
Heil Valley Ranch Open Space, north of Boulder off Lefthand Canyon Drive; meet at group picnic shelter

What’s blooming? Who’s singing? Join volunteer naturalists on a leisurely 2-mile hike and celebrate the beginning of spring. Learn the importance of the sun at equinox in linking and timing these vibrant displays of new beginnings.

 

Spring Break Adventure: Virtual Meets Reality

Wednesday March 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Heil Valley Ranch Open Space, north of Boulder off Lefthand Canyon Drive

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.

 

Bears in our Backyard

Saturday March 26, 10-11:30 a.m.
Betasso Preserve

Join volunteer naturalists to explore how bears survive the winter and become active again in the spring. We’ll also learn how to live safely in bear country. Wear hiking shoes or boots if you wish to hike the trails before or after the program.

 

Hike for Seniors

Thursday March 31, 10 a.m.-noon
Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat (meet at the group picnic shelter at Cottonwood Marsh)

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 in advance if you plan to bring a group so we have enough naturalists at the program.

 

**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