September 2015 Hikes and Events hosted by Boulder County Parks and Open Space

Horseback Ride at Caribou Ranch

Saturday, September 5, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Meeting location will be given to registered participants

Join two park rangers for a scenic ride through Mud Lake and Caribou Ranch open space properties. Please be sure your horse is well mannered and comfortable riding on multi-use trails with other horses. Horses should be up to date on all vaccines. Register here.

 

 

Bears in Our Backyard

Saturday, September 5, 10 a.m.-noon

Mud Lake Open Space, 2 miles north of Nederland on County Road 126, meet at parking lot kiosk

As fall approaches, Boulder County’s 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 the natural history of our local bruin and how people and bears can share our wild places.

 

Nature Detectives in the Field: Jumping Grasshoppers!

Tuesday, September 8, 10-11 a.m.

Betasso Preserve, Boulder Canyon (Highway 119) to Sugarloaf Road, follow signs to Betasso Preserve, meet at group picnic shelter

There are over 70 species of grasshoppers along the Front Range! These jumping insects have fascinating characteristics and remarkable abilities. Young children ages 3-7 and their parents/guardians will enjoy activities and exploration at this interactive program. Younger and older siblings are welcome, but the program is geared to ages 3-7.

 

Parks and Open Space 40th Anniversary Bus Tour: Northern Boulder County

Wednesday September 9, 4-8 p.m.

This tour departs from the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont.

Join us on a special bus tour to visit various open space properties as we mark forty years of preserving, cultivating & recreating on open space lands in Boulder County. On this tour we will visit the Agricultural Heritage Center, Rabbit Mountain and Picture Rock Trailhead. Along the way our tour will highlight many county-owned farms and ranches as well as flood recovery sites.

There is a five dollar registration fee for this tour. Register here.

 

Fun on the Farm—The Chicken and The Egg

Friday, September 11, 9:30–10:30 a.m.

Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 Ute Highway, Longmont

No matter which came first, chickens and eggs are fun to learn about. Children ages 2-6 with parents/guardians will hear stories, take part in activities, and visit live chickens. Afterwards, take time to explore the farm and bring a lunch or snack to enjoy.

 

 

Rattlesnake Hike

Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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

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 western rattlesnake, including habitat, ecology, behavior, and how to be safe in rattlesnake country.

 

Foraging on the Farm

Saturday, September 12, 4–5 p.m.

Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 Ute Highway, Longmont

The Agricultural Heritage Center is home to many uncultivated, forageable plants that can be both tasty and nutritious. Come join us on a walk around the farm and learn how to identify these plants in your own backyard and discover interesting ways to incorporate them into meals at home.

 

 

On the Trail of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday, September 15, 6:30-8 p.m.

Parks and Open Space Headquarters, 5201 St. Vrain Road, Longmont

Hitch up your wagon and follow the true trail of America’s favorite pioneer girl, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Connie Ryle Neumann will be your guide for an interactive journey through the classic Little House on the Prairie books. Best for adults and families with school-aged children. Wear your best pioneer duds for fun!

 

 

I Spy Critter Clues

Wednesday, September 16, 10-11 a.m.

Heil Valley Ranch Open Space, North of Boulder off Lefthand Canyon Drive, meet at group picnic shelter

The nature detectives are on the prowl! Help volunteer naturalists search for evidence of who lives in the woods. We’ll look for tracks, scat, nests, bones, and antlers of some of the animals that live here. This program is geared toward preschool children, but siblings are welcome.

 

 

Grassland to Glacier Hike

Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m.-noon

Mud Lake Open Space, 2 miles north of Nederland on County Road 126, meet at parking lot kiosk

Boulder County is a dramatic landscape, rising from the Great Plains to the Continental Divide and supporting a diversity of biological life zones. Join volunteer naturalists on an easy one-mile hike to celebrate fall and explore the montane life zone where you will learn how different plants and animals have adapted to this mountain landscape.

 

 

Heil Valley Ranch Mountain Bike Ride

Friday, September 18, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Meeting location will be given to registered participants

Join Ranger Denny Morris for a 7.5 mile ride in the foothills. Learn about forestry management, fire ecology, and the natural history of the area. You must bring your own bike. Register here.

 

Parks and Open Space 40th Anniversary Bus Tour: Central and Western Boulder County

Saturday September 19, 1-5 p.m.

This tour departs from the Boulder County Justice Center parking lot in Boulder.

Join us on a special bus tour to visit various open space properties as we mark forty years of preserving, cultivating & recreating on open space lands in Boulder County. On this tour we will visit Caribou Ranch and Reynolds Ranch. Along the way our route will highlight other mining sites as well as flood restoration work and environmental restoration projects.

There is a five dollar registration fee for this tour. Register here.

 

Play Ball! Vintage Baseball Clinic

Saturday, September 19, 5-7 p.m.

Walker Ranch Homestead, 8999 Flagstaff Mountain Road, Boulder

Join the Walker Ranch Boys’ practice for the big game. This will be a fun baseball skills clinic and practice game for all ages and genders. In the 19th century, ballists (players) didn’t use baseball gloves, but feel free to bring yours.
Register at www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org/register
Contact Craig Sommers at csommers@bouldercounty.org for more information. Youth under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Register here.

 

Visit the James F. Bailey Assay Office Museum

6352 Fourmile Canyon Drive, Boulder
Saturday September 19, museum is open from  10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Third Saturday of each month

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.

 

 

Parks and Open Space 40th Anniversary Bus Tour: Southern Boulder County

Thursday September 22, 3-7 p.m.

This tour departs from the Louisville Sports Complex in Louisville.

Join us on a special bus tour to visit various open space properties as we mark forty years of preserving, cultivating & recreating on open space lands in Boulder County. On this tour we will visit Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm, Harney-Lastoka, and Mayhoffer Singletree Trail.

There is a five dollar registration fee for this tour. Register here.

 

 

Story in the Rocks—The Geologic History of Boulder County

Wednesday, September 23, 6-7:30 p.m.

Lafayette Public Library, 775 west Baseline Road, Lafayette

The geologic history of Boulder County’s remarkable landscape goes back nearly two billion years! Rocks contain a record of earth’s history that can be read like the pages in a book. Join geologist and volunteer naturalist Roger Myers for this slide program and learn how to read the story in the rocks in your backyard.

 

 

Nature Hike for Seniors

Thursday September 24, 10 am.-noon

Mud Lake Open Space

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

 

 

Geology and Landforms of Hall Ranch

Saturday, September 26, 9:30 a.m.-noon

Hall Ranch Open Space, one mile west of Lyons on Highway 7, meet at the group picnic shelter near the upper parking lot

Join volunteer naturalists Dick Pratt and Roger Myers to learn about the dramatic geology and landscape of Hall Ranch. This moderately strenuous 2-mile hike (roundtrip) will cover igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks that span over 1.7 billion years of geologic history. This hike is geared to adults.

 

 

Watch the Moon Disappear

Sunday, September 27, 7-11:30 p.m.

Beech Open Space Shelter, Neva Road and Highway 36 north of Boulder

Join us to see a full lunar eclipse (weather permitting) in our own backyard. See live demonstrations and view the eclipse through telescopes provided by the Longmont Astronomical Society. For questions or weather updates, call Deborah Price at 720-526-9154 or Dave Sutherland at 303-906-7391.

 

 

Museums

Visit the Agricultural Heritage Center

8348 Ute Highway 66 west of Longmont

Open to the public April 1 through October 31 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with tours starting at 11 a.m.; Groups may make special arrangements for tours.

Learn about the rich agricultural history of Boulder County. This site gives special focus to the years 1900 to 1925 when local families prospered as farmers and witnessed the coming of the Modern Age. The farm includes two barns, an outhouse, a milk house, a blacksmith shop, and a 1909 farmhouse furnished with items from the 1910s. There are also animals on site seasonally including chickens, pigs, and others.

We will continue to open the site on the first Saturday of each month November through March.

For more information, contact Jim Drew at 303-776-8688 or jdrew@bouldercounty.org.

 

 

Visit the James F. Bailey Assay Office Museum

6352 Fourmile Canyon Drive, Boulder

Saturday September 19, museum is open from  10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Third Saturday of each month

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.