February Hikes and Events

Visit the Agricultural Heritage Center

Saturday February 6, 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.

 

Signs of Life – Wildlife in Winter Hike

Saturday February 6, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Caribou Ranch Open Space

Join volunteer naturalists for a hike in the high country to look for signs of wildlife activity, including tracks, scat, feathers, fur, and browse marks on trees. We will also learn about the many ways that wildlife survives winter in the Rocky Mountains. Ski or hiking poles are recommended due to possible icy trail conditions.

 

Birds of Prey Slide Show

Monday February 8, 6-7:30 p.m.
George Reynolds Branch Library, 3595 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder

Learn how to recognize birds of prey, or raptors — hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls — in the winter skies above Boulder County. During this slide presentation, you’ll observe and learn how to distinguish between different raptors by identifying common field marks. You will also learn about the habitat requirements, behavior, and ecology of these magnificent birds.

 

Trickster Tales

Sunday February 14, 10 a.m.-noon
Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm (meet at the Stearns Lake Trailhead)

Coyotes live throughout most of North America and coyote tales are found in many native cultures. Join volunteer naturalists for a moderate 2-mile hike to learn more about this clever, adaptable character.

 

The Crusty Rocks of Rabbit Mountain

Saturday February 20, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Rabbit Mountain Open Space

Join volunteer naturalists Megan Bowes, Roger Myers, and Linda Boley for a moderate 2-mile hike to discover the geology and lichens of Rabbit Mountain. We’ll learn about the unique location and orientation of the rock layers, as well as what lichens are made of and how the sandstone and other erosion-resistant rocks support their growth.

 

Nature Hike for Seniors

Thursday February 25, 10 a.m. -noon
Hall Ranch Open Space (meet at the group picnic shelter near the upper parking lot)

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 303-678-6214 in advance if you plan to bring a group so we have enough naturalists at the program.

 

Junior Ranger Adventures

Saturday February 27, 11am-1:00pm
Mud Lake Open Space

Calling all snow-loving kids! Blizzards, snow drifts, frozen lakes and icy trails are all part of the wintertime outdoor experience. Boulder County Parks and Open Space rangers want to help you be safe and prepared for all the adventures the cold weather can bring. Your winter adventure day will include ice safety, building a snow shelter, and learning winter survival skills. After you complete the outdoor challenges, you will receive the title of Junior Ranger and enjoy s’mores over a warm campfire! Junior Ranger Adventures is perfect for kids aged 6 – 12, but all family members are welcome. A parent or guardian must be present. If you have questions, contact Ranger Erin Hartnett at 720-352-7041 or ehartnett@bouldercounty.org.

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