Hikes & Events October 2015

Let’s Talk Goats

Saturday October 3, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Agricultural Heritage Center

Join 4-H participants and their goats for a drop-in program about goats. Why do people raise goats? Do goats really eat tin cans and tennis shoes? How do I get involved in 4-H with goats? Learn about raising goats, different breeds, and see a live milking demonstration.


Quaking Aspen Hike

Saturday October 3, 10 a.m.-noon

Mud Lake Open Space

Join volunteer naturalists on an easy 1.5 mile hike to learn about aspen—the most widely distributed tree in North America. We’ll discuss the natural history of aspen, including its importance to wildlife,response to fire, and threats to its health.


Oh Deer, Elk and Moose!

Saturday October 10, 9 a.m.-noon

Caribou Ranch Open Space

Join volunteer naturalists for a moderate three-mile hike to learn about the natural history, behavior, and ecology of the three members of the deer family that call Caribou Ranch home – mule deer, American elk, and moose.

Junior and Senior Fishing Derby

Sunday October 11, 9 a.m.-noon

Wally Toevs Pond at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat

Create a fishing dream team for the Junior and Senior Fishing Derby. This special event is for pairs of one senior and one junior, fishing together as a team. Seniors must be age 64 or older and juniors must be age 15 or younger. There will be prizes given to the senior and junior pair who catch the heaviest trout, have the largest age difference, and are first to catch the limit. Event takes place rain or shine! The pond is stocked with rainbow trout. Artificial and live bait are both permitted at Wally Toevs Pond.

Seniors must have a valid Colorado fishing license. For more information contact Michelle Bowie at 303-678-6219 or mbowie@bouldercounty.org.

Birding Boulder County Through the Seasons

Wednesday October 14, 6-7:30 p.m.

George Reynolds Branch Library

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


Geology of Rabbit Mountain

Saturday October 17, 9:30 a.m.-noon

Rabbit Mountain Open Space

Volunteer naturalists Dick Pratt and Roger Myers will lead a moderate 2-mile hike explaining the unusual geology of the area. We’ll also look for wildflowers, soaring raptors, and other wildlife. This program is geared to adults.

Visit the James F. Bailey Assay Office Museum

Saturday October 19, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

6352 Fourmile Canyon Drive, Boulder

The James F. Bailey Assay Office Museum, located in the historic town of Wall Street, helps tell the story of hard rock mining in this area. At the assay office, prospectors took their ore samples to find out whether or not they had “struck it rich.” The determination of the assayer could, and often did, make or break a prospector. The building at this site served as both an assay office and family residence, and the museum depicts both functions. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.


Let’s Talk Chickens

Saturday October 24, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Agricultural Heritage Center

Join volunteer Jessica Brunecky as she shares experiences from raising her own chickens. Learn why chickens have been popular as pets and livestock for centuries and how they are suited to your backyard. Bring your stories and questions.


Lions and Abert’s and Bears

Saturday October 24, 10 a.m.-noon

Bald Mountain Scenic Area

Join volunteer naturalists for a moderate one-mile hike to learn about critters that call Bald Mountain home including a handsome squirrel that lives only in ponderosa pine forests. Also see evidence of the 2010 Fourmile Canyon fire and learn about the natural role of fire in this ecosystem.


Story in the Rocks – Our Changing Landscape

Saturday October 31, 10 a.m.-noon

Heil Valley Ranch Open Space

Join volunteer naturalists for a 1.3-mile moderate hike to learn how this landscape has changed over time. The stories in the rocks span over 200 million years, from ancient sand dunes to tidal flats to riverbeds where dinosaurs roamed. The rocks also determine the landforms and ecology of the present landscape.


Nature Hike for Seniors

Thursday October 29, 10 a.m.-noon

Heil Valley Ranch 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.




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.


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