June Hikes and Events

Civil War Fashions Made In Your Backyard

Tuesday, June 2, 6:30-8 p.m.
Boulder County Parks and Open Space Headquarters; 5201 St. Vrain Road, Longmont

What does it take to make authentic, wearable reproduction Civil War clothing using only technology that was available then? Learn from Ben Jenkins of Erie who makes period clothing for reenactments, movie and TV productions. This event is open to teens and older.

 

 

Wildflowers of Mud Lake Hike

Saturday, June 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Mud Lake Open Space; 2 miles north of Nederland on County Road 126; meet at parking lot kiosk

Join volunteer naturalists for an easy 1.5-mile hike through the montane forest 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 that call this area home.

 

 

Backcountry Hike at Heil Valley Ranch

Sunday, June 7; 4:30- 7:30 p.m.
Meeting location will be given to registered participants

Hike through the open country of the Red Hill Conservation area where sensitive plant species and wildlife habitat occur. The landscape is dominated by foothill shrub lands of mountain mahogany and open meadows. It also is a winter range habitat for elk and hunting grounds for golden eagles and coyotes. Dress for the weather and hiking off trail. Register here

 

 

Boulder County Sunset Hike

Monday, June 8, 6:30-sunset
Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat Area (Meet at the group picnic shelter at Cottonwood Marsh)

Boulder County Parks and Open Space offers weekly sunset hikes. Volunteer naturalists will interpret each park’s history, geology, ecosystems, wildlife, and plants. Bring your family and friends to enjoy an evening exploring your local parks. Hikes start at 6:30 and end at sunset. Sunset hikes are easy-moderate hiking and suitable for all ages.

 

 

I Spy Bones

Wednesday, June 10, 10-11 a.m.
Betasso Preserve; Boulder Canyon (Highway 119) to Sugarloaf Road; meet at group picnic shelter

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 preschool children and their families, and will include plenty of hands-on fun for all.

 

 

Walking Tour of Pella Crossing

Friday, June 11, 2-4 p.m.
Meeting location will be given to registered participants

Join a guided tour of Pella Crossing that is currently closed due to damage from the 2013 Flood. You’ll hike on the eastern side (east of 75th Street) of the property to see the flood’s impact on this beloved open space. Register here

 

 

Fun on the Farm

Friday, June 12, 9:30 a.m.-10 a.m. (This Little Pig)
Boulder County Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 Highway 66, between Lyons and Longmont

Do your young kids get excited about animals, tractors, and playing in the dirt?  These programs are designed for children ages 2 to 6 years old, with accompanying adult, to hear stories and take part in fun activities on a specific topic. Bring lunch or snacks to enjoy at the on-site picnic tables! Note: these topics can be provided for groups as well, but please call to arrange a separate time.

 

 

Junior Ranger Adventures Summer Challenge Kickoff

Saturday, June 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Heil Valley Ranch; North of Boulder off Lefthand Canyon Drive; meet at group picnic shelter 

Calling all Junior Rangers! Practice your junior ranger skills as you learn how to be prepared for all the surprises the great outdoors can throw your way. The kickoff event is perfect for kids aged 5-12, but all family members are welcome. A parent or guardian must be present. If you can’t attend this event, don’t worry — Junior Ranger Adventures continues all summer! Sign up for the summer challenge and earn points and badges by completing fun outdoor activities. Then, track your progress on our website. To learn more, visit www.bouldercountyopenspace.org/jr.

Registration is required. Register here

 

 

Fish Hawks of Boulder County

Saturday, June 13, 9-10:30 a.m.
Boulder County Fairgrounds, Cattail Pond, North Entrance off Boston Avenue, Longmont

What hawk-like bird has a white head, eats fish, spends the summer and nests in Boulder County? Osprey! Join volunteer naturalists to observe and learn about this 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. We will also keep our eyes out for other birds frequenting the area. Bring a bird field guide and binoculars if you have them.

 

 

Boulder County Sunset Hike

Tuesday, June 16, 6:30-sunset
Heil Valley Ranch; North of Boulder off Lefthand Canyon Drive; meet at group picnic shelter  (meet at the shelter near the Lichen Loop trailhead)                    

Boulder County Parks and Open Space offers weekly sunset hikes. Volunteer naturalists will interpret each park’s history, geology, ecosystems, wildlife, and plants. Bring your family and friends to enjoy an evening exploring your local parks. Sunset hikes are easy-moderate hiking and suitable for all ages.

 

 

Moon, Saturn, and Summer Skies

Friday, June 19, 8:45-11 p.m.
Beech Open Space (Neva Road and Hwy. 36); meet at the group picnic shelter (Note: weather backup date is June 20—call 720-526-9154 or 303-906-7391 for updates)

Enjoy the open space in the sky! Join Dave Sutherland (City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks) and Deborah Price (Boulder County Parks and Open Space) to explore our Moon, Saturn, and summer constellations, followed by sky-gazing with telescopes provided by the Longmont Astronomical Society.

 

 

Left Hand Outdoor Summer Challenge

Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Meeting location will be given to registered participants

Ever wonder what it takes to become a wildland firefighter?  Boulder County’s Left Hand Outdoor Challenge Program has partnered with the Boulder County Wildland Fire crew to put you through a wildfire challenge. You’ll be introduced to actual firefighters, learn about the tools they use, train like a firefighter, and complete an obstacle course using actual wildland firefighting equipment.  Please bring a lunch, lots of water and dress for the weather.  Be prepared to run, hike, and get a little wet! This is open to Boulder County area teens ages 14 to 18.  No parents please!

Register here

 

 

Celebrate Summer Hike at Mud Lake

Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m.-noon
Mud Lake Open Space; 2 miles north of Nederland on County Road 126; meet at parking lot kiosk

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.

 

 

Kids Gone Fishing Clinic

Saturday, June 20, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

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 who have never fished and those who want to learn more about fishing. Contact Michelle Bowie for more information.

Register here

 

 

Wildflowers of Boulder County Slide Program

Monday, June 22, 7-8:30 p.m.
Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce Street, Louisville

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

 

 

Night Hike

Tuesday, June 23, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Heil Valley Ranch (trailhead off Lefthand Canyon Drive)

Join Boulder County volunteer naturalists for an evening of under cover of darkness. We’ll hike about one mile roundtrip on an easy trail, enjoying the starlight, listening for night sounds, and learning about some of the nocturnal habits of the critters that live here. Bring water, closed-toe hiking shoes/boots, a flashlight, and your night vision.

 

 

Sunset Hike

Wednesday, June 24; 6:30 p.m. – sunset
Mud Lake Open Space; ; 2 miles north of Nederland on County Road 126; meet at parking lot kiosk

Boulder County Parks and Open Space offers weekly sunset hikes. Volunteer naturalists will interpret each park’s history, geology, ecosystems, wildlife, and plants. Bring your family and friends to enjoy an evening exploring your local parks. Hikes start at 6:30 and end at sunset. Sunset hikes are easy-moderate hiking and suitable for all ages.

 

 

Hike for Seniors

Thursday, June 25; 10 a.m.-noon
Betasso Preserve (meet at the group picnic shelter)

Boulder County Parks and Open Space hosts 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.

 

 

Artist’s Morning

Saturday, June 27, 9- 11:30 a.m.
Registration is limited; meeting location will be provided to registered participants

Meet a flower, interview a rock, discover three ways to see a tree. Join volunteer naturalist Ellen Orleans for a morning of outdoor, creative play. The program includes some moderate hiking (your choice), a full hour of on-your-own art or writing time, and the opportunity to share drawings, paintings, and stories. Bring your own writing and art supplies. This program offers ideas for outside creativity but not specific drawing or writing instruction. Recommended for adults and children 8 and above. Register by emailing lcolbenson@bouldercounty.org, or by calling 303-678-6214 by Thursday, June 25.

 

 

Geology Walk at Sandstone Ranch

Saturday, June 27, 10 a.m.-noon
Sandstone Ranch Open Space Visitor Center; south of Highway 119, one mile east of Weld County Road 1

Join volunteer naturalist Roger Myers to explore and learn about the geology of Sandstone Ranch and Boulder County. From a scenic overlook, we will observe and learn about this dramatic and diverse landscape, from the Great Plains to the Continental Divide. After a short and easy walk exploring geologic history, you can visit the historic Sandstone Ranch house to learn about some of the human history associated with this site.

 

 

Barnyard Critter Day

Sunday, June 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Boulder County Agricultural Heritage Center
8348 Highway 66, between Lyons and Longmont

Animals have always been part of our lives. Learn about the roles of chickens, pigs, horses and other farm animals. See demonstrations of sheep herding and more, 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.

 

 

Overland Fire Hike at Heil Valley Ranch

June 28, 9a.m. – noon
Heil Valley Ranch

It’s been over 11 years since the Overland fire swept thru the south end of Heil Ranch.  A lot of changes have occurred in the burn area: erosion from mud slides in 2004, aerial seeding to hold hillsides in place, invasive weed management and lots of emerging native grasses, forbs, and shrubs!  Be prepared to hike 3 miles on moderate-difficult terrain.  Good shoes or boots required. Helmets will be provided.

Register here

 

Museums

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
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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.

 

James F. Bailey Assay Office Museum

6352 Fourmile Canyon Drive, Boulder
April 1 – October 31 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 Wall Street 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.

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.

 

Dougherty Museum

8306 Hwy 287, one mile south of Longmont on the east side of U.S. 287.

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.

Hours of operation:
June 5 – August 30
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 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.

For more information please call 303-776-2520 or visit www.BoulderCounty.org/openspace/dougherty/index.htm

 

Nederland Mining Museum

Open June 1 – October 31
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.

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