Blowing Aspen Leaves by the Maroon Bells By Amy Gosch

Hikes & Events

Quaking Aspen Hike

Saturday October 1, 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.


Birding Through the Seasons

Wednesday October 5, 7-8:30 p.m.
Longmont Public Library

Join volunteer naturalists to learn about birding through the seasons. Explore where to find and how to identify some of our local and migratory birds, and be introduced to a range of ecosystems and habitats.


An Evening at the Museum: On the Road Again

Friday October 7, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Nederland Mining Museum

Share coffee and dessert with the mining museum coordinator and discover the adventures and stories behind the building of mining roads and scenic byways in the area.


Oh Deer, Elk and Moose!

Saturday October 8, 9 a.m.-noon
Caribou Ranch Open Space

Join volunteer naturalists for a moderate three-mile hike in the high country to learn about the natural history, behavior, and ecology of mule deer, American elk, and moose.


Ancient Beach Walk

Sunday October 9, 9-11:00 a.m.
Location given to registered participants

Visit an ancient beach in our backyard! Join geologist Sue Hirschfeld on an easy walk to see the fossils and unusual geologic features formed in this near-shore marine environment. Wear hiking shoes or boots. To register, email or call 303-678-6214 by Thursday, October 6.


Goats Galore–Meet and Greet

Sunday October 9, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Agricultural Heritage Center

Join the Goats Galore 4-H club and their goats for a drop-in program all 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, housing and feed requirements, and see a live milking demonstration.


Picnic in a Cemetery

Sunday October 9, 4-6 p.m.
Parks and Open Space Headquarters, 5201 St. Vrain Rd., Longmont

Experience cemeteries as gathering places. Learn about gravestones. What do the words and symbols say about people’s cultures and beliefs? We’ll conclude by visiting a cemetery; bring a sack dinner and put what you have learned to use. Registration is needed to arrange for parking. For more information, please email



Bears in Our Backyard

Saturday October 15, 10 a.m.-noon
Heil Valley Ranch Open Space

As fall approaches, black bears are busy gorging on berries and other food to prepare for their winter sleep. Join volunteer naturalists on a moderate one-mile hike to learn about our local bruin and how people and bears can share our wild places.


Visit the Assay Museum

Saturday October 15, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
6352 Fourmile Canyon Drive, Boulder

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.


Whoo Are the Owls

Tuesday October 18, 6-7:30 p.m.
Lafayette Public Library

Owls have been regarded with fascination throughout history. Over half of the owls recorded in the U.S. have been seen in Boulder County. Join volunteer naturalists to explore these creatures and learn about the adaptations that make them such expert hunters.


Junior and Senior Fishing Derby

Saturday October 22, 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 64 or older  and one junior 15 or older fishing together as a team. Prizes given to the team that catches the heaviest trout, has 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 or 303-678-6219.


Lions and Abert’s and Bears

Saturday October 22, 10 a.m.-noon
Betasso Preserve

Join volunteer naturalists for an easy one-mile hike to learn about critters that call Betasso Preserve home, including a squirrel that lives only in ponderosa pine forests. We will also learn how these animals prepare for winter.

Blacksmithing Demonstration at the Farm

Saturday October 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Agricultural Heritage Center

Watch blacksmiths forge new tools to be used at the Agricultural Heritage Center. Blacksmithing was a common trade that supported agriculture, mining, and construction in creating and repairing all things iron and steel. Stop by the for this drop-in program that is appropriate for all ages.


Sunset Photography Session

Saturday October 22, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Agricultural Heritage Center

Please join a sunset photography session at the Agricultural Heritage Center. Take advantage of the center staying open late so you can take some photos for the “2017 Land through the Lens Photography Exhibit.” Registration required.


Story in the Rocks – Our Changing Landscape

Saturday October 29, 10 a.m.-noon
Heil Valley Ranch Open Space

The geologic history of our landscape goes back over 1.7 billion years. Rocks contain a record of earth history that can be read like the pages in a book. Join geologist Sue Hirschfeld for this slide program and learn how to interpret the landscape that has developed over the last two billion years.


Hike for Seniors

Thursday October 27, 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, but please call 303-678-6214 in advance if you plan to bring a group so we have enough naturalists at the program.


Places to Visit

Agricultural Heritage Center

Open April 1 through October 31 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays with tours starting at 11 a.m.

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. Groups may make special arrangements for tours. Contact Jim Drew at 303-776-8688 for more information.


Nederland Mining Museum

Open June 3 – October 30
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
200 N. Bridge Street, Nederland

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.

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