Get out and celebrate Colorado! Colorado Parks and Wildlife and its partners are celebrating Colorado Public Lands Day on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The purpose of this holiday is to honor the significant contributions that national, state and local public lands within Colorado make to wildlife, outdoor recreation, the economy and to Coloradans' way of life. Free events, stewardship projects and outdoor adventures are being offered across the state to highlight the importance of our public lands.
Colorado was the first state in the nation to establish its own public lands day. In May 2016, the Colorado General Assembly passed a bill establishing the third Saturday in May as "Colorado Public Lands Day." The bill passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper. The inaugural event was celebrated on May 20, 2017.
CPW encourages all Coloradans to use this day to get outside and enjoy our unparalleled public lands. Our public lands lands are vital resources providing clean water, protection of wildlife habitat, and offer vast recreation opportunities. CPW is proud to be to be an active participant in this event and has planned a variety of programs and special events at many of our state parks. Please plan to join us for one of these scheduled activities or simply visit one of our 41 state parks and get outside on this special day!
A list of Colorado Parks and Wildlife events appears below.
Lathrop State Park: Kids to Parks Day Activity on Colorado Public Lands DaySaturday, May 19
The park naturalist will present a new activity called Ten Things at Lathrop State Park. Using a map, kids and their families will locate 10 different natural objects that can be found at the park, followed by a naturalist talk about their finds.
Roxborough State Park: Volunteer at the Garden on Colorado Public Lands DaySaturday, May 19
Join us for Public Lands Day. Help us beautify Roxborough's native garden on the patio in front of the Visitor Center. We will pull weeds and hand turn the dirt so that there is room for native plantings. Bring a plant from the list below and you can plant it yourself! Help us make Roxorough beautiful while celebrating your Public Lands Day!
The entrance fee is waived for volunteers. No pets allowed in the park.
Roxborough State Park: Volunteer at Roxborough, Mullein Pull on Colorado Public Lands DaySaturday, May 19
Roxborough urgently needs your help to wage the war on weeds. Work with trained crew leaders to pull, snip, and collect mullein, a noxious weeds that crowd out native plants and harms wildlife. All ages 13 and older can participate, 13-15 must be accompanied by an adult. Help maintain Roxborough's beauty while celebrating your Public Lands Day! Please carpool, we have limited parking.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park: Kids to Parks Day on Colorado Public Lands DaySaturday, May 19
Join us for the National Kids to Parks celebration! From 10am to 2pm we will have a variety of fun, family friendly activities to engage the kids with outdoor wonders!
Castlewood Canyon State Park: Colorado Public Lands DaySaturday, May 19
Colorado Public Lands Day
For additional partner events and an invitational video by Senator Kerry Donovan, see http://copubliclandsday.com/.
Governor Hickenlooper signing the proclamation making Colorado Public Lands day official.
2017 EVENT SUMMARY: There were 131 events across the state with approximately 2,000 participants. This included 10 breweries who participated by brewing limited release Colorado Public Lands Day (CoPLD) beers, dozens of state parks hosted events, the Governor spoke at the Epic Rides festival in Grand Junction, and the Colorado-based band Elephant Revival hosted numerous celebrations including a trail project, special set just for CoPLD participants, and provided Senator Bennett, and nonprofit organizations the opportunity to speak at their sold-out Red Rocks concert.
CPW scheduled multiple events at state parks and wildlife areas attracting nearly 1,000 participants despite challenging weather conditions necessitating the canceling of some of the events.