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Check Out a Pass and Backpack at Colorado Libraries
Check Out a Pass and Backpack at Colorado Libraries



Free Eclipse Viewing Glasses at Participating Libraries & State Parks

Image courtesy of and Univ. of Colorado.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for libraries and their communities to work together to participate in a celestial event of this scope,” says Paul Dusenbery, eclipse Project Director at the NCIL Boulder public library.

Colorado libraries and parks that received glasses will provide them to community members while they last, and due to limited supplies, some will provide the glasses only to those that attend eclipse-related programs. 

Participating Colorado Libraries and State Parks:

​Visit the Colorado Virtual Library website​ for local library information, or the CPW Solar Eclipse page for a list of particpating state parks.

Note: It’s best to contact these libraries in advance to ask about availability.

Safety & Eclipse Viewing Information

Eclipse viewing glasses (or a pinhole projector) are required to safely view the eclipse. Read more on the 2017 Eclipse Viewing and Safety​ page.​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About the "Check Out State Parks" Program​

​This program is a partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, State Library, local library systems, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. It is meant to encourage Coloradans to visit our State Parks and experience all of the great outdoor recreation that this state has to offer. Libraries across the state are offering two "Check Out State Parks" passes, each for distribution with an activity backpack containing binoculars, brochures and other educational materials to library patrons.​​

Survey Says - Expand the Program!

​Based on the positive survey data from the participant evaluations, library staff and park managers, Colorado Parks & Wildlife is continuing the "Check Out State Parks" program another year. ​​It is also expanding the program to include most of the publicly funded college and university libraries. 

The library patron research, tabulated by the State Library and described in the in the info graphic, summarizes the positive stories and experiences the library patrons are enjoying while using the pass and backpacks. The research also supports the original goals of exposing new patrons to Colorado's 41 state parks and expanding library services offered.

​​​ Library backpack and pass

3 Easy Steps to Adventure

1. ​Use the pass to get into a state park for FREE
2. Use the backpack to explore a nearby state park  and see what you can learn. 
3. Share a ph​oto with #CheckOutColorado on Twitter or Insta​gram.

Hike or bike the multi-use trails, find wildlife in their natural surroundings, visit a nature center or bring a picnic. With a license or camping reservation, you can try fishing or camp out overnight.

To plan your trip, use the parks brochure​ or park finder​​.​​


2016 Hang Tag How to Use​​

  • The park pass is good for entry into any Colorado State Park for up to seven days.
  • The pass is ​a hang tag for the rear view mirror and must be visible in the library patron's car.​​
  • The pass does not give any discounts for camping, programs, licenses, etc.​​​
  • The backpack includes binoculars, a wildlife viewing guide, a tree and wildflower identification guide, a park brochure, suggested activities list and the Leave No Trace outdoor ethics principles.

​Participating Libraries

Visit your local library or check the Participating Libraries List to find a library near you.