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Sandhill cranes in flight.

​​​​​​​​​2016 5th Annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival

Thursday September 8 - Sunday September 11

The fifth annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival will be held September 8 – 11 in beautiful Steamboat Springs and Hayden, Colorado. It will include four days of mostly free events thanks to donations from people like you and our wonderful sponsors, partners, and volunteers.

The Bud Werner Memorial Library at 1289 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs, CO will once again serve as headquarters for the festival. 

Most events are free but some activities, including crane viewing shuttles and other events with limited space, will require advance registration and a nominal registration fee​. These events are noted in the schedule. Online registration for all activities will open at 8 a.m. MDT on July 1, 2016. There will be no refunds after August 15, 2016.

For more information, see the festival event schedule or or call the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition at (970) 276-1933.

Sandhill crane with chick. Photo by Nina Faust.Featured State Park Event

Birding by Pontoon Boat at Stagecoach State Park

Times: 9 – 9:45 a.m. / 10 – 10:45 a.m. / 11 – 11:45 a.m. / 12 – 12:45 p.m.

Advance registration and $15 non-refundable fee required. All vehicles entering the park are required to display a valid Colorado State Parks pass. (Daily pass available for $7 at park entrance.) ​

Enjoy a birding tour by boat along the shores of Stagecoach Reservoir. Although Sandhill Cranes may not be visible, plenty of other birds and wildlife should be. The tour will be led by a naturalist and all ages are welcome. Life jackets will be provided. Please bring drinking water, sun block and your camera and binoculars. 

For more information on the park and directions, see the Stagecoach State Park page.

Events

Chatfield Birdwalk
Saturday, August 27

Join naturalist & bird expert Joey Kellner in exploring various areas inside the park in search of feathered treasure. All ability levels are welcome. No sign-up necessary. Meet at the Platte River parking lot. No pets. Dress for the weather. Sunscreen and insect repellant as needed.

Habitats and Adaptations at Golden Gate Canyon
Friday, September 2

Join us and Nature's Educators to learn about animals and their adaptations they have to live in different habitats. Each animal has a job or "niche" in its habitat to help keep the ecosystem going. In this program, we will learn about various adaptations animals have to survive in their environments. A raptor, snake, lizard, amphibian, invert, and 1 other ambassador will visit to help demonstrate amazing adaptations for survival in various habitats!

Chatfield Birdwalk
Saturday, September 24

Join naturalist & bird expert Joey Kellner in exploring various areas inside the park in search of feathered treasure. All ability levels are welcome. No sign-up necessary. Meet at the Platte River parking lot. No pets. Dress for the weather. Sunscreen and insect repellant as needed.

Green Ranch Hike at Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Saturday, October 1

Join volunteer naturalist John Moyer for an exclusive tour of the Green Ranch property at Golden Gate Canyon State Park; an area that is closed to the public the majority of the year. John will share information on the flora, fauna, and history of the area while seeing the breath-taking views. Please RSVP.

Halloween at Highline Lake-Creepy Crawly Creatures and Hallween Movie
Friday, October 21

Come out to Highline Lake State Park for a weekend filled with Halloween Fun! Friday evening join us in the campground for a program on Creepy Crawly Creatures at 5:00 pm! Come learn about all the spooktacular animals of Halloween and why we really have nothing to be afraid of! This will be followed by a Halloween movie at 7:00 pm. There will be popcorn and hot apple cider provided!

Halloween at Highline Lake-Creepy Crawly Creatures and Hallween Movie
Friday, October 28

Come out to Highline Lake State Park for a weekend filled with Halloween Fun! Friday evening join us in the campground for a program on Creepy Crawly Creatures at 5:00 pm! Come learn about all the spooktacular animals of Halloween and why we really have nothing to be afraid of! This will be followed by a Halloween movie at 7:00 pm. There will be popcorn and hot apple cider provided!

Chatfield Birdwalk
Saturday, October 29

Join naturalist & bird expert Joey Kellner in exploring various areas inside the park in search of feathered treasure. All ability levels are welcome. No sign-up necessary. Meet at the Platte River parking lot. No pets. Dress for the weather. Sunscreen and insect repellant as needed.

Chatfield Birdwalk
Saturday, November 26

Join naturalist & bird expert Joey Kellner in exploring various areas inside the park in search of feathered treasure. All ability levels are welcome. No sign-up necessary. Meet at the Platte River parking lot. No pets. Dress for the weather. Sunscreen and insect repellant as needed.

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