Come join us at the Moose Visitor Center where everything is about our claim to fame, the majestic moose! Learn about moose, their habitat, and how to observe them safely in the wild. The festival includes expert speakers, workshops, family activities, and more. Location: Moose Visitor Center, 56750 Highway 14, 1 mile east of Gould, CO. Park pass required.
The Greater Sandhill Crane is an iconic species of the Yampa Valley. In late summer and early fall, hundreds of cranes from the Rocky Mountain flock join the local birds to rest and feed before continuing their journey south. The festival includes daily crane viewings, expert speakers, live raptors, films, art exhibits, workshops, family activities and more. All community activities and events are free unless otherwise indicated in the program!
Registration for the Yampa Valley Crane Festival begins Saturday, July 1 at www.coloradocranes.org. Many events are free and do not require registration. Certain activities, including guided crane viewing shuttles and events with limited space, will require advance registration and a nominal fee. These events are noted in the schedule. Be sure to register early as we expect these events to fill quickly.
For more information, please call 970-276-1933 or write to ColoradoCranes@gmail.com. Schedule and other event details are available on the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition website.
Fly over to Barr Lake State Park to celebrate the fall bird migration, an experience worth sharing with others. Be entertained at this festive community event filled with food, fun, and lore—something for everyone. Plan for a day packed with free food and activities. The Fall Birding Festival is free, but a valid parks pass is required for each vehicle that enters the park.
For more information about the Fall Birding Festival, call Barr Lake Nature Center at 303-659-6005 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Meet at the Group Picnic Area (10am-3pm) to view the local historic group's displays and try square dancing! From there, embark on a treasure hunt to find the Reynold's Gang's gold! The treasure hunt meanders through the historic Cabin District and ends at the original Staunton Cabin (35min. hike). Folks dressed in historic garb will greet visitors with cowboy music and Johnny cakes with lemonade. Enjoy demonstrations such as a Mountain Man campsite, trapping and hunting, medicinal and edible plants, as well as games, crafts, and blacksmithing.
This family friendly and educational event is a one-day celebration of all things nature and harvest in Northern Colorado (NoCo).
Celebrate adventures in NoCo's big backyard with cooking and urban homesteading workshops, two butterfly releases, tastings of fresh produce, a marketplace full of local artisans and food producers, entertainment, kids' activities and food vendors.
A $2 per person suggested donation is appreciated. For more information, visit the Nature's Harvest Fest website.
Join the Audubon Society at the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield State Park for this annual one-of-a-kind family event about owls of Colorado! Visit with local wildlife organizations, explore hands on owl activities, and meet some of the owls of Colorado including the great horned owl, Eastern screech owl, burrowing owl, and more. Live owl demonstrations, live music, owl art display, face painting, owl booths, owl pellet dissection, owl crafts and food trucks. Register online with Audubon Society of Greater Denver.
Explore the wonderful world of birds in a beautiful place! See a live hawk and other birds of prey up close and view birds in the wild through spotting scopes and binoculars. Learn about migration, marshes and the role avian friends play in our lives. Enjoy art projects and a scavenger hunt.
The 1/3 mile walking path between the parking area and Greenlee Wildlife Preserve will feature several local organizations with great activities and displays to offer! This free, public event is suitable for all ages and will also feature an array of fine door prizes.
This program begins at the Waneka Lake East parking lot, where Emma St. ends at Caria Drive in Lafayette. For more information, contact Martin Ogle at Martin@EntrepreneurialEarth.com or 720-612-0506.
A two-day festival, as described on the event's website: "Elk Fest offers visitors a chance to view elk during the rutting season in the wild, as well as expand their knowledge of elk. Learn more about elk, their habitats, and how to observe them in the wild. Held in Bond Park, located in downtown Estes Park, Elk Fest will offer bugling competitions, educational areas, seminars, music by the Elktones, Mountain Man Rendezvous, Native American story telling and music, guided elk viewing tours, and vendors that offer art from oils and pastels, hand made elk-ivory jewelry, scrimshawed antler knives, elk antler lamps and chandeliers, elk hide pillows, silver and gold jewelry, and elk antlers." Find out more from the Estes Park Elk Fest website, including schedules and costs (for elk viewing tours), or write to the event organizers.
Hike: School Pond to Stoner MillSaturday, August 18
Visit School Pond where Red-winged Blackbirds are often found. Also watch for wildlife and flowers on Stoner Mill trail with Naturalist Nancy. Moderate 3.5 mile hike
Moose FestivalSaturday, August 18
The annual moose festival, come on out for moose talks, a scavenger hunt, a fly fishing class, games, guided hikes, moose biology, brats and burgers, great scenery, fresh air, and you might catch a glimpse of a moose!
Evening Eagle ExpressTuesday, August 21
Sit back and ride aboard the Eagle Express for a rare evening excursion on the entire Lake Perimeter Trail (conditions permitting)
Nature Walk & TalkFriday, August 24
Share your knowledge, experiences and enthusiasm with other Barr Lake visitors and volunteers as we discover and rediscover the park's hidden treasures.
Tiger Salamander HikeSunday, August 26
Join Naturalist Erin on a 1 mile hike to Lost Pond and study tiger salamanders. They are the State Amphibian of Colorado.
Full Moon Hike - Nocturnal Night LifeSunday, August 26
Explore Barr Lake at dusk! What are the howling, glowing, and fluttering creatures of the night at Barr Lake? Explore mysterious nightlife revealed during the rising of the full moon.
J.A.T.T. Bike RideFriday, September 7
"Just At Twilight Time" is a quiet time in the park and wildlife abounds. Explore the Barr Lake 9 mile trail at dusk by bike.
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Deer & Elk
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