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April 2018

Half Price Day Passes to the Aurora Reservoir

April 1 - April 30

There’s no “Off Season” at the Aurora Reservoir! Enjoy walking and biking the trails as well as fishing, archery, playgrounds, cookouts and nature viewing all year long. Celebrate spring with half-price day passes during the entire month of April – use the passcode #NoOffSeason at the entrance gate and get access to all the Aurora Reservoir has to offer for only $5 per vehicle.

Categories: Health, Wellness, Fitness, Nature and Outdoors
Website: www.auroragov.org/things_to_do/reservoirs/,

Wildlife Viewing Tours

April 14 - April 21

Saturdays 4/14 and 4/21. Naturalist lead bus tour through the refuge to view bald eagles, bison, coyotes, deer, raptors and more. Call for times. RSVP required.

Categories: Nature and Outdoors
Website: www.fws.gov/refuge/rocky_mountain_arsenal/,

Citizen Scientist Volunteer Training: Colorado Dragonfly Monitoring Project

April 21

Thanks to a new partnership with the Butterfly Pavilion of Westminster, our Sand Creek Greenway friends and volunteers are invited to participate as “citizen scientist” volunteers to measure the impact of climate change on migratory and resident dragonflies on our Sand Creek! Commitment: Attend a training session and then visit a designated section (0.5 to 1 mile) of the Greenway 6-12 times between May and October to measure the presence of dragonflies on our Sand Creek. Who can participate: People…

Categories: Nature and Outdoors, Volunteer Opportunities
Website: sandcreekgreenway.org/citizen-scientist-volunteer-opportunity-colorado-dragonfly-monitoring-project/,

Colorado Earth Day Celebration

April 21

Have plans for Earth Day? Join us on Saturday, April 21, at the state capitol in Denver! Colorado Earth Day will feature yoga, live music by the Broadcast, an opening ceremony by Four Winds Native American Council, a beer garden, children’s zone, and guest speakers including Olympic gold medalist and coach Justin Reiter, Tay Anderson and Colorado State Representative Joseph Salazar. Join thousands of motivated individuals looking to make a difference for the Earth! #5280EarthDay

Categories: Festivals and Special Events, Nature and Outdoors
Website: www.bit.ly/5280EarthDay, www.facebook.com/events/331884757298979/

Earthday Special/Sand Creek Volunteer Day on the Sand Creek Greenway/Sand Creek Park in Aurora

April 22

This special EarthDay volunteer day will take place from 9 am to noon at Sand Creek Park in Aurora. The Neighborhood Partners Environmental Team (NPET) will meet once a month on a Saturday (usually from 10 a.m. until noon). Volunteer activities include trash pick up, removing invasive species, planting native trees and shrubs, removing graffiti, and repairing the trail. We welcome all volunteers: individuals, families (children over five, please), retirees, students, groups. Please email Courtney at cgarwood@sandcreekgreenway.org for more information,…

Categories: Nature and Outdoors, Volunteer Opportunities
Website: sandcreekgreenway.org/calendar/,

Connecting the Creek: Walk2Connect Segment 1 Walk on Sand Creek Greenway/East Aurora to Star K Ranch

April 22

At 14 miles long, the Sand Creek Greenway moves in a northwesterly direction from Aurora to Commerce City. As wilderness in the city, the trail follows the Sand Creek through agricultural, suburban, and urban areas, passing through some of metro Denver’s best transit and growth history. Although mostly within just a 1/2 mile of the biggest roads and interstates in the area, you’ll always feel like you’re miles and miles away. You might even see deer, beavers, hawks, eagles, and…

Categories: Health, Wellness, Fitness, Nature and Outdoors
Website: walk2connect.com/connectingthecreek/,

Earth Day Stewardship Noxious Weed Knokout

April 22

9:30am-11:30am, all ages welcome to help Refuge staff remove noxious weeds. Wear closed toed shoes, long pants and bring water. Plan to weed for 1-1.5 hours.

Categories: Nature and Outdoors
Website: www.fws.gov/refuge/rocky_mountain_arsenal/,

2017 Fishing Season opens

April 22

Catch and release fishing is allowed at Lake Mary and Lake Ladora on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays sunrise to sunset. Wading allowed in Lake Ladora after Memorial Day. $3.00 refuge daily permit and Colorado State license for anglers 16 and older required. Artifcial bait and barbless hooks only.

Categories: Nature and Outdoors
Website: www.fws.gov/refuge/rocky_mountain_arsenal/,

Connecting the Creek: Walk2Connect Segment Walk on Sand Creek Greenway/Star K Ranch to Bluff Lake

April 28

Segment 2: Star K Ranch to Bluff Lake, 4/28, 9 am Join us for all segments or just one! Ranging from 3.5-4.5 miles each, these segments allow you to continuously walk the entire length of the Greenway this spring. We’ll walk at a pleasant 2-­3 mph, creating wonderful connection and conversation. All participants who complete all 4 segments by the last scheduled segment will receive a patch from the Sand Creek Greenway Partnership signifying the completion of the entire Sand…

Categories: Health, Wellness, Fitness, Nature and Outdoors
Website: walk2connect.com/connectingthecreek/,

Hike-N-Bird

April 28

1-3:30pm. Novice to expert birders, this hike explores woodland, wetland and prairie habitats. Must be comfortable hiking up to 3 miles. RSVP Required.

Categories: Nature and Outdoors
Website: www.fws.gov/refuge/rocky_mountain_arsenal/,

The Masked Bandit

April 28

10:00-10:45am. Naturalist lead program featuring the Refuge’s black footed ferret exhibit.

Categories: Nature and Outdoors
Website: www.fws.gov/refuge/rocky_mountain_arsenal/,

Kids Fishing Clinic

April 29

10am-12pm. Poles available, for ages 6-12.

Categories: Nature and Outdoors
Website: www.fws.gov/refuge/rocky_mountain_arsenal/,
May 2018

An Evening with John Fielder/Benefit for Sand Creek Greenway

May 4

Join Colorado’s landscape photographer and advocate for public lands, John Fielder as he shares his work to benefit Sand Creek Greenway’s nonprofit mission at the CUBE, 8371 Northfield in Denver. Cole Porter, George Gershwin and classical and Baroque music provided by the Aurora Symphony Woodwind Trio, plus book sales and signing, silent auction. Doors open 5:45, Music at 6, Fielder presentation at 7. Tickets $25, call 303-468-3263 for ticket and event information.

Categories: Charity Event, Nature and Outdoors
Website: sandcreekgreenway.org/may-4-an-evening-with-john-fielder-to-benefit-sand-creek-greenway/,

TUF Spring Clean-Up Day

May 5

The Urban Farm at Stapleton 10200 Smith Road Denver theurbanfarm.org 303.307.9332 9 am – noon. Looking for a place to volunteer this Spring? Join us as we beautify our Farm. Bring your friends, neighbors, gloves, water and get ready to clean-up your back yard as we welcome Spring at The Urban Farm at Stapleton. The animals and our visitors will love you for it.

Categories: Nature and Outdoors
Website: theurbanfarm.org/classses/,

Bald Eagle Discovery

May 5

Entice your mind with the discovery of these magnificent raptors that call Standley Lake home. Enjoy learning about their life and create treasured memories by possibly viewing them in the wild! All ages welcome. Dress appropriately. Bring sunscreen and water. All ages must register for this class. Park day entrance fee or pass required. Class is free! All ages. Class is limited to 20 spaces.

Categories: Nature and Outdoors
Website: prl-web.ci.westminster.co.us/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/search.html?module=AR&type=STLKP&SessionID=f3a5114d2c4f94d3fe2770d006fa0d4d727f4cc353f90450f2781e3033b8eadf11b3bfeb22eba8932f06d78572db8e9d349f3cec836433aef5a10197db60619f&_ga=2.188371496.1239626040.1519252212-920945114.1519252212,

Fishing Fun for Beginners

May 6

Cast off into this fun program intended to teach kids the basics of fishing! Learn many things like tying a hook, the anatomy of a fish, how to be an “ethical angler”, and most importantly, how to fish! Fishing poles and bait will be provided to children only. Adults must have a fishing license and their own fishing pole. Dress appropriately. Children must be accompanied by adults. Cost is $10 per person. Ages 8-12. Class is limited to 12 spaces.

Categories: Nature and Outdoors
Website: prl-web.ci.westminster.co.us/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/search.html?module=AR&type=STLKP&SessionID=f3a5114d2c4f94d3fe2770d006fa0d4d727f4cc353f90450f2781e3033b8eadf11b3bfeb22eba8932f06d78572db8e9d349f3cec836433aef5a10197db60619f&_ga=2.188371496.1239626040.1519252212-920945114.1519252212,

Connecting the Creek: Walk2Connect Segment 3 Walk on the Sand Creek Greenway/Bluff Lake through Stapleton

May 12

Walk2Connect walk on Sand Creek Greenway, Segment 3: Saturday, May 12, 9 am. Join us for all segments or just one! Ranging from 3.5-4.5 miles each, these segments allow you to continuously walk the entire length of the Greenway this spring. We’ll walk at a pleasant 2-­3 mph, creating wonderful connection and conversation. All participants who complete all 4 segments by the last scheduled segment will receive a patch from the Sand Creek Greenway Partnership signifying the completion of the…

Categories: Health, Wellness, Fitness, Nature and Outdoors
Website: walk2connect.com/connectingthecreek/,

Go Birding!

May 12

Go birding with Joe Lafleur, author of Better Birdwatching, to help you identify Standley’s birds by sight and sound! The walk features hands-on identification of migrant and breeding birds in a variety of habitats. Dress appropriately. Bring sunscreen and water. Class is $8. Ages 10 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Limited to 15 spaces.

Categories: Nature and Outdoors
Website: prl-web.ci.westminster.co.us/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/search.html?module=AR&type=STLKP&SessionID=f3a5114d2c4f94d3fe2770d006fa0d4d727f4cc353f90450f2781e3033b8eadf11b3bfeb22eba8932f06d78572db8e9d349f3cec836433aef5a10197db60619f&_ga=2.188371496.1239626040.1519252212-920945114.1519252212,

Bald Eagle Discovery

May 13

When you visit Standley Lake for our Bald Eagle Discovery program, prepare to discover the complex history of bald eagles, how these impressive raptors persevered and why Standley Lake is a perfect location for them to call home. On our nature walk, you might have the chance to see one of our eagles in their nest or hunting near the water! Class is free! All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by adults. Class is limited to 20…

Categories: Nature and Outdoors
Website: prl-web.ci.westminster.co.us/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/search.html?module=AR&type=STLKP&SessionID=f3a5114d2c4f94d3fe2770d006fa0d4d727f4cc353f90450f2781e3033b8eadf11b3bfeb22eba8932f06d78572db8e9d349f3cec836433aef5a10197db60619f&_ga=2.188371496.1239626040.1519252212-920945114.1519252212,

The Urban Farm Annual Plant Sale

May 16 - May 19

The Urban Farm 10200 Smith Road Denver. With the new Gompers Greenhouse we can expand our selection of vegetable plants for the garden. We will feature our usual expansive tomato selections of heirlooms, new varieties to try, varieties you have come to love, and old favorites. Tomatoes in every color from black to white Peppers hot and sweet; Basil sweet and spicy Eggplant heirlooms; and select vegetable transplants In addition to our usual offerings of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and basil,…

Categories: Food and Cooking, Nature and Outdoors
Website: www.theurbanfarm.org,
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