Celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day


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Celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day May 20

Celebrate Colorado Public Lands DayMay 20th has been set as Colorado Public Lands day! Take the time to Celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day at one of the events listed below. I want to thank the Colorado General Assembly for taking an important step to show how valuable our public lands are to all of us. Here is a bit from the official announcement.

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 purpose of this new holiday is to celebrate the significant contributions that national, state, and local public lands within Colorado make to wildlife, outdoor recreation, the economy, and to Coloradans’ quality of life.

Colorado is the first state in the nation to establish its own public lands day with the inaugural event being celebrated on May 20, 2017. This new state holiday is intended to encourage all Coloradans 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. Colorado Parks & Wildlife 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!

Events to Celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day

Steamboat Lake State Park, Tombstone Nature Trail Hike

Saturday, May 20

Tombstone Nature Trail Hike Come meet at the Tombstone Nature Trailhead for a guided wildflower hike and see the summer wildlife. Hike is around 1-mile. Trail may be muddy.

Arkansas River Cleanup/Greenup and Colorado Public Lands Day
Saturday, May 20

Warmer weather is around the corner and it’s time once again to think about “spring cleaning”. Calendars fill up quickly this time of year, so mark yours for the 26th Annual Arkansas River Cleanup/Greenup (CUGU) and Colorado Public Lands Day on Saturday, May 20th. AHRA will be seeking the help of volunteers of all ages, both individuals and groups to participate. Volunteers can register on Cleanup day between 8:30-9:30 am in either Buena Vista or Salida. Volunteers will receive official clean-up trash bags and a 2017 CUGU button, which is the ticket to our volunteer picnic at Riverside Park in Salida from noon-2:30 pm.

St Vrain State Park – Introduction to Archery
Saturday, May 20

Have you ever wanted to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow but just didn’t know how to get started? Come join us at St Vrain State Park and learn the basics of archery!

Roxborough State Park – Homestead Hike of the South Trails
Saturday, May 20

In celebration of National History and Archaeology Month, join Naturalist Betsy Healey, Kevin Schaal, and Mike Thomas for a short presentation on the events that led to homesteading in the Roxborough area and a fabulous hike to see 6 homesteads and learn of the life and times of the people who lived in them. The full hike is 7 miles but for those who want an abbreviated version, we will have turn around points to make a shorter roundtrip hike of 1.5 miles, 2.5 miles, or 4 miles. Bring water, lunch, and appropriate gear for weather. Reservation cut-off is May 13. Reservations are required. Meet at the visitor center. Call (303) 973-3959

State Forest State Park – Colorado Lands Day
Saturday, May 20

Celebrate public lands throughout the state at State Forest State Park for Colorado Lands Day! -Fishing with a Ranger -Getting your hands dirty with trail maintenance – Nature and Wildlife Talk -Wildlife viewing

Cherry Creek State Park – Colorado Public Lands Day
Saturday, May 20

Join us in celebrating Colorado’s public lands!

Barr Lake State Park – Saturday Guided Bird Walk
Saturday, May 20

Grab your binoculars and field guide, or check out a loaner set of ours, and enjoy an exciting morning of birding at Barr Lake.

Chatfield State Park – Colorado Public Lands Day – Nature Hike

Saturday, May 20

Take a morning walk with us as we adventure around the West side of Chatfield Park. We will be talking about some of the flora and fauna that emerge during the spring season! Meet at the Gravel Pond parking lot.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park – National Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 20

Join us at Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs, CO Saturday, May 20th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. as we celebrate Kids to Parks Day sponsored by the National Park Trust.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park – Colorado Public Lands Day Hike/ Clean Up
Saturday, May 20

This year marks the first annual Colorado Public Lands Day! A day to celebrate public lands that define our heritage, identity, and way of life in Colorado. Join Park Naturalist Pam on this family friendly guided hike of Horseshoe Trail. Watch for signs of spring in blooming trees, wildflowers and singing birds! We will also do some trail clean up to continue to keep the park beautiful. ​

Roxborough State Park – Rox Ride
Saturday, May 20

Take a naturalist guided tour in a five-passenger golf cart around the Fountain Valley trail. Reservations are required, donations are requested. Meet at the visitor center. Call (303) 973-3959 to register.

Eleven Mile State Park – Colorado Public Lands Day Hike
Saturday, May 20

Colorado is the first state in the nation to establish its own public lands day with the inaugural event being celebrated on May 20, 2017. The purpose of this new holiday is to celebrate the significant contributions that national, state, and local public lands within Colorado make to wildlife, outdoor recreation, the economy, and to Coloradans’ quality of life. Join park naturalist Charlene Barnes for a pleasant spring hike along the park’s interpretive trail. She will talk about some of the trails points of interest that will be passed along the way. Weather conditions permitting, the hike will be about a mile and a quarter in length. Dress appropriately for conditions and bring something to drink. The hike will probably be an hour to an hour and a half in length. Registration requested, but not required.

North Gateway Park, Lamar – Kid’s Free Fishing Event
Saturday, May 20

Free Fishing Event for Kids 15 years of age and younger.

Get the summer kicked off right and celebrate the first ever Colorado Public Lands Day with an evening of family fun, kid’s crafts & games, a wildlife program and nature hike.

Boyd Lake State Park – Campfire Nights: “Creatures of the Night”
Saturday, May 20

Families, children and individuals of all ages are invited to join a Colorado Parks & Wildlife Naturalist for a campfire talk and activity about creatures of the night. Make your own s’mores while learning about some of the nocturnal animals that live at Boyd Lake and what adaptations allow them to thrive in the darkness. After the talk, we will take a nature walk to hear what creatures come awake at night! Bring closed toed shoes for the nature walk, camp chairs, blankets, and water. No registration is required.

Find the full list of events here: http://cpw.state.co.us/Pages/COPublicLandsDay.aspx

Make sure to take time to appreciate and celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day. It is an amazing resource that we all take for granted. If you can’t make it to one of the events, celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day on your own!

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