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2018 5th Annual Tree Diversity Conference

 

To protect our urban forests, which are threatened by pests and pathogens, a greater variety of tree species is necessary.

 

For our fith annual conference we will continue to explore the relationships between landscape design, horticultural practices and the use of a greater variety of tree species.

 

Between them, our speakers this year boast an extravagant depth of experience ranging from worldwide plant exploration to landscape and garden design, promotion of new plant materials, administration of some of our country's most noted horticultural conferences and institutions and hands-on experience with plant testing and data collection.

 

Public $75, includes all programming and lunch

$60 Promo, includes all programming and lunch

*Promotional price available to all Members of Colorado Tree Coalition

 

Symposium will be held at Denver Botanic Gardens in Mitchell Hall.

 

Small Ornamental Trees: Versatile Plants for Difficult Locations

During this lecture, learn about the diversity of small ornamental landscape trees great for difficult growing conditions. Some varieties have been known to the nursery and landscape industry for years, but many others are new and interesting species and cultivars. As part of his talk, Andrew Bunting describes Chicagoland Grows, a collaboration between Chicago Botanic Garden, the Morton Arboretum and the Chicago area green industry whose objective is to trial and introduce promising new tree species and cultivars.

 

Andrew Bunting is Assistant Director of the Garden and Director of Plant Collections at the Chicago Botanic Garden. For 26 years he was Curator at the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College. From 1991-1992 he was curator at Chanticleer in Wayne, Pennsylvania. For several years he has been involved with the NAPCC (North American Plant Collections Consortium) where he has served as Chair, Vice Chair, Reviewer, Chair of the Magnolia Group and now is the Liaison for Multi-institution Collections, i. e., Quercus, Acer, Magnolia, and cycads. Andrew is the past president of the Magnolia Society International and The Delaware Center for Horticulture. He is has also served as Chair of Horticulture for the Philadelphia Flower Show; served on the Woody Plant Conference Committee for 16 years; and has done committee work for Bartram’s Garden, Tyler Arboretum and Awbury Arboretum. He has published over 100 articles in American Gardener, Arnoldia, The Hybrid, Fine Gardening, The Magnolia Society Journal, Green Scene and Organic Gardening. He has lectured extensively in the United States as well as England, Belgium, Poland and New Zealand. Andrew has participated in plant expeditions to China, Taiwan, Vietnam and is planning expeditions to The Republic of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Japan and South Africa in 2018. Andrew is the recipient of American Public Gardens Association Professional Citation and received the Chanticleer Scholarship in Professional Development in 2010. His home garden in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, Belvidere, has been featured in This Old House Magazine and in the Wall Street Journal. Andrew published his first book in 2015 by Timber Press, The Plant Lover’s Guide to Magnolias.

 

 

 

24 Years of Tree Growth in Westminster, Colorado

The Colorado State Forest Service, along with City of Westminster Forestry Staff, recently remeasured trees as part of a 24-year diameter growth rate study and updated the report initially published in 2000. The report characterized the long-term growth of 19 common urban tree species grown on publicly maintained land in Westminster for 1992-2016. The average trunk-diameter growth rates of the nearly 1,500 studied trees can be used by homeowners, landscape architects, designers/installers and tree care professionals to select trees for planting that will most quickly provide shade, aesthetics and other benefits after planting.

 

Keith Wood graduated with a degree in Forest Biology from Colorado State University in 1986 and went on to study aspen ecology on the West Slope of Colorado, receiving his Master's degree in 1988. Keith worked as an Assistant Resource Forester for the Missouri Department of Conservation from 1988-1989 and from 1989 to 2002 worked as City Forester for the City of Westminster, Colorado. Keith also taught Arboriculture at Front Range Community College while City Forester in Westminster. Since 2002 Keith has filled the position of Community Forester with the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS), and is currently the Community Forestry Program Manager in the Communications and Communities Division at CSFS and the Executive Administrator of the Colorado Tree Coalition. Keith also teaches an Urban & Community Forestry course at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Keith has been a Certified Arborist since 1995 and a Certified Forester since 2002.

 

 

Observations of Trees, Climate trends, and Industry Support through the Lens of an Eastern Arboretum

Arboreta provide valuable information for the local green industry and the public at large. This lecture examines the interdependence between Kentucky's Boone County Arboretum and the green industry in the Greater Cincinnati Metro area. Learn how the Arboretum enriches the professional development of the green industry and the various ways they support each other. Climate change has been an important focus of the information flow between arboreta and the green industry as a whole. Learn about arboricultural changes at Boone County and other arboreta and botanical gardens in the Ohio Valley region. Lastly, learn about some failures and successes with trees at the Boone County Arboretum to see whether there are some recommendations that might translate to the potential plant palette of the greater Denver area.

 

Kristopher Stone, growing up less than 30 minutes from Kentucky's renowned Bernheim Arboretum, was inspired to obtain a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Kentucky. Currently, Kris is Director of Boone County Arboretum and has been with the facility since January of 2002. Kris is highly active in community organizations in the Greater Cincinnati region, building community awareness and networking for the Arboretum. He serves as past President of the Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council, Advisory member of Boone County Urban Forest Commission, past President and Board member of the Kentucky Invasive Plant Council, and is an ex-officio board member of Friends of Boone County Arboretum. Kris serves on the steering committee of the Theodore Klein Plant Award Selection Committee, and the Kentucky Urban Forestry Council, ensuring Arboretum support of these efforts. He also serves on various other ad hoc committees for community and state organizations when time allows. Kris is a writer for Kentucky Gardener Magazine where he contributes monthly as the Ask the Expert columnist. As Director of the Arboretum Kris provides leadership for staff in the areas of policy-making, development, budget management, funding, planning, organizing of operations, and staffing for facility needs. With a staff of only 3 full-time personnel and 6 seasonal college interns taking care of and managing a 121-acre facility, everyone wears each other's hats!

 

 

 

 

Ten Trees that should be Used More in the Rocky Mountain Region

During this lecture, David Temple shares his list of high performing Rocky Mountain Region trees species and cultivars that thrive in the challenging soil and climate conditions found not only in southwestern Colorado but also in many parts of the Front Range. As a bonus, Temple shares Colorado horticultural history pertaining to two legendary figures: George Kelly – one of the founders of Denver Botanic Gardens, its predecessor the Colorado Forestry and Horticulture Association and Arapahoe Acres Nursery and Earl Sinnamon – President of Denver's Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care company from 1955 to 1980.

 

David Temple since 2002 has been the proprietor of Trees of Trail Canyon, located in McElmo Canyon near Cortez, Colorado. David's nursery is perhaps best known as a supplier of large caliper trees to landscape architects, contractors and municipalities. David first became involved in the green industry in 1978 by founding Animas Valley Arborist, a tree care and landscaping firm based in Durango, Colorado. David has been a member of the International Society of Arboriculture for 37 years, a board-certified master arborist for seven years, and is a past-President of the ALCC (Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado).

 

 

 

 

All Natural Skin Care

See how easy and inexpensive it is to make natural cleansers, toners, exfoliants, masks, creams, serums, moisturizers and more that contain far more nutrients and anti-oxidants for your skin than anything commercially available without chemicals! You'll learn how to blend natural ingredients and nutrients to address any skin issue specific to your wants and needs. Take home an extensive handout and two items made in class to enjoy!

Instructor: Kim Cherie, owner of K. CHERIE Botanical Spa Retreat

Price: $68, $63 member, includes $35 for materials

Amazing Vegetables A to Z: Extended Gardening

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

Session 3: Extended Gardening

Keeping the Garden going for 3 seasons and beyond is the theme of this session. We will cover the importance of Crop Rotation and how to do it. We will learn different ways to succession plant and how it can maximize the harvest. We will address season extension strategies to protect your crops. We will also cover the concept of companion planting and what is true and what is not.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $35, $30 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Amazing Vegetables A to Z: Pests, Problems, & Harvesting

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

Session 4: Pests, Problems, & Harvesting

The most common pests and diseases of the vegetable garden will be addressed, how to spot problems before they get away from you and good cultural practices to avoid problems, organics, watering, fertilizing and insect and disease controls. We will also discuss how to know when your veggies are ready for harvest.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $35, $30 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Amazing Vegetables A to Z: Planting

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

Session 2: Planting

Planting is the focus of this session. How to decide what to plan, the seasons of the vegetable garden and getting the biggest bang for your gardening buck. We will cover cool season and warm season plants and the ones that grow best here in Colorado. Then take a look at seed starting and see a demonstration of starting seeds inside and direct sowing outside as well as transplanting. Then we will cover spacing strategies designed to give you the biggest harvest for the space you have available.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $35, $30 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Amazing Vegetables A to Z: The Garden Build

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

 

Session 1: Raised Beds

Planning the best location, choosing in ground or raised beds and the advantages and disadvantages of each. We will look at re-purposing materials to create raised beds. We will cover soil building and choosing amendments. We will build around what has not worked for you in the past and set you on a course for improvement for your 2017 vegetable garden. Every season is a Do-Over!

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $35, $30 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Art of Smartphone Photography

 

This is the class for anyone who uses their smartphone camera to create photographs. Whether you’re new to photography or a seasoned pro, there’s more to learn about leveraging this accessible digital technology. You’ll gain insight into the photography skills necessary to make the most out of your images - from shooting to editing. Next, you will also learn the various platforms to share and print your images, and how to keep all of your precious memories safe. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android, join us for a fun-filled class!

 

Price: $29, $24 member

 

Instructor: Jeanette Galie Burkle is a commercial and editorial photographer with extensive experience in teaching, lecturing, and consulting. Since 2003, Jeanette has successfully owned and managed Galie Photography, while designing and delivering seminars on a wide range of photography topics. An award winning-photographer, Jeanette combines an engineering background with a strong artistic sense. With the belief that photography is part art and part science, she strives to use her unique background to produce art that is infused with a creative vision and improved by knowledge of the underlying scientific principles of photography. She has worked with many corporate clients including ExxonMobil, George Mason University, American Red Cross, John Marshall Bank, AmeriChoice, Medtronic, Harris Corporation, and Long & Foster Realty. Jeanette’s work has been honored through the Virginia Professional Photographers Association with such recognition as the highly distinguished Fuji Masterpiece Award and the Kodak Gallery Award.

Jeanette has been teaching photography since 2005. Her students respond well to her fun, upbeat classes, and Jeanette loves to see this passion be reflected in her students’ increased confidence as photographers.

 

Beginning Bonsai

Are you mystified by the many centuries old Japanese tradition of bonsai? Join us for an entertaining and informative class with nationally recognized bonsai masters Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel as they debunk the myths, fictions and misconceptions surrounding this living art form. Each participant receives a tree, ceramic pot, wire, soil and gravel in this hands-on experience of creating a finished bonsai, which you can home.

 

** this class sells out very quickly, class size is very small for hands on instruction and attention from instructors, please register early

 

Instructors: Harold Sasaki and Larry Jackel

Price: $105, $95 member, $30 materials fee included

Special Instructions: There will be a break for lunch, please bring lunch or there is a cafe onsite for you to purchase lunch.

Beginning Farmers Elective: Growing for Market

Beginning Farmers Elective Course

 

*This class is part of the Beginning Farmers Certificate program co-organized by DBG and CSU Extension, and is open to the general public.

 

Optional social hour 5:30 - 6pm

 

Are you interested in growing and selling vegetables but don’t know where to start? Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Extension have partnered to develop a certificate program that will introduce you to the ins and outs of becoming a successful market farmer on five acres or less.

In this workshop. learn how Vegetables are sold in a variety of ways including CSA’s, grocery stores and direst to restaurants. Hear from purchasers and market managers about the best ways to prepare vegetables for their audiences.

 

Instructor: Brien Darby & Dan Goldhamer

Price: $40, $35 member

Beginning Farmers Elective: Season Extension

 

Beginning Farmers Elective Course

 

*This class is part of the Beginning Farmers Certificate program co-organized by DBG and CSU Extension, and is open to the general public.

 

Optional social hour 5:30 - 6pm

 

Are you interested in growing and selling vegetables but don t know where to start? Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Extension have partnered to develop a certificate program that will introduce you to the ins and outs of becoming a successful market farmer on five acres or less.  

 

In this lecture, you will learn how to extend your harvest to all four seasons. Learn how to build appropriate season extension structures and schedule your crops to keep the harvest going.

 

Instructor: Brien Darby & Dan Goldhamer

Price: $40, $35 member

 

Beginning Farmers Elective: Seed Saving

Beginning Farmers Elective Course

 

*This class is part of the Beginning Farmers Certificate program co-organized by DBG and CSU Extension, and is open to the general public.

 

Optional social hour 5:30 - 6pm

 

Are you interested in growing and selling vegetables but don’t know where to start? Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Extension have partnered to develop a certificate program that will introduce you to the ins and outs of becoming a successful market farmer on five acres or less.

 

In this Seed Saving workshop, learn how to select seeds and cultivate your garden to ensure the best quality seeds at the end of the season. Seed saving techniques differ by crop; tips will be provided for collecting and cleaning a variety of vegetables.

 

Instructor: Brien Darby & Dan Goldhamer

Price: $40, $35 member

Beginning Farmers Elective: Small Fruits and Orchard Crops

Beginning Farmers Elective Course

 

*This class is part of the Beginning Farmers Certificate program co-organized by DBG and CSU Extension, and is open to the general public.

 

Optional social hour 5:30 - 6pm

 

Are you interested in growing and selling vegetables but don’t know where to start? Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Extension have partnered to develop a certificate program that will introduce you to the ins and outs of becoming a successful market farmer on five acres or less.

 

In this Small Fruits and Orchard Crops workshop, learn how to select and cultivate the best fruit crops for the Colorado Front Range.

 

Instructor: Brien Darby & Dan Goldhamer

Price: $40, $35 member

 

Beginning Rocky Mountain Gardening

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This course is designed for the Front Range gardener beginner. The basics of what is needed to adjust gardening skills from other climates to the Front Range’s finicky climate are covered. If you have never gardened here before or are looking for more success, this is the class for you! Learn the skills necessary to become an enthusiastic gardener. Annuals, perennials and vegetables are discussed, along with trees and shrubs that thrive in our climate, elevation and varying soils. Plant selection, planting and troubleshooting is discussed.

Subsequent weeks focus on the elements, water needs, fertilizers and organic gardening.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $90, $80 members

Special Instruction: Please bring a glass jar of soil to class. (Must be see through glass jar to study layers of your own backyard native soil)

 

Best Roses For Your Garden, New and Overlooked!

Which rose varieties should you grow in your garden? Canadian hardies? Species? Let Dave Ingram of the Denver Rose Society guide you through the palette of choices. You’ll learn the difference between a species and a hybrid tea, and when to pick one over the other. Which climbers do well here, and why? We’ll focus on varieties that thrive along the front range and in the foothills, tempt you with the newest introductions, and share key advice on plant selection and best planting techniques.

Instructor: David Ingram

Price: $31, $26 members

Bilingual Yoga

 

BILINGUAL VINYASA LEVEL 1/2

Vinyasa is a flowing, dynamic yoga practice that cultivates presence by connecting movement with breath. Level 1-2 Vinyasa classes define and align the key components of traditional and modern vinyasa practice. Beneficial for all practitioners, these classes teach important foundations while leaving space for more advanced practitioners to play.

 

VINYASA BILINGÜE - NIVEL INTERMEDIO

Vinyasa es una práctica de yoga fluido, dinámico que cultiva presencia mediante la conexión de movimiento con la respiración. Clases de Vinyasa etiquetados niveles "1-2" definen y alinean los componentes claves de la práctica tradicional y moderna llamada Vinyasa. Beneficioso para todo los estudiantes, estas clases enseñan fundamentos importantes, a la misma vez dejando espacio para los practicantes más avanzados para jugar y divertirse.

 

What can you expect in Bilingual Vinyasa 1-2?

 

Poses are cued in traditional Sanskrit, so independently of your native language, there is a common language and union through the practice of yoga. We will move and breath as one in community, mat to mat with others that may not speak the same language we do, but that equally shares the love for wellness! All while cultivating compassion, understanding and respect of ourselves and others.

Honoring the classic structure of a vinyasa style class, we moving in a symmetrical way, the right side is the first to move, thus all setting and refining cues are provided on the right side in English, by the time we transition to the left side, which happens to always be the second side to move, we also transition to a different language: Spanish, all cues remain the exact same on both languages.

Instructor: In addition to being a multilingual yoga instructor, Noemi Nunez has been an immigration attorney, competitive gymnast, and environmental activist. During her yoga instruction, she incorporates alignment based practice with creative sequencing, magical transitions, breath facilitation and meditation.

 

Price: $10 general public

 

 

 

Blueberry Success on the Front Range

 

This class provides students with the know-how to successfully cultivate a variety of blueberry cultivars in Colorado. Topics include: why blueberries typically do not perform well in our region; practical methods for overcoming these challenges; irrigation and fertilizer recommendations; cultivar recommendations; protection from pests; natural history and more.

 

Joel Reich developed a system for successful blueberry culture in Colorado that has proven to be reliably successful for over a decade. Whether your interest in blueberries is for health, great-tasting snacks and/or as an edible, ornamental garden plant with great fall foliage colors, this class provides a detailed plan for success.

 

 

Joel A. Reich M.S. is a private horticultural consultant based in Longmont, Colorado. Mr. Reich has expertise in many realms of horticulture, from nursery and greenhouse production to landscaping, small and large farm operations, research projects, interiorscapes, public gardens, etc.

Mr. Reich has developed particular expertise in production and management of fruit crops in Colorado. Prior to forming Reich Consulting Services llc, Mr. Reich was a Horticulture Agent with Colorado State University Extension, where he was the authority on fruit crops. Much of Mr. Reich’s work at CSU involved developing and delivering adult education programming to a wide variety of audiences. Before joining C.S.U., Mr. Reich received a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.S. from Oregon State University. He also worked as a researcher with Oregon State Extension and as an instructor at Cascadia College near Seattle.

Since childhood, Mr. Reich has had a deep fascination with plants, especially those producing pleasant sensory experiences for human beings. Farming, gardening, teaching and consulting have allowed him to work closely with diverse fruit crops in both field and laboratory settings. Through this combination of academic and production experience, he has developed an extensive working knowledge of how to grow a wide range of high-value crops from backyards to large commercial production facilities. Currently, Mr. Reich is focused on helping Front Range growers expand the number and variety of fruit crops being grown in our region.

 

Price: $34, $29 members

 

Botanical Hand Poured Soap Making

Discover the soap making addiction! In this class you'll learn how easy it is to make cold process soap in your own kitchen. You will learn the tips and tricks to have successful soap making sessions and a strong foundation for creating a huge variety of amazing soaps using coconut oils, shea butter, herbs, botanicals and essential oils. Warning: soapmaking is addictive, but you'll never lack for a birthday, hostess, or shower gift for families and friends. Take home a wonderful base soap handout, two bars of amazing hand poured soap and an essential oil/fragrance oil blend to make your own very first batch of soap!

 

Instructor: Kim Cherie, owner of K. CHERIE Botanical Spa Retreat

Price: $62, $57 member, includes $30 for materials

Botanical Soap Making on the Plains

This class takes place at the Plains Conservation Center.

 

Learn how easy it is to make cold process soap in your kitchen! Homemade soap contains moisturizing glycerin and is free of the harsh preservatives and other chemicals found in commercial soaps that can dry and irritate the skin. Soaps make great birthday, hostess, or shower gifts. This class is part demo and part hands on. Take home an extensive handout full of recipes, web sites and resources plus a bar of the handmade soap and a bottle of fragrance oil for your first batch.

Instructor: Kim Cherie, owner of K. CHERIE Botanical Spa Retreat

Price: $62, $57 member, includes $30 for materials

Photo: Courtesy of Vanessa Yvonne (flickr)

 

Cherokee Fall Nature Hike - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

Those lucky enough to have hiked Cherokee Ranch know that there are a wealth of habitats and a rich flora that distract your eyes downwards, even as the vistas of the rugged backbone of the Rockies and distant misty towers of downtown Denver tempt you to look further away. We have experienced toasty winter days that were breathless and surprisingly sunny, as well as blustery days in the summer. One thing is for sure you will never be bored on a Cherokee hike! This year we are starting much earlier for better birding. But the plants will already be awake!

 

In Fall the Sumac and plums are turning color in the gullies, and the oaks are showing some burnished bronze. Fall is a fabulous season on Cherokee Ranch: Senecio, Aster and Goldenrod are everywhere. Blazing star paints purple spikes in the tousled mats of buffalo grass. The Spotted Towhee bird can be overlooked in the spring and summer, is more visible now since many of the spring and summer residents have started their fall migration. Two species of Jays – Scrub and Steller’s can now get the attention they deserve. They can be “missed” in spring and summer as we look at the other species.

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

Price: $25, $20 members

Special Instructions: Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure. Plants don't really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants.

 

Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike.

Hike location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

Cherokee Late Spring Nature Hike - at Cherokee Ranch and Castle

In late April, spring is in the air at Cherokee Ranch and Castle. Tree buds are welling buds and early flowers unfurl among the tattered grasses. Winter departs reluctantly, but this exciting season is when you can smell and almost taste spring everywhere. Snowbanks can still be lurking and mud puddles and morning fog suggests you should bring your parka and good boots! Don't forget your binoculars because many wintering birds are coming back --- including Western and Mountain Bluebirds which have started to nest. Cherokee Ranch has 230 nesting boxes for Bluebirds which are spread out over six trails that are monitored by volunteers. We might even see a Swainson's Hawk which wintered in Argentina.

 

Tour Guides: Mike Kintgen and Lynn Willcockson

Price: $25, $20 members

Special Instructions: Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure. Plants don't really care how you dress for the field trips but BIRDS DO!! It is easier to see birds if you DO NOT wear white or other very bright colors i.e. yellow, orange or red. Also, bring your binoculars: they can be used for both birds and plants.

Directions and details for your hike will be emailed to your email address approximately one week before your hike.

Hike location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

 

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