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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 Summer 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!

Late summer is an excellent time to observe the bounty of both flora and fauna rolling through the hills of Cherokee Ranch: Aster and Goldenrod are everywhere. Blazing star paints purple spikes in the tousled mats of buffalo grass. Mid- summer bird activity continues at Cherokee as well. It is possible to see three species of hummingbirds as they stop to feed to store up energy on their way to Central America for the winter. The Mountain and Western Bluebirds have finished nesting and the young (juveniles) are seen throughout the Ranch property. There is no better place to soak up the sun than on a late summer plant hike and bird watching adventure at Cherokee Ranch.

 

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 Spring Nature Hike - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

 

 

 

Cherokee Summer 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!

At the beginning of Summer the grasses have greened up, although there may still be snow on the higher peaks, when we walk through meadows full of the bounty of early summer this is the peak season for many of the loveliest wildflowers; including One-sided Penstemon (Penstemon virgatus), lupines and Monument plant. It is also peak season for the Broad-tailed Hummingbirds that have made their way back from Mexico and Central America to nest at Cherokee. We will learn how to identify the male Broad-tailed Hummingbird just by hearing it fly as it darts between scarlet gilia trumpets. Two species of bluebirds and swallows will be active at this time as well as the tiny (4 ½ in) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher that has returned from its winter grounds as far away as Central America to nest at Cherokee. Summer is prime time for viewing the plant and bird life at Cherokee, folks!

 

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 Winter Nature Tour - 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!

 

Whoever says winter is the “dormant” season? Wise naturalists know that nature does not sleep, you can now SEE those birds flitting in the bare branches. Buds are set on everything, and there is much more than just bark, branches and berries to liven a walk. You can see two species of Chickadees and Nuthatches that never stop in their search for food and there are a few last lingering hints of flowers. You will be surprised at how many evergreens there really are; not just pines and junipers and Oregon Grape, but many of our native shrubs and forbs keep living foliage and rosettes through the winter: they are still hard at work chlorophyll pumping! You might also be surprised to know that some Dark-eyed Juncos fly all the way from the Pacific Northwest and even Canada to winter at Cherokee. Other winter species include Flicker, Woodpeckers and a resident Red-tailed Hawk. What better time and place than Cherokee Ranch in the bright, winter light.

 

 

$20 member, $25 non-member.

 

Tour Guides: Panayoti Kelaidis and Lynn Willcockson

 

 

 

* 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

* Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own supply of water for a 2 hour adventure

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

 

 

Crested Butte Wildflower Weekend

Enjoy a summer weekend taking in the beautiful scenery and stunning wildflowers at the peak of their season in the Crested Butte area. Relax for two nights at the Mount Crested Butte Elevation Hotel and Spa, a fabulous mountainside resort with all the amenities and gorgeous views. Spend a day exploring the alpine wildflowers with a beautiful lift ride up Crested Butte resort, learn about geology, ecology, and wildlife while enjoying hor d'oeuvers at sunset, and explore beautiful gardens in the town of Crested Butte.

 

Itinerary

 

Friday: Drive on your own to Crested Butte, check in at hotel, and meet group evening reception. Dinner on your own.

Saturday: Breakfastat at hotel.

9am-1pm: Alpine Wildflowers of Crested Butte Mountain Resort lift tour

Lunch on your own

4-8pm: Hors d'Oeuvers in the Evening Light

Sunday:

Breakfast at the hotel before exploring the town and going to the Farmers' market. Lunch on your own near market.

1-4:  Tour of Crested Butte Gardens

Return to Denver

 

Price:

Double occupancy: $550, $500 member per person

Single occupancy: $750, $700 member per person*

*if you are traveling solo, but would like to share a room to receive the lower double occupancy rate, please call to see if there is the option to be matched with another person.

Pricing includes two nights accomodation, two breakfasts, happy hour, and all activities. Transportation and all other meals are not provided.

Questions? Call 720-865-3613. Registration will close at 3pm on Friday, June 10.

 

 

Mount Goliath Guided Wildflower Hike

Discover the life cycles and lore of the alpine tundra and the intense beauty of a natural garden that lasts only 40 frost-free days. This is a trail of contrasts--awesome Rocky Mountain vistas of the Continental Divide peaks, delicate floral treasures, wind-sculpted, ancient bristlecone pines, cold summit winds and gentle summer breezes. The path winds through the exquisite blooms of the alpine tundra, talus slopes and subalpine meadows providing a delightful and educational tour in one of Colorado's most beautiful natural areas.

Mount Goliath docents lead the slow-paced hike down the stunning M. Walter Pesman Trail, a moderately difficult 1.5 mile downhill trek from 12,153 ft. to 11,540 ft.

 

Ages: 10 years old and up

 

Price: Free

Donations to the Gardens are accepted. Just choose the $10 option below.

 

Special instructions:

Although guided hikes are free of charge, you must pay the recreation area fee to the U.S. Forest Service at the Mount Evans Fee Station. A Denver Botanic Gardens membership does not allow free access to the Mount Evans Recreation Area.

Please come prepared for mountain weather and trail terrain (shoes for hiking, coats, hats, sunscreen, etc.).

 

Notes:

Tours with less than 10 participants are subject to cancellation.

For more information, contact us at tours@botanicgardens.org

The Gardens does not manage the Mount Goliath recreational area; questions not directly related to wildflower hikes should be directed to the Clear Creek Ranger District in Idaho Springs.

Steamboat Health and Wellness

Come relax and unwind for the weekend while exploring all that the beautiful Steamboat Springs has to offer. Wake up each morning with a yoga practice led by DBG’s own Blake Burger and finish out the day with a yoga happy hour. See wildflowers at their peak while exploring Steamboat’s trails and soak in the renowned Strawberry Hot Springs. Return to Denver rejuvenated and relaxed, ready to take on the next week.

 

Steamboat Wellness Potential Itinerary

July 15-17

 

Friday

Arrive around 7

7PM – Yoga Happy Hour

8PM – Walk to town for dinner

 

Saturday

Early morning yoga

Breakfast @ the B&B

Wander to Farmer’s Market

Fish Creek Falls Wildflower Hike with sack lunch

6:30 PM Yoga happy hour

Optional - Dinner at Farm to Table Restaurant

Evening Hot Springs Trip

 

Sunday

Early morning yoga

Breakfast @ the B&B

Trip to Yampa Valley River Garden

Lunch

Optional short afternoon hike 

4PM- Yoga happy hour

Return to Denver

 

Instructor: Blake Burger, DBG horticulturist and yoga instructor

Price:

Double occupancy: $425, $400 members per person

Single occupancy: $575, $550 members per person*

 

*if you are traveling solo, but would like to share a room to receive the lower double occupancy rate, please call to see if there is the option to be matched with another person.

Pricing includes two nights accomodation, two breakfasts, one lunch, happy hour, and all activities. Transportation and all other meals are not provided.

 

Questions? Call 720-865-3613. Registration will close at 3pm on Friday, June 24.

Wednesday Hikes with the Gardens - Mountain Bird Hike

Take a mid week break this summer and explore all that our beautiful state of Colorado has to offer with guided hikes. Learn about ecology through our expert horticulturists and get some fresh air with our Wednesday hike series.

 

July 13th: Foothills to Timberline 8AM-4PM

Join expert birder, Lynn Willcockson, to for an easy hike to explore the mountains and look for birds such as Clark's Nucracker, Red Crossbill, Rufous Hummingbird, White-crowned Sparrow, Wilson's Warbler and many more. On this hike, participants will hike near Bergen Park in the foodhills and then move to Summit Lake above timberline.

Location: Meet at Fillius Park at 8:30AM, directions will be emailed to registered participants.

 

September 7th: Lair o' the Bear Park and Red Rocks 8:30AM-12:30PM

Join expert birder, Lynn Willcockson, to for an easy hike to explore the Lair o' the Bear Park and Red Rocks Park to see birds such as White-throated Swifts, Spotted Towhee, Scrub Jay, Black headed Grosbeak, Goldfinch and many more species. On this hike, participants will hike in the Lair o' the Bear Park and Red Rocks Park.

Location: Meet at Lair o' the Bear at 8:30AM, directions will be emailed to registered participants.

 

Instructor: Lynn Willcockson is a member of Denver Field Ornithologists and has led birding hikes for several years.

Price: $50, $45 members

Special Instructions: Bring your own binoculars, water and sunscreen. Please do not wear bright colors - no while yellow orange or red. Bring your own sack lunch for the July 13th hike, participants will have a picnic. Directions will be emailed prior to the trip.

Image: allaboutbirds.com

 

Wednesday Hikes with the Gardens - Summer Wildflowers

Take a mid week break this summer and explore all that our beautiful state of Colorado has to offer with guided hikes. Learn about ecology through our expert horticulturists and get some fresh air with our Wednesday hike series.

 

Lake Isabelle Summer Wildflower Hike

Join horticulturist Dan Johnson on a day hike to Lake Isabelle, in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area in Boulder county. The hike will be just over 4 miles round trip through a trail that lies at treeline in a spectacular alpine valley framed by Navajo (13,409'), Apache (13,441'), and Shoshoni (12,967') peaks. Enjoy incredible views and wildflowers at peak season.

 

Instructor: Dan Johnson has spent 19 years with DBG, currently as Curator of Native Plants and Associate Director of Horticulture. His work in design and maintenance is focused on xeric and native plants, and naturalistic design. Horticultural exploration with a focus on Steppe climates has included the western US, South Africa, Argentina, Spain, and Pakistan. Publications include the revised “Meet the Natives” wildflower guide, “Steppes”, and many articles in gardening periodicals.

Price: $50, $45 members

Special Instructions: All participants should come prepared for high altitude hiking: Hat, sunscreen, sturdy hiking shoes, layered clothing (including rain gear). Camera and wildflower guides welcome! Bring your own sack lunch and plenty of water. Participants will meet at the Long Lake Trailhead. Directions will be emailed prior to the trip.

Wednesday Hikes with the Gardens - Wild Mushroom Basics

Take a mid week break this summer and explore all that our beautiful state of Colorado has to offer with guided hikes. Learn about ecology through our expert horticulturists and get some fresh air with our Wednesday hike series.

 

Wild Mushrrom Basics

Head into the Rockies with wild mushroom enthusiast Michael Heim for a day trip/mushroom foray and a walk in the woods. You’ll gain a firm handle on the foundations of mushroom identification as you locate a variety of medicinal and edible fungi growing in the wild. You’ll have a chance to discuss mushroom anatomy and learn the tools for contrasting mushrooms that may be poisonous with those that may inspire a dinner party. Bring your field guides and we’ll unlock some nature! You’ll return with a better understanding of what it means to hunt for mushrooms – and hopefully some fungi for tasting!

 

Instructor: Michael Heim

Price: $50, $45 members

Special Instructions: Please note, mother nature is a wild beast and we cannot guarantee the number or variety of the mushrooms we will find. Bring your positive attitude and your hiking apparel (i.e.: long pants, hat, good footwear), as well as water/snacks/lunch and an awareness that we will be walking at elevation for several hours. All participants should come prepared for weather in the high country. Capacity is strictly limited.

Participants will get information about where to meet about a week in advance. The group will meet in a convenient location promptly at 9 am in order to figure out driving logistics and to have a brief discussion on what to expect for the day.

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