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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 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

 

 

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

August 25-27

 

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, July 21.

Trip - Natures' Adaptations: River to Desert with Denver Botanic Gardens

Join the Denver Botanic Gardens and Centennial Canoe Outfitters, Inc., for a leisurely, guided and outfitted, 31- mile canoe trip through the Escalante and Dominguez Canyons Wilderness Area on the Gunnison River. While canoeing, camping, and hiking along the scenic waters of the Gunnison River, learn, explore and create. We ll investigate the natural environment of the river and desert and learn how human, plant, and animal life in these special areas have adapted to this unique environment.  During our explorations, we'll investigate the river's vegetation, including hopefully spotting some populations of rare plants found only in this region. We'll be inspired by our natural surroundings to create arts and crafts using plants as our inspiration, and will try some of the edible plants found in the area. We will also spend time learning how local native cultures used the plant life found in the area. Join us for an ecological exploration on one of the West's most beautiful classrooms, the Gunnison River.

Paddle beside high walls of beautiful red sandstone and shale, deposited during the age of the dinosaurs. Interesting side trips into deep box canyons will leave you awed by the immensity of geologic time and the silence of the wilderness. Massive cottonwood trees stand on the river bends supporting huge nests of blue herons, hawks and eagles.

In addition to our guides, the trip will be lead by naturalist Karen Caddis, who has over 25 years of experience in wetland ecology.  

Instructor: Centennial Outfitters Inc. will provide the guides, gear, and expertise. Our wetland ecologist facilitator will be Karen Caddis. Karen is a certified wetlands and riparian delineator, who will teach participants about the ecology as we pass it along the river, including aquatic animals and plants.

 

Trip Level: No previous canoeing experience is necessary to join the trip.

Price: $450, $420 members

 

Special Instructions: Participants will meet at the Gunnison River Escalante Bridge at 6:30am on August 4th, 2017. Participants will receive directions and additional information at least one week prior to the trip. Deadline is July 24th, 2017 to sign up.

Centennial Canoe Outfitters (CCO) will provide guides, all gear including food.

Personal camping equipment, personal clothes, and toiletries will need to be provided by the participant. Camping equipment, including a tent, sleeping bag, chair and pad can be rented from CCO for $74. Please contact CCO at 720-283-0553 and mention that you are registered for the Denver Botanic Gardens Trip.

 

Want to get excited? Watch this! https://vimeo.com/197828348

 

 

Trip - Photographing Mountain Lakes & Landscapes

Vail, Colorado

 

Lakes, rivers, and waterfalls -- Vail offers a great diversity of water features and sublime opportunities to photograph the mountains at their finest. Join Scott Dressel-Martin, Denver Botanic Gardens’ official photographer, for a multi-day photography excursion to Vail, Colorado. Take photographs, eat and explore our way through a myriad of visual offerings.

 

Tentative Itinerary

Friday, July 14th, 2017

4 p.m. - Meet at the Christiania for introductions.

5-6 p.m. Head out for a sunset field shoot returning after 9 p.m. - Possibly Shrine Pass or other location

 

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

5 a.m. - Meet to leave for our sunrise photo location, possibly Shrine Pass again - returning to Christiania by 9 a.m. for breakfast and a rest break

Afternoon - Head out to Piney River Ranch for a sunset shoot - returning after 9 p.m.

 

Sunday , July 16th, 2017

5 a.m. - optional sunrise shoot

9 a.m. - shoot at the Betty Ford Alpine Garden

11 a.m. - Tour of Betty Ford Alpine Garden

 

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin, Denver Botanic Gardens' official photographer

Price:

Single Occupancy: $675, $625 members

Double Occupancy: $525, $475 members

Special Instructions: Participants will get more information about the trip as the date gets closer.

Image: Scott Dressel-Martin Photography

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 Gardens' staff Jen Toews 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: Jen Toews joined the Gardens in 2016 as the Plant Recorder and is responsible for researching nomenclature and the accessioning of all plants entering the Gardens. She has a BA in Biology from Metropolitan State University of Denver with an emphasis in Botany and Ecology. She is nearing completion of the Native Plant Master® program through Jefferson County Extension. In her free time, Jen enjoys hiking and photographing Colorado’s diverse plants and their habitats.

Price: $40, $35 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 in Boulder prior to caravanning to the trailhead. Exact location and 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 Mushroom 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.

 

Instructor: Michael Heim

Price: $40, $35 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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