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A Guided Walk - Forest Bathing

 

Experience the relaxing practice of forest bathing (shinrin-yoku). Bathe in the atmosphere of the forest through mindful engagement of the senses. Studies suggest that a regular practice of forest bathing may be associated with a reduction in blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormones. You will move slowly and mindfully through the forest as you are guided through a series of invitations to engage your senses for closer connection with the surrounding nature. The walk begins at 9 a.m. and lasts 2.5 hours. All walk locations will be near the foothills, within about a one hour drive or less from Denver. Detailed information about location will be emailed out about a week before the walk.

 

Price: $30, $25 member

Instructor: Leona Campbell

Leona is a professional photographer and owner of Wind in Pines LLC, which provides public and private forest bathing walks in the greater Denver area. Leona is a certified forest therapy guide, through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT).

 

Special Instructions: All walks begin at 9 a.m. and will last 2.5 hours. This is not a hike. Participants will move slowly and mindfully, covering about 1/2 mile over the course of the walk. Detailed information about location will be emailed out about a week before the walk. All locations will be near the foothills, within about a one hour drive or less from Denver.

 

Astronomy Nights at Plains Conservation Center

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora.

Come join the City of Aurora at the Plains Conservation Center for an exciting night of stars, planets, solar systems and s’mores. Each evening begins with a presentation by retired astronomy professor, Dr.Win Pendleton, including images of the stars and planets that make our solar system and universe unique. After Win discusses each night's topic we will venture outside for a campfire, s’mores and a chance to look at the planets and other objects through the telescope, weather permitting. Appropriate for ages 6 and up.

Each Astronomy night will have its own theme.

September 6 at 7:30 p.m.: Sizing Up the Universe. A simplified discussion of several methods used to measure the vast distances to objects in the Universe. Covers the short distance to the moon out to the edge of the known Universe.

October 4 at 6 p.m.: Black Holes: What, Where, Why and How. Take a jouney from Einstein's conjecture through decades of speculation and indirect evidence to the recent first photograph.

November 1 at 6 p.m.: Hubble Tour of the Solar System. This is a grand tour fo our Solar System using Hubble Telescope images of planets and moons as we go from Mercury to Pluto and beyond.

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Price: $8

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

Bilingual Yoga at Adams County Regional Park

 *This Class will be held at Adams County Regional Park

9755 Henderson Rd.
Brighton, CO 80601

Cultivate presence through breath-linking movements in this vinyasa yoga class cued in both English and Spanish. Cues will be the same in both languages, and those familiar with yoga will find a common language through the traditional Sanskrit names of the poses. This flowing, dynamic class is beneficial for all practitioners, and teaches important foundations while leaving space for more advanced practitioners to play.

Cultive el hecho de estar presente a través de movimientos enlazados con la respiración en esta clase de vinyasa yoga, instruido en inglés y español ambos. Las instrucciones serán las mismas en ambos idiomas, y para aquellos estudiantes familiarizados con la practica de yoga reconocerán los nombres de las poses en sánscrito. Esta clase fluida y dinámica es beneficiosa para estudiantes de todos niveles, enseña y reafirma fundaciones elementales mientras que al mismo tiempo provee espacio para estudiantes mas avanzados a explorar y divertirse en su tapete!

Price: $10 general public

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

* 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

 

 

Full Moon Hike

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Discover Aurora's true nature under the light of the full moon and learn a little about its history through this guided nature hike.

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Dates: August 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., September 14, 2019 at 6:30pm and October 13, 2019 at 6 p.m.

Price: $5

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013 Phone 303-326-8380

 

Home on the Range: The Story of a Prairie Farm

Presented and managed by the City of Aurora

Get ready to step back in time when visiting the prairie sod home village at the Plains Conservation Center. Enjoy a wagon ride and light snack while touring an 1800s-style sod village, then interact with and feed our resident farm animals. Learn how early settlers survived life on the prairie, including how they got their food and endured the many hardships of homesteading.

This program take place Wednesdays - Sundays from 3-4 p.m.

The City of Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

Price: $10, Children 2 and under free

 

 

Macramé Plant Hanger Workshop

In this introductory workshop with Amie Krug of Boriya + Co, we will learn four basic knots of macramé. We will then use these knots to craft a plant hanger! Also covered will be the history of macramé and the steps necessary to create macramé pieces including: planning a pattern, measuring and sourcing rope.

All materials to fashion your plant hanger will be provided.

 

Price: $65, $60 member

Instructor: Amie Krug is a fiber artist currently living and working in Denver. She received her BFA in art from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and developed a love for textile design during her years spent in Rajasthan, India. After spending three summers as a river guide on the Arkansas, she repurposed her knotting skills to create artistic and utilitarian pieces. Amie has taught macramé workshops since 2015, and recently had her first solo exhibition in Buena Vista entitled "Rivers Edge."

 

 

 

Native Plant Master Course at Plains Conservation Center

The Denver Botanic Gardens and CSU Extension's Native Plant Master Program are cosponsoring a Native Plant Master® course at the Plains Conservation Center for the second time in several years. Come experience the wide open prairies of Colorado while learning about native and alien plants that live there. During three outdoor field sessions, you will learn common and scientific names, ecological relationships and human uses of 40 - 50 plants. You will also develop skills in using family features and a botanical key to identify plants. Course includes special emphasis on natives useful for landscaping and alien invasives that threaten native ecosystems.

 

This program is jointly sponsored by Denver Botanic Gardens and the Native Plant Master® Program. Please visit https://npm.eventbrite.com to explore other Native Plant Master offerings or sign up to get class announcements.

 

Price: $95 public

 

Instructors:

Lisa Mason - Horticulture Agent in Arapahoe County

Lucinda Greene -Assistant Horticulturist and Native Plant Master Coordinator in Arapahoe County

 

Special instructions, requests or notes:

 

Prerequisite: Basic Botany class. (For those with a botany background that have not completed a Native Plant Master course, this prerequisite may be waived. Contact lgreene@arapahoegov.com to request a waiver.)

 

 

 

Native Plant Master: All participants who pass three NPM courses will receive a Colorado Flora Certificate. For accepted volunteers, this course counts toward certification as a Native Plant Master. For more information on the volunteer program, see www.nativeplantmaster.org. To reduce overlap, take courses in different months and/or lifezones

Lifezone: Plains

 

When and where to meet: Plains Conservation Center - 21901 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80018. (303) 693-3621. (See map.) Meet at the center of the main lot. Please park in the lot to the east of the picnic shelter, not directly in front of the Front Range Building. Please arrive at 8:15 AM the first day to receive course materials. Course begins 8:30 AM sharp.

 

What to wear: Layered clothing for changing and/or severe weather conditions, hat, sturdy closed-toe footwear (suitable for cactus country), etc. Please come prepared for moderately strenuous walking on hot, cold, windy, rainy or snowy days.

What to bring: Textbook, pencil, hand lens (10x), daypack, water, sack lunch, rain gear, sun and wind protection, personal items you will need, etc.

 

Required Textbook: Flora of Colorado by Jennifer Ackerfield available through Colorado Native Plant Society bookstore (https://conps.org/conps-store), local and online retail outlets and the publisher (800-621-2736)

 

Carpooling: Carpooling is encouraged. Contact lgreene@arapahoegov.com if you would like to carpool and your contact information will be shared with others interested in carpooling.

 

Please visit https://npm.eventbrite.com to explore other Native Plant Master offerings or sign up to get class announcements. This program is jointly sponsored by Denver Botanic Gardens and the Native Plant Master® Program

For more information on the volunteer program, see www.nativeplantmaster.org

 

Photographing Denver at Night

 

Explore the magic of night photography as you learn to create stunning and visually exciting images. Instruction focuses on making the proper exposures at sunset and at night using limited or controlled light sources, as well as understanding how to capture movement within an image.

This class will be held on two evenings: the first in the classroom for instruction; the second one will be off-site to put the teachings into practice.

 

Price: $60, $55 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. Jeanette³ 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.

 

Special Requirements: A camera with manual capabilities and a tripod. A shutter release cable or remote would be helpful but not required.

 

Photography Expeditions at Plains Conservation Center

 

Photography expeditions to the Plains Conservation Center offer opportunities to capture the life and the seasonal characteristics of the prairie in the best light possible. Dates and times are set to coordinate with sunsets, sunrises, moonsets and moonrises with one exception in May to focus on spring flowers. Each expedition is led by David Winger, a renowned garden and nature photographer.

 

Open to all skill levels. Participants are encourage to bring a tripod and a telephoto lens and dress appropriately for the weather as the class takes place outdoors.

 

 

Price: $26, $28 member

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

 

 

 

Plains Conservation Center Wagon Tour

Get to know the prairie in a whole new way. On our ride across the plains, participants watch for wildlife in the landscape, from prairie dogs to pronghorn antelope and birds of prey, beneath the great stretching sky while learning about the short grass prairie ecosystem along the way. With stops at the sod homes and Cheyenne camp, your group will experience what it was like to be a homesteader and a Cheyenne Indian living on the prairie in the 1800's. Take a guided tour of the sod homestead and see the sod homes, schoolhouse and blacksmith shop. Then visit the Cheyenne camp to learn about how the Cheyenne lived on the prairie and followed the bison as a seminomadic tribe.

Please note: Tours are weather dependent. If a tour is cancelled due to weather, you will be contacted.

Date: Select Saturdays

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

 

 

Prairie Birding at the Plains Conservation Center

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Join City of Aurora naturalists for a morning of birds and spectacular views at the Plains Conservation Center. Enjoy the open prairie and it's diversity of plant and animal life as you search for resident birds. From year-long residents like the Western Meadowlark to seasonal migrants like the Swainson's Hawk, there is always something to see. Whether you are new to birding or a seasoned pro, this is a great opportunity to meet other bird enthusiasts.Appropriate for ages 6 and older.

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Date: March 30, June 22, September 29 and December 7, 2019

Time: 9 a.m.

Price: $5

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013 Phone 303-326-8380

Prairie Homestead Self-Guided Tour

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Join us at the Plains Conservation Center for a self-guided tour of our historical sod village and tipis. See what a Native American tipi camp might have looked like in the early 1800s. Immerse yourself in a replication of an 1880s prairie homestead village with authentic artifacts and, depending on the season, real farm animals.

Please Note: All guests must check in at the PCC Visitor Center with purchase confirmation prior to beginning self-guided tour in order to receive site condition updates and the actual self-guided brochure.

For a more in-depth experience, sign up for a guided tour or program! Schedule a private tour by contacting Denver Botanic Gardens at info@botanicgardens.org or 720-865-3500.

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

 

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

 

Hours for Self-Guided Tours:

Monday-Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday-Friday: 2-4:30 p.m.

Saturday: Noon - 4:30 p.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Pronghorn: Not an Antelope, But a Living Fossil of the Pleistocene

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

When we spot them, we think mystery and antelope! These survivors from another world are native to Aurora and have adapted to the changing landscape. Join us for a wagon ride at the Plains Conservation Center to observe and learn about these living fossils from the Pleistocene.

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Date: September 29, 2019

Time: 11a.m.

Price: $10

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013 Phone 303-326-8380

 

Relational Rewilding: Becoming Animal - The Secrets of Stealth for Improved Wildlife Watching

Autumn is an ideal time for watching wildlife, so rewild yourself and see more animals by learning basic tips for blending in with your environment. Do you want to observe more than fleeing deer and birds? How do you activate a more respectful and effective engagement with the wild world? Join us for a fun and enlightening outdoor class that discusses tracking, animal senses, stealth strategies and human/animal relationships. Engaging your animal-self will not only change the way you move through nature, but also how you move through life.

 

Price: $30, $25 member

Instructor: Kimberly Beck is passionate about facilitating deep relationships between people, nature and animals. Kimberly holds a Masters degree in Counseling and a Bachelors degree in Outdoor Education and Plant Biology. Currently she is owner and operator of both The Canine Effect, her dog training business, and Relational Rewilding Nature Guiding. Kimberly has designed and led environmental and humane education programs at state parks, outdoor education centers and animal shelters throughout the country. She is a Master Naturalist, a Native Plant Master, and has participated in continuing education programs through Wilderness Awareness School, 8 Shields Institute, and The Tracking Project - training in cultural and natural awareness, animal tracking, plant studies, bird language, primitive skills, and community building.

Special Instructions: Walk will take place exclusively outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather, bring sunscreen, hat, water, and lunch if desired. Be prepared for walking and light hiking.

Class length does NOT include drive time to or from our meeting place to the hiking location.

Location:

Genesee Park

Specific location details will be sent out about a week prior to the hike.

 

Relational Rewilding: Positively Poisonous - Befriending Toxic Plants for Greater Safety

Does the fear of poisonous plants hinder your engagement with nature? Cultivate greater safety and confidence in your outings through awareness and identification of toxic plants. Many Colorado species contain potent toxins that are dangerous for people to touch or consume. Yet, most also have beneficial qualities ecologically, medicinally and/or spiritually. Take a gentle walk to open your senses and engage your mind with an exploration of both toxic and non-toxic plant families. 

 

Price: $30, $25 member

Instructor: Kimberly Beck is passionate about facilitating deep relationships between people, nature and animals. Kimberly holds a Masters degree in Counseling and a Bachelors degree in Outdoor Education and Plant Biology. Currently she is owner and operator of both The Canine Effect, her dog training business, and Relational Rewilding Nature Guiding. Kimberly has designed and led environmental and humane education programs at state parks, outdoor education centers and animal shelters throughout the country. She is a Master Naturalist, a Native Plant Master, and has participated in continuing education programs through Wilderness Awareness School, 8 Shields Institute, and The Tracking Project - training in cultural and natural awareness, animal tracking, plant studies, bird language, primitive skills, and community building.

Special Instructions: Walk will take place exclusively outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather, bring sunscreen, hat, water, and lunch if desired. Be prepared for walking and light hiking.

Class length does NOT include drive time to or from our meeting place to the hiking location.

Location:

Sunday, July 7 Clear Creek Trail, Golden

Friday, July 26, Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Specific location details will be sent out about a week prior to the hike.

Superstition and Mythology of Aurora Owls

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

The Greek goddess Athena associates owls as protectors and the Hopi tribe see the burrowing owl as the god of death. Come learn about the owls native to Aurora and some of the mythology historically associated with them. We will be dissecting an owl pellet followed by a wagon ride to find owls!

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Date: August 19, 2019

Time: 10 a.m.

Price: $8

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013 Phone 303-326-8380

 

The Eagle's Eyes Miss Nothing

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Bald eagles have some of the best eyesight in the animal kingdom, and this has inspired cultural symbolism throughout history. Join us at the Plains Conservation Center to learn about these magnificent creatures while getting a close look at them aboard a wagon on the open prairie. Appropriate for ages 8 and older.

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Date: July 25, 2019

Time: 7 p.m.

Price: $10

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013 Phone 303-326-8380

 

The Ins, Outs, Ups & Downs of Prairie Dogs

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Have you ever been curious about those mound-building rodents you sometimes see around Aurora? Whether you think they are cute or a nuisance, there is no denying that they play a big role in shaping the prairie. Participate in an informative presentation on prairie dogs followed by a wagon tour of the Plains Conservation Center. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Date: September 22, 2019

Time: 2 p.m.

Price: $10

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013 Phone 303-326-8380

 

Tour and Talk - Mary and Larry Scripter's Wildlife-Friendly Niwot Garden

 

Tour one of the Front Range s most unique gardens, planted and tended by owners Mary and Larry Scripter and designed by Lauren Springer. This large, naturalistic, four-season garden features a flower-rich stylized meadow and a tree and shrub screening planted with bird-, pollinator- and other wildlife-friendly water-wise plants. The Scripter garden has been featured in Martha Stewart Living and Sunset magazines and photographed by nationally prominent photographers. It is also a designated Audubon Habitat Hero garden. Planting and management of this stunning garden, created by Mary and Lauren over seven years ago, will be discussed in Lauren's talk on site. All participants will leave with a plant list of their "star players".

 

Price $41, 38 member

 

Lauren Springer has designed plantings at Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield Farms, and the Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins where she is on staff. Her books include the award-winning titles The Undaunted Garden, and Plant-Driven Design (coauthored with husband Scott Ogden). Also a propagator, she has introduced numerous plants to the trade and to Plant Select. A pioneer in waterwise landscapes, in creating gardens that evoke natural spaces, and in merging beauty with wildlife function, she has received Audubon Society Habitat Hero designations for four of her design projects.

 

Event Details

Address will be sent via email one week prior to event

Carpooling strongly encouraged

No bathroom facilites available on site

Feel free to bring lawn chairs for seating during the talk

 

 

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