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A Guided Walk - Forest Bathing

Experience the relaxing practice of shinrin-yoku, also known as forest bathing. Shinrin-yoku involves “bathing” in the atmosphere of the forest through mindful engagement of all 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. Over the course of the walk, your guide will lead you through a series of invitations to engage your senses and bring you into closer connection with the nature that surrounds you.

 

Price: $30, $25 member

Instructor: Leona Campbell is a professional photographer and certified Forest Therapy Guide, through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT).

Special Instructions: All walks begin at 9 am (this does not include travel time to get to the walk starting point), and will last 2.5 hours. Detailed information about location will be emailed out about a week before the walk.

Cherokee Spring 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!

In the early months 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 birds that left Cherokee in the  fall are starting to return including Western and Mountain  Bluebirds and many will nest in the over 200 nesting boxes which are spread over the six trails that are monitored by volunteers.  It is a great time to be outdoors at Cherokee.

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. Nesting birds will be singing to attract a mate and establish a breeding territory. It is a great time to be outdoors.

 

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. 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!

 

 

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.

 

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

 

 

Macramé Plant Hanger

This class is held at the Milk Market in the Dairy Block of Downtown Denver

 

Join us at Milk Market to learn several fundamental knotting techniques to create a customizable plant hanger. Use these knots in the future to craft wall hangings or other plant hanger designs. A plant, container and all materials to fashion your plant hanger are included.

 

Price: $65

Instructor: Amie Phillips 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."

 

Special Instructions:

This class will be held at Milk Market 1800 Wazee Suite 100
Denver, CO 80202

 

About Milk Market:

Frank Bonanno is the force behind The Denver Milk Market, 15 unique venues from the mind of a celebrated Colorado chef who intends for the Milk Market to be his stamp on the city he calls home. More than just a group of food stalls (though we couldn´t be prouder of our little venues here) Milk Market is a community. We are a community of Denver institutions   a vacation home, if you will, to the Denver Zoo, Denver Botanic Gardens, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Clyfford Still Museum. The Milk Market is a community of innovators, of local artists and craftsman, who land here weekly to showcase their best creations and share their techniques with the curious, and we are a monthly market that brims with a community of Colorado culinary makers. We are a community of early morning fitness seekers, happy hour gatherers and late night pizza eaters. Denver Milk Market is a community of food, wine and spirit professionals who invite you in to share our passion. The Denver Milk Market intends to be a happy, thriving community of the curious, the hungry and the thirsty. We feed what you hunger for! Let s meet at the Milk Market!

 

 

 

Petrified Wood Tour and Investigation - At Cherokee Ranch and Castle

 

Join members of the Cherokee Ranch Science Institute on a tour of one of the oldest petrified wood sites in North America. Large trees were deposited along the meandering river 55 million years ago. This petrified wood preserved cell structure allows scientists to identify several different families of deciduous trees and to make assumptions about the climate during the Paleocene Epoch.

 

Price: $45, $40 member

Tour Guides: John McKinney and Peter Brown

Special Instructions: The hike is off trail and of moderate difficulty. Please wear appropriate clothing. Closed-toe hiking shoes and long pants are highly recommended. Please also bring plenty of water, your lunch, sunscreen and a hat.

 

Location:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle

6113 N Daniels Park RD

Sedalia, CO 80135

 

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.

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 22 and December 7, 2019

Time: 9 a.m.

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.

Important Note: Please be advised that purchasing tickets on this website does not necessarily guarantee a ticket for the desired time. All guests must check in at the PCC Visitor Center with purchase confirmation prior to beginning self-guided tour in order to receive actual ticket/brochure. It is highly recommended that you call the PCC Visitor Center at 303-326-8380 prior to your arrival to verify if the desired time is available that day. Self-guided tours can only occur during non-programming times and during certain times of the year we have programs booked almost daily.

For a more in-depth experience sign up for one of our guided tours, usually held on Saturdays, or 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

Winter Hours: 9am-2pm weekdays, 9am-5pm weekends

 

Relational Rewilding Hike: Bird Language and the Quiet Mind

 

Relational Rewilding hikes teach how to move with more grace, confidence, knowledge, and reverence in nature. On this hike we will focus on learning the language of the birds, and how to experience more wildlife. Birds and animals share a common language. Their calls and alarms help them stay safe from danger. We can learn to understand this language. In fact, we are hard-wired to learn this, as countless generations of ancestors around the world have depended on this ancient skill to survive. These practices and understandings, largely forgotten by modern peoples, can enrich your life in practical and surprising ways.

In an era marked by increasing disconnection from nature, self, and others, the practice of learning Bird Language will give you some tools to be more successful in your relationships, your community, and in life in general by enhancing ability to experience more awareness, empathy, and sensitivity to surroundings. Integration of such knowledge will benefit you and the children, adults, and wildlife with which you share your 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: Hike 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: Lair O' the Bear. All location details and directions will be sent the week before class.

 

Relational Rewilding Hike: Survival and Edible Plants

 

Relational Rewilding hikes teach how to move with more grace, confidence, knowledge, and reverence in nature. On this hike we will focus on Survival and Edible Plants. Enjoy an interactive and fact-filled walk where you will learn basic plant identification, where and when to look, foraging styles, and responsible gathering principles. This knowledge is useful in the backcountry, sharpens awareness and senses, and fosters a deeper connection to your local ecology.

 

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: Hike 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: All location details and directions will be sent the week before class.

 

June 15: Corwina Park. Participants will be instructed to meet at a park-and-ride to carpool.

June 19: Meyer Ranch Park

 

 

The Amazing Trees of the Regis Arboretum - Tree Tour

The Regis University Arboretum is one of the premier tree collections in Colorado. Some of the most unusual tree species are found in the arboretum, as well as some of the more common trees of Colorado. This three-hour tour is led by Tim Buchanan, a tree expert with more than 40 years of experience in tree identification and selection. Don t miss this opportunity to learn about the trees of the Regis Arboretum.

 

Instructor: Tim Buchanan

Price: $40, 35 member

 

Participants should meet at the Arboretum Kiosk at 9am.

Wild Foraging Mushroom Basics

 

Head toward a secret location with wild mushroom enthusiast Michael Heim for a mushroom foray and walk in nature. Get a firm handle on the foundations of mushroom identification as we locate a variety of medicinal and edible fungi growing in the wild. 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 will unlock some nature! You will return with a better understanding of what it means to hunt for mushrooms and maybe with some fungi for tasting.

Price: $40, $35 member

Instructor: Michael Heim

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Michael Heim has led forays for Denver Botanic Gardens, the Center for Integrative Botanical Studies and the Boulder Living Arts School. In 2014 chefs from all over the U.S. joined Michael on a wild mushroom foray sponsored by the Chef's Collaborative Summit. That same year he presented at the annual Bioneers Conference, held at Colorado University, exploring the exciting topic of myco-remediation. He produced and facilitated a two-day medicinal mushroom workshop with revered herbalist Robert Rogers, author of  The Fungal Pharmacy.  In 2015 Michael studied lab technique and mushroom cultivation under Dr. Daniel Tura of Aloha Medicinals. He has taught mushroom cultivation classes for Boulder High Country Mushrooms, Cow Town Grangers, Botanica: A Festival of Plants and The Growhaus in Denver.

 

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 a positive attitude and your hiking apparel (i.e., long pants, hat, good footwear), as well as water, snacks and lunch. It may be possible that we will be walking at elevation and on varying groundcover for several hours. All participants should come prepared for weather in the high country.

- Capacity is strictly limited.

- We will meet promptly at the (TBD) meeting spot in order to arrange carpooling and to have a brief discussion on what to expect for the day.

- The class will be emailed should weather be an issue or be cause for cancellation; all students will be refunded should the weather not cooperate.

 

 

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