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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

 

 

Choosing Optimal Carbohydrate and Sugar Sources

 

Learn about new discoveries on the link to inflammation, immune function, cognitive and digestive health and how to choose optimal carbs/sugar sources for your health. This class includes a short interactive presentation, the opportunity for Q&A/group discussion, followed by a cooking demonstration. All presentations will incorporate the most current scientific evidence available and emphasize the benefits of a plant-based diet with a diversity of fruits, vegetables, herbs and other botanical supplements for health promotion. All skill levels are welcome.

 

 

Price: $46, $41 member

Instructor: Jennifer Carroll MD, MPH

Dr. Carroll is a research professor at the University of Colorado's Department of Family Medicine and research director at UC Health s Integrative Medicine Center. She provides clinical consultations at UC Health s Integrative Medicine Center and advises patients on complementary and alternative therapies for a variety of clinical conditions such as cancer-related care, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, women s and men s health issues, and many others. She is a co-founder of the Culinary MDs, LLC which seeks to empower individuals to adopt healthy lifestyles through interactive presentations, workshops and cooking demonstrations.

 

Collecting the Rain - Rain Barrels at Home

Local water harvesting and permaculture expert Avery Ellis leads this exciting workshop that explores essential rainwater harvesting techniques. Learn how to install a rain barrel on your property, how to calculate the system’s proper size, discuss current Colorado rainwater laws, explore passive irrigation strategies and subsurface drains, and get hands-on experience. With the growing season upon us, this is a perfect opportunity to transform water use in your landscape!

 

Price: $47, $41 member

Instructor: Instructor: Avery Ellis is a sustainability specialist and ecological designer who focuses on designing ecosystems that serve humanity through natural processes. He has a master's degree in ecological design and a bachelor's degree in science in biology and sustainability. He is also a certified permaculture designer, teacher and a certified greywater installer. He has integrated his diverse skills into comprehensive business solutions, which bring science and craftsmanship together in the designs and installations.

 

Color Layering for Colored Pencil

Colored pencil presents a special challenge: mixing color directly on your drawing! Learn to use a simple color-mixing method adapted to the application of colored pencils. Two-, three- and four-color mixing will get you to the gorgeous greens and luscious lilacs you’ve been missing. Learn to determine shadow colors for vibrant results. Practice color matching with a variety of plant material as you create your own extensive color workbook to speed color selection and application for all future colored pencil drawings.

No prerequisites.

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

Date(s):

Fri-Sun, Feb. 15-17, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

Fri-Sun, April 19-21, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

Color Mixing

The first step to watercolor painting is mixing colors. Learn a system for combining colors consistently to eliminate frustrating trial and error. Exercises, demonstrations and discussion will show you how to achieve the broadest possible spectrum. Learn about paint properties and important information about choosing pigments. Practice mixing colors to match a variety of plant material. You’ll gain confidence and skills to improve your color work.

No prerequisites.

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

Date(s): 

Mon, Feb. 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Tue, June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Colorado Wetlands at Chatfield Farms

Explore the riparian ecosystem at Chatfield Farms. Develop an appreciation for the balance between human, animal and plant interactions in our Colorado wetlands. We will immerse ourselves in citizen science, visit beaver dams and learn about the restoration project taking place at Deer Creek. Appropriate for K-12 teachers.

0.5 semester hours of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $40.

Composition for Botanical Illustration

The arrangement of line, shape and color in artwork is itself an art form. The difference between a pleasant picture and amazing artwork is often found in composition. This course begins with a study of recognized masters and contemporary illustrators. Learn how to use compositional elements and principles in your botanical illustration. Create your own thumbnail compositions and develop insight and expertise to enhance your future illustrations.

No prerequisites.

Fee: $260 member, $310non-member.

 

Date(s): Fri-Sun, Jan. 18-20, 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Date(s): Thu, May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 6-9 p.m.

Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt

 

Converting Lawn to Xeriscape

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Do you want to beautify your landscape and save water at the same time?

Prepare to go into detail about how to replace some of your Kentucky bluegrass lawn with water-smart perennial and ornamental grasses, discuss soil types and irrigation adjustment requirements, and dream up some design ideas in this exciting class.

 

Price: $29, $24 member

Instructor: Curtis Manning

 

 

Photo: Winger Photography

Cooking on the Wood Burning Stove

You don’t need a modern kitchen to cook delicious food. Join us for an afternoon of tea and working together to bake yummy, period-appropriate treats on the wood burning stove in the McClean Soddy at the Plains Conservation Center. Recipes and all supplies provided. This class is geared towards adults and children 10 years and older.

 

 

Price:  Member $20, Non-member $24

 

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

 

Creating Flower Essence

Flower essences are a subtle yet powerful and versatile form of homeopathic herbal remedy. Learn to create two flower essences outside while discovering their unique energetic and therapeutic potential. Create a floral syrup and explore applications like sprays, libations, elixirs, baths and more! This class has us diving into fall gardening practices including sowing cool season crops, crop rotation, herbal fertilizing and extending the growing season.  

 

Price: $94 public

Instructor: Amberle Suski

Amberle is a Colorado native who has been working as a holistic healthcare practitioner in the Denver community for over seven years. She is trained and certified in community herbalism, permaculture design, reflexology, reiki and wellness coaching. Amberle aims to connect with people in need of support to enable them to mindfully, skillfully and confidently care for themselves, others and their environment. She believes that people flourish as they take ownership of their health and quality of life through tapping into education, intuition, empowerment, community, nature, spirit and sharing the highs and lows of life. She can be found farming, gardening, telling people way more than they wanted to know about plants and playing with plants in an unending variety of inspired ways! Her herbal products, integrative healing sessions, educational offerings and therapeutic gardening guidance and services are uniquely tailored by employing a variety of strategies such as bodywork, traditional spiritual healing, gems and essences, nature exploration, in-depth interactive research, DIY formulations, permaculture, regenerative growing, and plant-based foods and medicines.

 

Creative Basics of Photography-Classroom Session

 

 

 

 

Creative Basics of Photography-Shooting Session

In this shooting session we’ll take the new skills we’ve learned in the Creative Basics class and put them to use in the field. Scott will have a few simple exercises for you to do during the class that really bring home the skills we go over in the class and he’ll be there to answer your questions and help you along the way. It helps to take the Creative Basics classroom session prior to joining this class.

 

Price: $25, $20 members

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

Special Instructions: Please bring your camera and tripod for shooting outside in the gardens and dress appropriately for weather.

 

 

Crops in Pots

 

This class is great for apartment, condo and patio home dwellers who are short on outdoor space. Learn about the bounty of vegetable and herb container garden options. It is possible to grow vegetables without a plot of soil.

Learn about good container culture, soil, light, water, organic fertilizers, pesticides, frost protection, along with the best sized containers and how to create vertical support. You can even learn how to create mixed containers of vegetables, flowers and herbs.

 

Price: $37, $32 members

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

 

Photo: suzettesuzette (Flickr)

 

Curator Conversations – Human | Nature: Figures from the Craig Ponzio Sculpture Collection

Human | Nature: Figures from the Craig Ponzio Sculpture Collection presents sculptures that explore the human form in both classical and abstract styles, from the early 20th century to today. Featured artists hail from around the world and include Eric Fischl, Jacques Lipchitz, Sassona Norton, Beverly Pepper, Auguste Rodin and Manolo Valdés.

From sculpture to selfies to dance, the power of the human figure conveys and conjures a range of emotions. Human | Nature shares the expressive capacity of the human form against the backdrop of the Gardens’ diverse botanical environments.

Learn behind-the-scenes information about how this exhibition came to be with one of our curators.

 

Price: $17, $15 member, $13 student

 

Special instructions: Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation. These tours are not available for private parties.

Day of Mindfulness

In this workshop you will learn or deepen your understanding of the practice of mindfulness through teachings and direct experience of sitting and walking meditation, mindful yoga, and body scan. Inspired by the secular teachings of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, this workshop is designed to offer an urban retreat day as a way to de-stress and re-capture the joy of living each moment fully.

 

Instructor: Janet Solyntjes, MA, has taught meditation and body awareness disciplines since 1984. She teaches Mindfulness -Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in both non-profit and corporate settings internationally and is the co-founder of The Center for Courageous Living. Janet is an Adjunct Professor at Naropa University, a senior teacher for Shambhala International, and leads residential meditation programs at retreat centers in the US and Canada.

Price: $82, $72 members

 

Denver Orchid Society Show & Sale

Celebrate the orchid at the Denver Orchid Society's annual show and sale! Beautiful and exotic orchids will be available for purchase. Our experts will answer questions and the American Orchid Society will be judging entries in the show. Come celebrate with us! Included with admission.

 

Denver Rose Society Show

See what it takes to earn a judge's ribbon at the Rose Show! Enjoy the company of roses by classes, in arrangements, as photography subjects and by their fragrance.Included with admission.

 

Drawing from Your Photos- Online with On-site Component

ONLINE WITH ON-SITE COMPONENT

There are times when a live specimen is simply not an option. Discover how to work from photographs to create a successful illustration long after the specimen is gone. Start with instruction on taking effective photos for reference and editing them for clarity. Learn techniques to interpret and alter composition, color and lighting that will avoid that literal “drawn from a photo” look. Create a lasting plant portrait in colored pencil from your photos.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I.

Fee: $310 member, $405 non-member.

 

Date(s):

In-class sessions: Fri-Sat, June 21-22, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

**All assignments are to be completed no later than August 15, 2019**

Instructor: Susan Rubin

 

The Off-Site Learning Approach

Following the two-day concentrated classroom instruction, three internet sessions cover the remaining course elements. The successful completion of final artwork (a plate) one month (30 days) after the conclusion of the on-site session is the culmination of each of the distance learning courses.

 Students must use a scanner or digital camera to record their weekly achievements and email the high-resolution image to the instructor and the school manager. All student questions, as well as instructor answers, recommendations and suggestions are handled by email. The student must send a scan of the final plate to the instructor and the school manager in order to receive credit for the course.

 

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