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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

 

 

Trip - Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region - RMBL

 

The small town of Gothic is an historic site for many reasons. An old mining town, a point of access to incredible displays of the Southern Rockies wildflowers, and the world famous RMBL (Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratories). Join two of the authors of  Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region  as we get an insider's look at this beautiful location and have a couple of days to explore the surrounding areas on guided hikes. You will learn about the high elevation pollinators and their importance to the alpine ecosystems. On hikes you will get to experience a variety of the areas interesting hikes and use that Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountain Region book you have been studying. High sagebrush steppe, Montane forest, Wildflower meadows, and right at hand is the quaint and quirky town of Crested Butte. We will be staying in the cabins on the RMBL site and living like and amongst the scientist whom hone their craft in this one of a kind living laboratory.

 

Price: $1050, $890 member, $500 deposit due by June 28 to reserve spot. Deadline extended*

Guides: Sonya Anderson

Additional Details:

All rooms are double or triple occupancy.
Room assignments will be made based on gender.
All meals are included in the dining hall.
Participants should bring a warm sleeping bag, RMBL does not provide blankets or sheets.
Participants are responsible for cleaning their cabin during their stay, there is no maid or cleaning service.
Check-in is at strictly 2 pm on the day of arrival.

 

See RMBL website for more details. www.rmbl.org

 

Vegetable Gardening on the High Plains: Heirloom and Beyond

*all sessions are individual registrations, students can take the full series or individual classes based on your interest

$34, $29 member for each session

Session 1: Saturday April 6- Learn how to start your veggie garden entirely from seeds! This class covers seed-starting basics and home propagation techniques. Learn how to maximize garden space at home through efficient garden planning and how many of each variety to start based on your needs as well as the best ways to organize vegetable beds.

Session 2: Saturday June 8 – Learn the best way to plant your veggie garden and the basics of garden maintenance, including soils and fertilization, watering and pest management. Learn about crop selection and vegetable varieties that are well suited to the climate of Colorado’s front-range. Get your hands dirty practicing the basics of planting and garden soil prep in the garden.

Session 3: Saturday August 3 – Get the basics of harvesting from your veggie garden. Proper harvest techniques and ongoing plant maintenance (including trellising, pruning, etc.) are covered. Look ahead at how to extend the growing season and transition a vegetable garden into the autumn with hardy leafy greens and other fall crops.

 

Instructor: Michael Guidi

Michael is a horticulturist at Denver Botanic Gardens and oversees Mordecai Children’s Garden, a diverse garden showcasing Colorado life zones ranging from the plains to the alpine tundra; it also contains a demonstration vegetable garden. Rock gardening and native plants are his main area of interest, but he is passionate about growing food and urban agriculture. In the past, he has worked in hydroponic food production, greenhouse production and organic farming. Michael holds a B.S. in biology with a focus on plant physiology and ecology. He currently sits on the board of directors of the North American Rock Garden Society.

 

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

 

Wild Foraging Mushroom Basics

Head to a secret location with wild mushroom enthusiast Michael Heim for a day trip/mushroom foray and a walk in nature. Gain a firm handle on the foundations of mushroom identification as you locate a variety of medicinal and edible fungi growing in the wild. Discuss mushroom anatomy and learn the skills for contrasting mushrooms that may be poisonous with those that may inspire a dinner party. Bring your field guides to unlock some nature! Return with a better understanding of what it means to hunt for mushrooms and maybe 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. Location details will be emailed about a week prior to the program date.

- 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.

 

 

Wild Wednesday Hikes Through Colorado's Life Zones - Alpine

Loveland Pass

Spend the morning with a guide learning about Colorado's alpine life zone and searching for wildflowers. This hike will start off at Loveland Pass, a high alpine pass about 60 miles west of Denver. Here we will see several different alpine plant communities, including fell fields, dry and wet alpine meadows, and snow fields. Dozens of species of wildflowers will carpet the tundra in a short but magnificent display of color. The pass hosts moss campion, phlox, alpine forget-me-nots along with dozens of others. Afterwards, we will drive a few hundred yards down the road to Loveland Lake where riparian alpine wildflowers like Parry's primrose, gentians, and roseroot are plentiful. This hike will be moderate at 4 miles or fewer (in total).

 

This hike will take place at very high elevation, from 12,000 to 12,500 ft so be aware you may be short of breath and experience altitude-related fatigue at this elevation!

 

Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Michael Guidi

 

Michael Guidi joined Denver Botanic Gardens in 2017 as a horticulturist where he manages the native plant themed Mordecai Children's Garden. Rock gardening and native plants are his main areas of horticultural interest, but he is broadly interested in alpine and aridland flora and ecology. Michael holds a B.S. in biology with a focus on plant physiology and ecology and currently sits on the board of directors of the North American Rock Garden Society.

Wild Wednesday Hikes Through Colorado's Life Zones - Subalpine

 

Lake Isabelle

Spend the morning with a guide learning about Colorado's subalpine life zone and searching for wildflowers. Lake Isabelle is situated at 11,000 feet in the heart of the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Framed by Navajo, Apache, and Shoshoni peaks, this beautiful lake offers some of the most spectacular mountain scenery close to the front range. Just as spectacular are the abundant wildflowers along the trail and surrounding the lake. Along the way, the trail moves through subalpine forest of spruce and fir, crosses several wildflower-bordered streams, and eventually opens up to wide subalpine meadows surrounding the lake. Stands of bluebells, Penstemon, Erigeron, Paintbrush and Pedicularis will keep us busy on the 4.1 mile hike up to the lake.

 

This hike will take place at moderately high elevation, from 10,500 to 11,000 feet so be aware you may be short of breath and experience altitude-related fatigue at this elevation!

 

Price: $25, $20 member

Instructor: Michael Guidi

 

Michael Guidi joined Denver Botanic Gardens in 2017 as a horticulturist where he manages the native plant themed Mordecai Children's Garden. Rock gardening and native plants are his main areas of horticultural interest, but he is broadly interested in alpine and aridland flora and ecology. Michael holds a B.S. in biology with a focus on plant physiology and ecology and currently sits on the board of directors of the North American Rock Garden Society.

Workshop - Festival of Flowers: Floral Designing and Flower Feast

Spend an enchanting evening at Chatfield Farms celebrating the sensory delights of flowers. Led by the designers from Designs Inspired by You, create a lovely floral centerpiece. Then indulge in a delicious, farm-to-table dinner featuring edible flowers and fresh, organic produce. Discover how to incorporate edible flowers, the scrumptious flavors of summer and the art of flower arranging for delightful effect. Recipes, beverage, dinner and floral centerpiece included.

 

Price: $60, $55 member

Instructors: Lisa Weddel, Laura Tonner, and Susan Evans

 

Menu:

Blossom Boursin Cheese with Cracker Selection and Marinated Olives

Lemon/Ginger Chicken with Flower Confetti Salad 

Calendula Deviled Eggs

Rose Petal Biscuits with Herbed Butter 

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes with Crystallized Flowers  

 

Special Instructions: This program takes place outdoors at Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield Farms loacted at 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128.

 

Lisa Weddel AIFD PFCI has been in the floral industry for over 30 years. She has been active in all areas of the industry from designer, teacher to owner of several businesses. Lisa has a floriculture degree, is an Iowa Master florist, as well as being an accredited member of the American Institute of Floral Designers organization where she currently holds the position of President of the South-Central Chapter. In addition, Lisa has served on the Board of Trustees of the Professional Floral Communicators International as Chairman. This is an organization under the umbrella of the Society of American Florists.

Past floral accomplishments include designing at the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA for over 16 parades as a designer as well as a team leader. She designed on the floral team for President George W. Bush's 2005 Presidential Inauguration and will have the honor to design at the Kentucky Derby this coming May.

 

Laura Tonner has enjoyed working in the floral industry for 5 years. Her favorite part has been designing for weddings and events, but she has done just about everything. She has experience is retail, deliveries and the day to day operations of a small flower shop. All of this has led to her latest endeavor as the co-owner of Designs Inspired by You, the first of its kind floral experience studio.

Laura has a floral certificate from a local design school, won an academic scholarship from FAR (Floral Association of the Rockies) and has attended the Rose Parade as a designer two years.

 

Susan Evans specializes in empowering people to improve their health and lifestyle through herbal and wellness education. Let Susan introduce you to herbs for healing, cooking, gardening and crafting.

Susan has been cultivating and working with herbs for more than 30 years. She managed garden centers and greenhouses in Denver before starting her own organic landscaping business, Flowerscapes, which she owned and operated for 12 years. She has worked as a master gardener and volunteer naturalist for Jefferson County, Colorado.

She has a certificate in advanced clinical herbalism from the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder and has over 1,500 hours of clinical study and experience in the uses of medicinal plants. After attaining her certification in 1997, she founded Chrysalis Herbs. Since then, she has devoted herself to sharing her love and knowledge of herbs and gardening, helping people to reconnect with the beauty and healing aspects of the natural world.

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