Jeffco: "The Party for Parks"

From: Ed W.
Sent on: Thursday, March 7, 2013 9:10 AM

Hi After Work Hikers,


As we are very fortunate to be able to hike in various parks, I like to forward information about volunteer opportunities and events from the park systems we hike in.  Below is an announcement concerning “The Party for Parks” event being held jointly by Jefferson County Open Space Parks (“Jeffco”), Denver Mountain Parks, and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) on the evening of Friday, April 5.  We frequently hike in Jeffco and Denver Mountain Parks.  If you scroll down the email below, you can also see information on volunteer opportunities and Events and Classes held by Jeffco.


Ed White, Hike Leader & Organizer



From: Jefferson County Parks [mailto:[address removed]]
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Enriching Life  

Issue No. 8, March 2013  



Boettcher Mansion / CSU-Extension / Fairgrounds / Open Space


News & Information

Volunteer Corner

Nature Notes

Your Health

Blasts from the Past

Events Calendar (Lookout Mountain Nature Center, Hiwan Homestead, Fairgrounds, CSU Extension)



Jefferson County Parks


County Government


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BacktoTopParty for Parks: Our 40th Birthday      

Tom Hoby, CPRP
Jeffco Parks & Open Space


Part of the anticipation back in 1972 was how the voters' newly created Jeffco Open Space program would fare over time. Now 40 years later, there is universal agreement that this preservation effort has been worth the money, the effort and the patience.


Through the support and efforts of many elected officals, staff, volunteers, supporters and partners, we have preserved 52,000 acres of places to play, scenic landscapes and important natural areas. This birthday is a time to celebrate and give thanks to the many people that turned a vison into reality beyond the wildest of expectations. Early next month, the Party for Parks will do just that.


The Party for Parks will be held from 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 5 at the Red Rocks Amphitheater Visitor Center, and tickets are now on sale at Food, drinks and lively auctions will be included in the festivities. All proceeds benefit the Jeffco Outdoors Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps preserve public park lands and supports programs that connect youth and families to nature.


Denver Mountain Parks and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) will be joining us to celebrate their 100th and 20th birthdays respectively. Together the three organizations have preserved more than 62,000 acres of public land and created the countless outdoor recreation opportunities that make Jefferson County such a great place.


The Party for Parks will launch a series of events through the year to mark the 40th anniversary of Jeffco Open Space. We hope to see you at the Party for Parks, one of the ensuing events, or out enjoying yourself at one of our 28 Parks.


Happy trails,


Tom Hoby, CPRP


Jeffco Parks & Open Space





"One kind word can warm three winter months."

- Japanese Proverb





APPLY FOR THE TRAIL STEWARDSHIP TEAM -- Teens aged 14 to 18 are encouraged to apply this month for the Trail Stewardship Team (TST). Created in 1975, the TST builds trails, a positive work ethic and ties to the community. The application period is open March 1 through March 31. Interested teens must be a Jefferson County resident, in good health and have reliable transportation. For more information or to apply, please click here.


CROWN HILL PARK MEETINGS AND SURVEY -- Jeffco Parks is hosting a community meeting from 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 11 at the Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center, 6363 W. 35th Avenue, to discuss potential changes at Crown Hill Park. The facilitated discussion will provide a forum for information sharing and community comments related to the Crown Hill Park Project. This meeting will include some small group discussion. Another community gathering will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center. Public input is also being sought through the 2013 Crown Hill Park Survey. To register for the survey, please send an e-mail to [address removed] no later than Monday, March 18. The deadline to complete and return the survey is Thursday, March 21.  


4-H OFFERS BABYSITTER TRAINING DURING SPRING BREAK -- Do you know a young adult age 11-13 who's thinking of bolstering his or her bank account with a babysitting job? Jefferson County 4-H is offering two Red Cross babysitter training classes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26. The skills learned will be invaluable when caring for children, and the course will fill those spring break hours with camaraderie and new friendships. The registration fee of $60 covers all class materials and a healthy snack. Please bring a bag lunch. Each session can only hold 20 participants, so be sure to register early. Please call[masked] for more information.  


LOVE AT THE FAIRGROUNDS -- The Jefferson County Fairgrounds were visited by a special couple on Valentine's Day. These lovebirds had made a commitment to go winter camping together, and they found the perfect place to pitch their tent at the Fairgrounds. The temperature that night dipped into the low teens and several inches of snow coated the ground; the couple was gone early the next morning! For their fortitude the Fairgrounds gave the lovers several gifts, including insulated mugs, instant coffee packets, chocolate and a flashlight.   


REGISTER NOW FOR NATIVE PLANT MASTER COURSES -- Interested in learning more about Colorado native plants, including which ones you could add to your landscape or what weeds to control on your property this summer? Colorado State University Extension's Native Plant Master course offerings for March and April are filling up fast. Click here for a complete list of area classes. If you'd like to be notified about future opportunities, please sign up here.


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Seasonal closures went into effect Friday, March 1 at North Table Mountain Park, Crown Hill Park and Cathedral Spires Park to provide an undisturbed refuge for nesting birds. Please respect these closures and allow young birds the best chance at fledging.


  • Crown Hill Park Wildlife Refuge

(March 1 - June 30)

  • Cathedral Spires Park

(March 1 - July 31, with a reduced closure in May)

  • North Table Mountain Park: Rim Rock Trail

(March 1 - July 31)


Western Chorus Frog



FROGWATCH VOLUNTEERS COMPLETE PILOT SURVEY -- Volunteers identified three species of frogs in Jefferson County during an initial auditory survey: the western chorus frog, the northern leopard frog and the invasive American bullfrog. The goal of the pilot study was to determine the presence or absence of the six possible species of frogs that could potentially exist in the county. Additional volunteer monitoring will study the peak breeding times of the three present species. The program aims to benefit species conservation and resource

management decision-making. Click here for more information on becoming a volunteer for the  

Jefferson County chapter of Frogwatch USA. 



Wood Ducks



Wings of Spring

by Naturalist Amanda Peterson

Lookout Mountain Nature Center


As winter wears on this time of year, I start to anticipate the heralds of spring: migratory birds returning from a winter spent in warmer climates. Parks in Jefferson County play an important role in welcoming these birds. For many, Jefferson County is their final destination. They come to the foothills to find a place for courtship and to raise a family. Other birds simply lay over here, taking advantage of opportunities to rest and find food before they continue their migration north. Several of our Parks provide critical habitat for particularly sensitive bird species, and seasonal closures began March 1 at North Table Mountain Park, Crown Hill Park, and Cathedral Spires Park to create undisturbed refuges where birds can safely nest and rear their young.


At North Table Mountain Park, the area north of Mesa Top Trail is closed March 1 to July 31 to protect cliff-nesting species such as Prairie Falcons and Cliff Swallows, as well as ground-nesting birds such as the Western Meadowlark and Grasshopper Sparrow. Both cliff and ground nesting are precarious, so leaving this area undisturbed by human visitors (as well as their canine companions) will help young birds have the best chance at fledging.


Crown Hill Park's Kestrel Pond Refuge provides both nesting and migratory stopover opportunities for wetland birds, including Virginia Rail, Sora, Wood Duck, and Yellow-headed Blackbird. The refuge will be closed March 1 to June 30, and access is only permitted for groups guided by staff on educational programs or research activities.


The closure at Cathedral Spires Park protects Peregrine Falcons, which nest on the rocky cliff face. Volunteers and staff will monitor nesting activity at this popular rock-climbing area, and once determining the nest site, the closure may be partially lifted if it is possible to allow access to sections that will not affect the raptors.


We hope that you will get outside and enjoy all that Jeffco Parks has to offer this spring. Please plan ahead and respect these seasonal closures. If you would like to learn more about migratory birds, you can contact the Lookout Mountain Nature Center at[masked] to find out about upcoming naturalist-guided birding programs. For more information about these closures, please call Jefferson County Open Space at[masked]-5925.


Do you have a topic or question you'd like to see featured in Nature Notes? We'd love to hear it! Submit your idea to [address removed] and we'll include your contribution in the next issue of Panorama -- and give you credit, of course!  


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Reconnecting Kids to the Outdoors

by Tim Sandsmark, Administrator  

Lookout Mountain Nature Center


I'm probably preaching to the choir, because those of us who enjoy Jefferson County Open Space likely spend a lot of time outside. If I were to ask you how you became interested in the outdoors, chances are you would tell me about your experiences as a child spending time outside.


Alarmingly, today, the desire to spend time outdoors is not a foregone conclusion. Kids here in Colorado and across the nation are spending less time outdoors. Research shows that the average child now spends more than six hours each day staring at some form of electronic screen. This lifestyle impacts their health, learning ability, creativity and understanding of the world.


Children who play outside:

  • Are more active and physically fit and have better self esteem
  • Have dramatically better standardized test scores and grade point averages
  • Display reduced symptoms of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Are more creative and have lower stress levels

A major national movement is growing to connect our kids to nature. Many national organizations have embraced the "No Child Left Inside" movement, and on Earth Day 2009, the No Child Left Inside Act was introduced simultaneously in the U.S. House and Senate.


If this bill passes it will mark the first time in 25 years that Congress has passed environmental education legislation. The bill calls for $100 million per year for five years to fund environmental education, as well as support professional development for teachers through outdoor learning activities. To be considered for funding support, states will be required to develop environmental literacy plans.  


Work has already begun in Colorado to draft a state Environmental Literacy Plan, and we are staying apprised of this process. Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Jeffco Open Space are active members of the Colorado Kids Outdoors Coalition, which is working with Lieutenant Governor's Office to develop and implement a statewide plan that restores our children's health and connection to the outdoors. For more information about this effort and forum dates and locations, please visit


There are many barriers to getting children outside, such as kids electing to stay indoors because that's where the electrical outlets are. Other obstacles include kids being overextended with other activities, liability concerns, transportation, safety fears, and lack of access to outdoor opportunities. Some of these barriers are beyond our control, but as Open Space volunteers and staff we can play an important role in providing access to nature.


These efforts and the efforts of others in the state and nation will hopefully help reduce our "nature deficit disorder" and move us toward the goal of reconnecting kids with the outdoors in a healthy, meaningful, and safe manner.


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February 2013 Wedding Show at Boettcher Mansion.



WEDDING SEASON NEARS AT THE HISTORIC BOETTCHER MANSION -- With the warmer months approaching, things are already heating up at Boettcher Mansion. The charming events venue hosted a Wedding Show on Feb. 23 with more than 30 vendors on hand. The mansion typically hosts two Wedding Shows a year, and the next is scheduled for Oct. 20, 2013.

The Hiwan Homestead Museum brings the past to the present. The list of upcoming 2013 events includes a War of 1812 program, a re-creation of the Gettysburg Address, a celebration of Jeffco Open Space's 40th birthday, the showing of a silent Western film complete with a live pianist, and much, much more. Check out the full list of events, programs and exhibits here.    




Events are organized by date and color-coded to match their host Park. Underlined text indicates a hyperlink.  


Colorado State University Extension  

(full schedule)   


Hiwan Homestead Museum


Jefferson County Fairgrounds

(full schedule)  


Lookout Mountain Nature Center   

(register here)   


LMNC programs are FREE and registration is required unless otherwise noted. Register online or by calling[masked]-7600. Looking for a program for your class, scout troop, or other group? Visit our website or call to learn about group programs.




Bridge Tournament   

Thursday, March 7 - Sunday, March 10 (Fairgrounds) 


Toddler Times: Amazing Antlered Animals

10:15 and 11:15 a.m., Thursday, March 7 (Lookout Mountain Nature Center)

Take a gentle hike, hear a story and make a craft as you learn all about elk and deer. (Ages 2-5, with an adult.)


Jr. Astronomers: Celestial Scavenger Hunt

6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, March 9 (Alderfer/Three Sisters Park)

Kids ages 6-10 are invited to a night sky treasure hunt. Join Astronomy Team members for an interactive, engaging look at the night sky with activities, telescopes, games and more. (Ages 6-10, with an adult.)


Table Mountain Treasures UFDC Doll Show 

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16 (Fairgrounds)


G.O. Club

1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 16 (Lookout Mountain Nature Center)

The Get Outdoors (G.O.) and Explore Club programs are unstructured, playful nature excursions that feature activities for parents to help their children connect with the natural world. (All ages.)


40th Anniversary Exhibit   

Begins March 19 (Hiwan Homestead Museum) 

Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Jefferson County Historical Society and Jefferson County Open Space, which was voted into existence in 1972 and began receiving funds in 1973. Displays will center on important points in history, interesting facts about the development of Open Space and a variety of memorabilia. 


Toddler Times: Amazing Antlered Animals

10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Thursday, March 21 (Lookout Mountain Nature Center)

Take a gentle hike, hear a story and make a craft as you learn all about elk and deer. (Ages 2-5, with an adult.)


Beautiful Junk Sale 

7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday, March 22  (Fairgrounds)

8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23 (Fairgrounds)


Jr. Naturalists: Earth Stewards

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturday, March 23 (Lair o' the Bear Park)

Being an Earth Steward is easy. Kids ages 6-10 are invited to learn simple ways they can care for and connect to the natural world during this interactive two-mile hike. (Ages 6-10, with an adult.)


An Original Duck-umentary

10 a.m - 12 p.m. Sunday, March 24 (Crown Hill Park)

Supremely adaptable, intensely social, proven survivors, ducks are a perfect blend of wings, wind and water. Learn more on this guided walk through Crown Hill's wetlands. (All ages.)


Full Crow Moon Yoga Practice and Meditation

7-8:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 (Lookout Mountain Nature Center)

Native Americans celebrate the first cawing of the crows in March as one of the first signs of spring. Please join us for a thoughtful, flowing yoga practice honoring the Full Crow Moon, which will rise outside the Nature Center windows as we finish our practice with a silent meditation. (Ages 10+.)


Easter Pancake Breakfast  

8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday, March 31 (Fairgrounds) 


Toddler Times: Hawks

10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Thursday, April 4 (Lookout Mountain Nature Center)

Look up for hawks on Lookout Mountain. Discover the awesome adaptations of these amazing birds. (Ages 2-5, with an adult.)


Toddler Times: Hawks

10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Saturday, April 6 (Lookout Mountain Nature Center)

Look up for hawks on Lookout Mountain. Discover the awesome adaptations of these amazing birds. (Ages 2-5, with an adult.)


Observatory Open House

8:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13 (Pine Valley Ranch Park)

Join Astronomy Team members for an engaging look at the night sky and a tour of the historic William Baehr Observatory. Along the hike up Star View trail, stop at stations to view constellations, Saturn, nebula and more. Weather permitting, view through historic and modern telescopes. (Ages 10+.)


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Jefferson County Open Space
700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 100
Golden, CO 80401

CSU Extension Office
15200 W. 6th Ave., Suite C
Golden, CO 80401

Lookout Mountain Nature Center

910 Colorow Road
Golden, CO  80401

Hiwan Homestead Museum
4208 S. Timbervale Drive
Evergreen, Colorado 80439

Boettcher Mansion
900 Colorow Road
Golden, CO 80401

Jefferson County Fairgrounds
15200 W. 6th Ave.
Golden, CO 80401

Weed & Pest Management
700 Jefferson County Parkway
Golden, CO 80401

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