- LAST MINUTE, UNHOSTED - LGBT Float on the Green River with Centennial Canoe
Seats are still available for a float down the Green River through Labyrinth Canyon with Centennial Canoe Company. Last year the company was bought by a lesbian, Brooke Ranney, and she is offering a LGBT-only trip this year (and hopefully next year in coordination with us). The trip is 5 days, 4 nights on tandem canoes. All your gear is transported and meals will be cooked for you; happy hour with wine will also be featured. Cost is $614; paddlers will meet in Moab. For more information and to sign up, see http://www.centennialcanoe.com/destinations/?river=6
- Wild Happy Hour with Congresswoman DeGette
Change makers unite with Congresswoman Diana DeGette this month to discuss her 2019 Colorado Wilderness Act bill at Dos Luces Brewery on South Broadway. Come hear Congresswoman DeGette speak about her 2019 wilderness bill that would protect more than 740,000 acres of public lands as wilderness. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, discover where the new wilderness areas are and provide feedback about those places with our interactive activity. We will have appetizers for you to enjoy while we share, learn, and mingle with each other and the Congresswoman. We are powerful, together. Let's build lasting change. Let's ensure equitable access outdoors. Let's show our wild side to the outdoors.
- International Ocean Film Tour – DENVER (unhosted)
This Saturday, June 8, is World Oceans Day, and the International Ocean Film Tour is coming back to Colorado just in time to celebrate! The evening will showcase six inspiring films encompassing ocean adventures, surfing, sailing, diving, sharks, pirates, and ocean conservation. There will be giveaways at intermission including gear from Hydro Flask. Join the Inland Ocean Coalition, Ocean First, and Sea Shepherd to celebrate and protect our oceans. More information and watch the trailer here: https://us.oceanfilmtour.com/ Tickets are $18 and are sold in advance only—they will not be available at the door. Buy tickets here: https://www.landmarktheatres.com/denver/mayan-theatre/private-screenings NOTE: This is an unhosted event.
- International Ocean Film Tour – BOULDER (unhosted)
This Saturday, June 8, is World Oceans Day, and the International Ocean Film Tour is coming back to Colorado just in time to celebrate! The evening will showcase six inspiring films encompassing ocean adventures, surfing, sailing, diving, sharks, pirates, and ocean conservation. There will be giveaways at intermission including gear from Hydro Flask. Join the Inland Ocean Coalition, Ocean First, and Sea Shepherd to celebrate and protect our oceans. More information, watch the trailer, and buy tickets here: https://tickets.thedairy.org/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=OceanFilmTour NOTE: This is an unhosted event.
- Antelope Park Loop Hike
This hike straddles the far western area of Hall Ranch and Button Rock Preserve. Our route takes us along North St. Vrain Creek for about a mile, then climbs through forest and descends past rock outcrops into the broad grassland of Antelope Park. There are striking views of snow-capped Longs, Meeker, and Twin Sisters, as well as peaks to the south of those. The loop continues west on the Button Rock Trail, crossing the wide meadow. After gaining elevation again in the trees, we’ll descend back to the creek via Sleepy Lion Trail. The hike is rated moderate at 7 miles round trip with 1050 feet cumulative elevation gain starting at 6000 feet. Our walking pace will be moderate. Bring at least one liter of water, snack & lunch, warm layer, rain gear, and sun protection. We will meet in north Boulder at 8:45 for a prompt departure from there at 9:00, returning in late afternoon. Optional après-hike refreshment stop in Lyons.
- Webinar to protect Colorado's lands and wildlife from leasing!
Protect CO's lands and wildlife habitats from dirty oil and gas leasing. RSVP for this webinar to learn how you can do more! Here is the webinar link: http://bit.ly/2W1SUfw Last year, we came together to stop oil and gas leasing near Great Sand Dunes National Park and won a permanent delay. But BLM isn't giving up on letting oil and gas drilling jeopardize Colorado's resources for private profit. This month, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) put thousands of acres of critical wildlife habitat up for lease for oil and gas drilling. This sale would even include the loss of nesting areas for the threatened Greater Sage Grouse. Right now, the BLM is taking public input on the bad leasing proposal. We can't trust industries with a long history of damaging important wildlife habitat, and polluting our air and water. But we can come together to make an impact and stop them. Join us on June 4 to learn how *you* can defend CO wildlife from BLM's bad lease sales! RSVP for the webinar today!
- Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park: Bridal Veil Falls Birding outing
NOTE: This event requires a non-refundable deposit of $10, payable by check or PayPal with your confirmed RSVP. Join GLS on a birding outing with Claudia Strijek on a hike to Bridal Veil Falls from the Cow Creek trailhead that will start early to synchronize our time with maximum bird activity, lasting until at least mid-afternoon. Due to our early start we may get to see wildlife such as deer, elk, turkey, coyote and fox. Claudia is no stranger to birding, having worked on breeding bird surveys with BLM, USGS, several non-profit bird observatories and universities for 5 seasons. She will help the group ID birds primarily by sound. We will be looking for tree nesters such as chickadees, nuthatches, wood peckers and jays but will likely see some raptors and warblers too. The hike will be an out-an-back 6+ mile round trip that starts at 7,885’, climbs steadily through meadows, ponderosa and aspen groves with a bit of scrambling on rocks that could be wet and/or icy, to get to the falls at 8,775’. Lumpy Ridge is visible on the way to the falls. At or near the falls we will have lunch then turn around and hike back to the trailhead. Overall the hike is rated moderate due to distance and amount of elevation gain - almost 1000’. We will take our time on the way to the falls, wandering off trail many times to stop to listen and try and spot birds using binoculars/take pictures, at a pace that is more casual and easy. Retracing our steps back to the trailhead will be at a more steady pace with our focus mostly hiking with occasional bird spotting. Due to the amount of snow and runoff this year, there could be wet conditions along the way. We will cross the creek at least twice. Bring a lunch, water, binoculars, birding books and/or phone app (to confirm sightings only, not for calling birds), layers, sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses), and sturdy hiking shoes. We will meet at 6 a.m. at the South Foothills/Four Mile park trailhead located on the south side of Lee Hill in North Boulder and will travel to the trailhead. No dogs or children please. We are keeping the outing to a small group in order to see as many species as possible – too many people means too much noise. When speaking during the trip, please keep your voice down so that others may still listen for birds. This outing will cost $10/person, a non-refundable deposit payable when you RSVP, plus gas money for drivers.
- The Unruly Mystic: John Muir (unhosted)
Special one-time screening at the Sie FilmCenter of the new documentary about John Muir. Tickets cost $11.50 ($7 for DFS members). More information and watch the trailer here: https://secure.denverfilm.org/tickets/film.aspx?id=30998 This is an unhosted event.
- Colorado Wilderness Conference ($$)
We are returning to Buena Vista to discuss the state’s most pressing Wilderness topics such as new designations, current management strategies, and grassroots organizing skills. The overarching themes will be: - Advocacy, Stewardship and Protections for Colorado’s Wildest Landscapes - Workshops, Speaker Panels, Networking & Field Trips - Volunteers, Staff and Wilderness Lovers Welcome! - Food, Drinks & Entertainment! Friday, 12:00pm - 7:00pm - Welcome & Introductions - County Commissioners: Breaking the paradigm of veto authority - 10-year Strategic Vision - Trail Clearing Challenges - Are Chainsaws the Answer? - Wilderness Manager Panel: Protecting what we already have DINNER - Film Screening: "Wild Hope" with Suez Jacobson Saturday, 8:30am - 5:00pm - Welcome & History of Wilderness - A Sportsman's Perspective: The Importance of Wilderness - The CORE Act - How to harness grassroots enthusiasm for this iconic campaign - Campaign Updates - Gunnison Public Lands Initiative, Dolores NCA, - - - - DeGette Wilderness Act, Forest Planning - Using Citizen Science to Help Protect and Promote Bighorn Sheep in SW CO - Recreation Impact Monitoring - A data analytics approach to land management - Happy Hour & Closing Remarks Sunday, 9:30am - 1:00pm - Field Trips: Browns Canyon National Monument, Camp Hale/CORE Act Areas You will need to reserve your ticket, which is $45 through the Colorado Mountain Club at: http://bit.ly/2GUyCQU