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News Release

Colorado Land Conservation Appreciation Week: June 3 - 9, 2013

Department: Natural Resources
Release Date: May 24, 2013

Contact Information:

Heather Young, Education Program Coordinator, (970) 679-4489

Coloradans take pride in the public and private lands that define our Western heritage. In recognition that land is fundamental to almost everything that makes Colorado a great place to live and visit, local land trusts and local government open space programs will be celebrating Colorado Land Conservation Appreciation Week, June 3-9 2013. Local celebrations will raise awareness of the vital importance of land conservation to our physical and mental health, and to the state’s economic well-being. 
Here in Larimer County we will celebrate with several events throughout the week. Please join us. And if you can, bring along some friends or family members who would like to learn more about the value of land conservation and what it provides for Coloradans. You can also help us spread the word to your Facebook friends.  
A web page with more information and a complete calendar of local events during Colorado Land Conservation Appreciation Week is available at: or by following the appreciation week on Facebook: We promise you a great time and hope to see you out on Larimer County’s parks and open spaces to celebrate all the wonderful work done to protect the special places that make Colorado a phenomenal place to live, work and play.
·         Wednesday, June 5 “Nature Notes Club” Join the Nature Notes Club for their June meeting. You’ll get the chance to journal in the vein of Leopold or Muir with this fun group of people. This program will be stationary with some easy walking. Approximately 3 hour program. Please dress appropriately for the weather, and bring along all of your journaling supplies. Nature Notes meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, usually during the day. Contact Heather at (970) 679-4489 for more details, such as time and location.
·         Thursday, June 6 at 9:00 a.m. “Hermit Park Treasure Hunt” It’s free day at Hermit Park Open Space, and we’re celebrating with a treasure hunt! Discover all the treasures of the area: camping, cabin rentals, wildflowers, wildlife, hiking and the history of this unique gem of the Estes Valley. Activities will be held between 9:00 am and 4:00pm. Hermit Park Open Space is located off Hwy 36 just east of Estes Park. Program is free. No registration required. Bring along water and dress for the weather. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489. This program is in coordination with Estes Valley Land Trust.
·         Saturday, June 8 at 9:30 a.m. “Get Outdoors Day” This national event celebrates America’s great outdoors. Bring the whole family to Spring Canyon Park, located at 3156 S. Overland Trail in Fort Collins, to try new ways to get outdoors, and learn where to go in Larimer County! Come out anytime between 9:30 am and 2:00 pm. Please direction questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
·         Saturday, June 8 at 8:00 a.m. “Tiger of the Skies” Join Naturalist Bob at River Bluffs Open Space, located just west of the I-25/Windsor interchange off of CR32E, and learn why the Great-horned owl is known as the tiger of the sky and more fun facts about these nocturnal hunters. Approximately 2 hour program/bird watching. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring along some water. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
·         Saturday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. “Hummingbirds: In a Heartbeat” Did you know that hummingbirds migrate hundreds of miles each year? Or how to tell the Ruby-throated apart from the Rufous varieties? Learn the answers to these questions and more with naturalist Bob at Carter Lake Eagle Campground, located southwest of Loveland, with a program dedicated to the smallest of the woodland birds. Approximately 1 hour stationary program. Program is free, but a $7 day use fee applies. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
·         Saturday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. “Wildlife of Hermit Park” Join Search and Rescue volunteer and local wildlife expert, Jayne, for an interactive program with skins and skulls to learn about the wildlife that call Hermit Park Open Space home. This open space and campground is located 2 miles southeast of Estes Park along Hwy 36. Meet at the Hermit’s Cabin. Program is free, but a $6 day use fee applies. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
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