Boulder County Parks and Open Space – What’s Coming Up!

Wildflowers of Boulder County Slide Program
Thursday, April 10; 7:00pm to 8:30pmLouisville Public Library, 951 Spruce Street, Louisville
Join volunteer naturalists for a slide program to kick off the spring wildflower season! You’ll learn about the variety of wildflowers found in Boulder County, where and when to look for them, and some interesting facts about some of our native plants.
Rattlesnake Hike
Saturday, April 12; 10:00am to 12:30pm
Rabbit Mountain Open Space; NE of Lyons on north 55th Street; meet at group picnic shelter
Enjoy a moderate 2-mile spring hike at Rabbit Mountain and learn about this fascinating reptile, which can be found in the plains and foothills of Boulder County. Volunteer naturalists will share information about the western rattlesnake, including habitat, ecology, behavior, and how to be safe in rattlesnake country. Participants should bring water and wear closed-toe hiking shoes/boots.
Doc Susie — Early Colorado Lady Doctor
Saturday, April 12; 11:00am to noon
Walker Ranch Homestead; 8999 Flagstaff Road, about 7 miles west of Boulder
Dr. Susan Anderson, or “Doc Susie,” was the first woman doctor in Fraser, Colorado.  She arrived there in 1907 and practiced medicine until 1956.  Hear about Doc Susie’s life, her patients and career in medicine, struggles, triumphs, and the changes she saw over the years.

Forest and Fire Ecology Hike
Sunday, April 13; 10:00am to noon
Bald Mountain Scenic Area; 5 miles west of Boulder on Sunshine Canyon Drive (Mapleton Ave. in Boulder city limits)
Join volunteer naturalists for an easy one-mile hike to learn about the natural role of fire in ponderosa pine ecosystems, and some of the forest management practices that can lessen the effects of wildfires. You will also see evidence of the 2010 Fourmile Canyon fire, learn about some of the rehabilitation efforts that have been employed, and observe how the landscape recovers over time.
The Mystery of Bird Migration Slide Program
Tuesday, April 22; 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Longmont Public Library, Meeting Rooms A & B, 4th Avenue and Emery Street, Longmont
Some birds are seen year-round in Boulder County, some only in summer or winter, and some birds visit only briefly in spring or fall. Learn why birds make seasonal journeys, how they know when and where to go, how they find their way, and what brings them back year after year? Join volunteer naturalists Larry Arp and Vicki Braunagel to explore these and other fascinating mysteries surrounding the amazing world of bird migration.
The Mystery of Bird Migration Bird Walk
Saturday, April 26; 8:00am to 10:00am
Registration is limited; meeting location will be provided to registered participants
Join volunteer naturalists Larry Arp and Vicki Braunagel to explore the joys of bird watching during prime migration season! Learn tips for recognizing different types of birds, including songbirds, ducks and waterfowl, wading birds, raptors, and more. Please be prepared for a slow-paced walk of up to 2 miles. Bring water, walking shoes/boots, and binoculars and a bird field guide if you have them. Register by emailing, or by calling 303-678-6214 by Thursday, April 24.

Hike for Seniors
Thursday, April 24; 10:00-noon; Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat Area (meet at the group picnic shelter at Cottonwood Marsh)
The last Thursday of every month, Boulder County Parks and Open Space hosts a nature hike for seniors at a county park.  Programs include information about an area’s history, wildlife and current resource management projects, unless specified otherwise. NO REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY. For more information and directions to open space properties, please call 303-678-6214.
Senior Fish-off
Friday, April 26th; 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Wally Toevs Pond at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitation 75th St, between Valmont Rd. and Jay Road, Boulder
Prizes will be awarded for heaviest rainbow trout, most experienced (oldest) angler, best fishing hat, and best fishing joke. The trout have fattened up and are biting!
Open to all Boulder County seniors 64 years and older
•             All anglers must sign in—no fishing before 6:30 a.m.
•             Valid 2014 Colorado fishing license required
•             Live bait and artificial flies/lures permitted—bring your own fishing gear
•             Wheelchair-accessible fishing pier is available
For more information, contact Michelle Bowie at 303-678-6216 or
Spring Heritage Day at the Walker Ranch Homestead
Sunday, April 27; 10:00am to 3:00pm
Walker Ranch Homestead; 8999 Flagstaff Mountain Road, approximately 7.5 miles west of Boulder on Flagstaff Road
Spring is a new beginning – planting gardens, repairing buildings, bringing baby animals into the world. That was also true for local ranch families in the 1880’s. Join us at the Walker Ranch homestead for a peek into pioneer living in springtime. Smell what’s cooking in the log house, chat with the blacksmith, and experience hands-on traditional activities with costumed volunteers.
I Spy Beaks and Feet!
Wednesday, April 30; 10:00am to 11:00am
Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat Area; 75th Street between Valmont Road and Jay Road; meet at group picnic shelter near Cottonwood Marsh
Birds eat a lot of different foods — seeds, insects, fish, and other animals. Come join volunteer naturalists to learn how a bird’s beak and feet help them find and eat their favorite foods. We will watch for local birds and find out where they live, eat, and have babies. This program is for preschool children and their families.

****For information about these programs or to arrange a volunteer-led program for your group please contact: Larry Colbenson, Natural History Program Coordinator, Boulder County Parks and Open Space – 303-678-6214 or
Museum Agricultural Heritage Center
8348 Ute Highway 66, west of Longmont
Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, April through October. Admission is free.
Visit the farm for a glimpse into the history of agriculture in Boulder County and enjoy the rural surroundings.
Tours of the site are offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am.
Site Highlights
• Two barns
• The big red barn contains interactive exhibits for all ages to enjoy—including a real tractor cab!
• Livestock on site April through October
• 1909 Farmhouse furnished with period furniture
• Milk house
• Blacksmith shop (in use during special events)