Lake Pueblo State Park is celebrating the Fourth of July week with programs for young and old alike. You do not have to be a camper to enjoy any of the events; they are all open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult and remember to dress for hot weather. All programs are free, but all vehicles entering the park must have a daily pass, $7, or an annual pass, $70. For additional information, please call 719-748-3863.
As a reminder, Lake Pueblo State Park is still under the Pueblo County Stage II fire ban which prohibits any open burning, including campfires, warming fires, charcoal grill fires, fireworks and any other type of open flame. Smoking is also prohibited, except in an enclosed vehicle or building. Fires contained within liquid or gas fueled stoves are permitted. Additional restrictions apply at the Rock Canyon Swim Beach.
Tuesday, July 3
Full Moon, Stars & Stripes Hike at the Arkansas Point Campground Office, 8:30 p.m. — Join Park Naturalist Dr. Sandy on a hike along the Conduit Trail under a full moon. Pre-registration is NOT required, but make sure to bring water, a red light and the ability to use your senses!
Thursday, July 5
Owls of Lake Pueblo at the Visitor Center, 9 a.m. – noon — Join Park Naturalist Marcia in discovering the owls of Lake Pueblo and what they eat by dissecting an owl pellet. Don’t know what an owl pellet is? Come to this unique program and find out!
Kite Flying Contest at the Swim Beach, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. — Make good use of the winds that tear through Pueblo and go fly a kite! Bring your own kite, if you have one, and if not, kites will be provided. Prizes for most unique kite, best trick, and highest flying. Unlike Declaration of Independence signer, Benjamin Franklin, we will NOT be flying kites in inclement weather!
Evening Bird Watching at Free Parking, 7 – 8:30 p.m. — Park Naturalist Dr. Sandy will be on hand at Free Parking to answer your questions about the birds of Lake Pueblo. View shorebirds, waterfowl, seagulls, and perhaps an elusive owl.
Friday, July 6
Little Naturalists; meet at the Visitor Center, 9 – 10:30 a.m. — The Little Naturalist programs are designed for children ages 4-8 to inspire young children to embrace nature and to encourage children and parents to enjoy the outdoors together. Each program includes a hands-on activity. All programs are on Friday mornings from 9 – 10:30 a.m. and meet at the Visitor Center. Children must be accompanied by an adult, but pre-registration is NOT required.
Something’s Fishy at the Swim Beach, 1 – 3 p.m. — Park Naturalist Marcia leads an art project with various fish found at Lake Pueblo.
Skins and Skulls at the Visitor Center, noon – 3 p.m., at the Arkansas Point Campground office, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m., and at the Northern Plains Campground Office 7 – 10 p.m. — Can you identify an animal by just its skin or skull? Touch and examine the furs and skulls of the animals that call Lake Pueblo home including a coyote hide and beaver pelt. Park Naturalist Dr. Sandy will be available to help you identify the different animal skins and skulls and answer any questions you might have. Stop by anytime as she takes this program around the park!
Saturday, July 7
Fill the Bill at the Visitor Center, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. — Can a hummingbird crack a nut? Does a woodpecker eat fish? Have you seen a duck drink flower nectar? What a bird eats depends on its beak. Discover how different types of bird bills are uniquely adapted to eat various foods with this fun, hands-on activity.
Skins and Skulls at the Swim Beach, 1 -3 p.m. — Can you identify an animal by just its skin or skull? Touch and examine the furs and skulls of the animals that call Lake Pueblo home including a coyote hide and beaver pelt. Park Naturalist Marcia will be available to help you identify the different animal skins and skulls and answer any questions you might have.
Boat Parade at the South Marina, dusk — Decorate your boat in red, white and blue in celebration of Independence Day and join in the Boat Parade at the South Marina. Or if you’re boatless, you can still join the fun by watching the parade of lights from the shorelines.
Sunday, July 8
A Dog’s Walk in the Park at the Visitor Center, 8:30 a.m. — Enjoy a walk with Park Naturalist Marcia and Super-Dog Plutis and bring your four-legged friend out for a stroll along the beautiful Arkansas River. Make sure your furry companion plays well with others, has a 6-foot leash, lots of water to drink and poop bags. Pre-registration is not required.
Skins and Skulls at the Visitor Center 12:30 – 3 p.m. — Can you identify an animal by just its skin or skull? Touch and examine the furs and skulls of the animals that call Lake Pueblo home including a coyote hide and beaver pelt. Park Naturalist Dr. Sandy will be available to help you identify the different animal skins and skulls and answer any questions you might have.
Making Tracks for Home at the Swim Beach, 3:30 – 5 p.m. — Join Park Naturalist Dr. Sandy in making casts of animal tracks that you can take home! Learn how to identify different animals by their tracks and how to track animals in the wild. Tracks will be made during the first hour as they must cure for at least 30 minutes, so arrive early!
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