12:57 pm - Friday December 15, 2017

Mueller State Park’s Upcoming Interpretive Programs

Come enjoy summer at Mueller State Park! Lace up your hiking boots, grab your friends and family and join us to learn about local wildlife, geology, and history. Mueller State Park is offering the following guided hikes and programs as it makes its way into summer. When hiking, always bring water, sun and rain protection and dress in warm layers. The hikes are free, but you must have a $7 daily pass or a $70 annual pass to enter the park.

For weather updates or for more information, call Mueller State Park at 719-687-2366.

 

Hike and Tone

Date: 7/16/2012

Time: 8 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Wapiti Trailhead

Join volunteer naturalist Nancy three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in July to spend a fun hour hiking the Wapiti trail while adding light resistance movement using 1-3 lbs. hand or wrist weights. This hike is designed to get your heart rate up and work those muscles in a beautiful environment.  Because you are moving your upper body and lower body in different ways, your core and stabilizer muscles are also working. This is a whole body workout. The session will end with stretching exercises at the Gazebo. Start your day right and join us for this fun hike! Please bring: water, light (1-3 lbs.) hand or wrist weights and dress in clothing that moves. Since the trail is loose gravel, best to have hiking boots or other shoes with good tread.

 

Osborn Homestead Hike

Date: 7/16/2012

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Black Bear Trailhead

Visit the Osborn Homestead to take in some views and travel back in time. Hear about what it was like to live in the mountains before modern conveniences with volunteer naturalist Penny on this 3-mile moderate hike. Bring sturdy shoes, rain and sun protection, layered clothing, water and snacks.

 

Kids Hike

Date: 7/16/2012

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Wapiti Trailhead

Kids of all ages are invited to experience a nature hike created just for them! They’ll explore their senses as they look for wildlife, smell ponderosa pines, listen for woodpeckers and feel piles of squirrel midden. Kids bring your parents, sturdy shoes, layered clothing, rain and sun protection, water and snacks.

 

Mueller’s Critters

Date: 7/16/2012

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Amphitheater

Can you name all the animals in the park? The montane environment of Mueller State Park attracts a large variety of creatures. Learn about these fascinating animals with interpretive naturalist Russ. Dress warmly.

 

Hike and Tone

Date: 7/18/2012

Time: 8 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Wapiti Trailhead

Join volunteer naturalist Nancy three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in July to spend a fun hour hiking the Wapiti trail while adding light resistance movement using 1-3 lbs. hand or wrist weights. This hike is designed to get your heart rate up and work those muscles in a beautiful environment.  Because you are moving your upper body and lower body in different ways, your core and stabilizer muscles are also working. This is a whole body workout. The session will end with stretching exercises at the Gazebo. Start your day right and join us for this fun hike! Please bring: water, light (1-3 lbs.) hand or wrist weights and dress in clothing that moves. Since the trail is loose gravel, best to have hiking boots or other shoes with good tread.

 

Kids Hike

Date: 7/18/2012

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Wapiti Trailhead

Kids of all ages are invited to experience a nature hike created just for them! They’ll explore their senses as they look for wildlife, smell ponderosa pines, listen for woodpeckers and feel piles of squirrel midden. Kids bring your parents, sturdy shoes, layered clothing, rain and sun protection, water and snacks.

 

Junior Naturalists – Signs of Life

Date: 7/18/2012
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Mueller State Park / Lost Pond Trailhead

Kids, second through sixth grade, grab your backpack and join naturalist Susie for an interesting hike to Lost Pond. We will return at approximately 2:30 p.m. Wear sturdy shoes and sun protection. Bring your backpack with water, rain gear, yummy snacks, your Junior Naturalist workbook and lightweight binoculars if you have them. This will count towards your Junior Naturalist patch. Parents are optional.

 

John Otto

Date: 7/18/2012

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Amphitheater

Colorado National Monument turned 100 last year, and without John Otto this area may never have been preserved! Travel back in time and learn about park promoter John Otto while he is colorfully portrayed by Colorado storyteller and writer, John Stansfield. It will be almost as if you’ll be hearing the story of Colorado National Monument from John Otto himself! Dress warmly.

 

Busy Busy Beavers

Date: 7/19/2012

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Homestead Trailhead

Kids of all ages are invited to learn more about beavers! You’ll learn some interesting things about Beavers with Frank the beaver puppet, volunteer naturalist Sharon and interpretive naturalist Norma. After that, anyone that is able can join Frank, Sharon and Norma on a three-mile hike to view Beaver habitat. We may even be able to see one of Frank’s cousins! Kids bring your parents, sturdy shoes, layered clothing, rain and sun protection, water, and snacks.

 

Da’ Bears

Date: 7/19/2012

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Amphitheater

American Black Bears can be one of the most exciting wildlife finds while hiking and camping. Interpretive naturalist Norma will explore the life of these creatures, revealing much information that goes unnoticed. Dress warmly.

 

Hike and Tone

Date: 7/20/2012

Time: 8 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Wapiti Trailhead

Join volunteer naturalist Nancy three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in July to spend a fun hour hiking the Wapiti trail while adding light resistance movement using 1-3 lbs. hand or wrist weights. This hike is designed to get your heart rate up and work those muscles in a beautiful environment.  Because you are moving your upper body and lower body in different ways, your core and stabilizer muscles are also working. This is a whole body workout. The session will end with stretching exercises at the Gazebo. Start your day right and join us for this fun hike! Please bring: water, light (1-3 lbs.) hand or wrist weights and dress in clothing that moves. Since the trail is loose gravel, best to have hiking boots or other shoes with good tread.

 

Kids Hike

Date: 7/20/2012

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Wapiti Trailhead

Kids of all ages are invited to experience a nature hike created just for them! They’ll explore their senses as they look for wildlife, smell ponderosa pines, listen for woodpeckers and feel piles of squirrel midden. Kids bring your parents, sturdy shoes, layered clothing, rain and sun protection, water and snacks.

 

Owl Touch Table

Date: 7/20/2012

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Visitor Center

Have you ever wondered what was in an owl pellet or how to identify owl feathers? Come meet volunteer naturalist Rose and she will share her knowledge on this mysterious nocturnal bird. Stop by anytime.

 

Small Blue Cloud

Date: 7/20/2012

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Amphitheater 

While Zebulon Montgomery Pike was searching for the headwaters to the Red River he saw a small blue cloud on the horizon. This small blue cloud turned out to be Pikes Peak! Learn all about the man our closest 14,000-foot peak is named after from the Pike National Historic Trail Association President and guest speaker, Harv Hisgen. Dress Warmly.

 

Cahill Cabin and Lost Still Hike

Date: 7/21/2012

Time: 8 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Grouse Mountain Trailhead

Get to know the dark side of Mueller’s history as you take a look at the pit where those notorious Cahill brothers made their moonshine. Volunteer naturalist Nancy will lead the way and share stories of old. Bring sturdy shoes with good tread, layered clothing, rain and sun protection, water and snacks.

 

Pond Safari

Date: 7/21/2012

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Dragonfly Pond

Grab the kids or bring out your inner child while viewing the critters who call our ponds home. The standing waters are hubs of activity for creatures large and small. Was that a caddisfly or a stonefly? Volunteer naturalist Charlene will be there to help you identify all that wiggles and waves. Dress in layers and bring sun and rain protection as this program meets outside.

 

Bone Wars

Date: 7/21/2012

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Amphitheater

Things can get messy when two paleontologists fight over bones. Guest speaker Paul Combs will tell the story of Othniel Marsh and Edward Cope, two professors and Victorian gentlemen who elevated their 30-year feud to bribery, slander, outright theft, and even beyond the grave! A weird story of old Colorado. You’re sure to enjoy this outlandish true story. Dress warmly.

 

Outlook Ridge Hike

Date: 7/22/2012

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Outlook Ridge Trailhead

Wander with volunteer naturalist Penny, experiencing flowers, trees, and animals on the trail. Travel to one, two or even three beautiful overlooks, the group decides how far to go! The beautiful views alone will be worth the hike! Bring sturdy shoes, layered clothing, rain and sun protection, water, snacks and sense of adventure.

 

Skins and Skulls Touch Table

Date: 7/22/2012

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Visitor Center

Touch and examine the skins and skulls of animals that call Mueller State Park home, including a mountain lion hide and beaver pelt. Volunteer naturalist Penny will be available to tell you all about the different coats and skulls. Stop by anytime.

 

Songs and Games to Keep Your Campfire Burning

Date: 7/22/2012

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Amphitheater

Hang out at the campfire tonight with volunteer naturalist Anne. We’ll be singing songs, and playing games that you’ll want to try later with your friends and family. Don’t forget the kids, water, and blankets. Dress warmly.

 

Hike and Tone

Date: 7/23/2012

Time: 8 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Wapiti Trailhead

Join volunteer naturalist Nancy three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in July to spend a fun hour hiking the Wapiti trail while adding light resistance movement using 1-3 lbs. hand or wrist weights. This hike is designed to get your heart rate up and work those muscles in a beautiful environment.  Because you are moving your upper body and lower body in different ways, your core and stabilizer muscles are also working. This is a whole body workout. The session will end with stretching exercises at the Gazebo. Start your day right and join us for this fun hike! Please bring: water, light (1-3 lbs.) hand or wrist weights and dress in clothing that moves. Since the trail is loose gravel, best to have hiking boots or other shoes with good tread.

 

Rock Pond Hike

Date: 7/23/2012

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Rock Pond Trailhead

The new rock canyon trail is unique to Mueller, and some have said it is their favorite trail in the park. Join volunteer naturalist Nancy on this four-mile loop to find out why! Bring sturdy shoes, layered clothing, rain and sun protection, water and snacks.

 

Kids Story Time

Date: 7/23/2012

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Visitor Center

Children of all ages are invited to partake in a nature related story and activity with volunteer naturalist Katie. Children need a parent to accompany them and need to be dressed for the outdoors.

 

Cheeseman Ranch Hike

Date: 7/24/2012

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Grouse Mountain Trailhead

Learn about Mueller’s history and get some good exercise as you travel this five-mile loop trail. Interpretive Naturalist Norma will be there to lead you through meadows, aspen groves and answer any questions you may have. Bring sturdy shoes, layered clothing, rain and sun protection, water and snacks.

 

Hike and Tone

Date: 7/25/2012

Time: 8 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Wapiti Trailhead

Join volunteer naturalist Nancy three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in July to spend a fun hour hiking the Wapiti trail while adding light resistance movement using 1-3 lbs. hand or wrist weights. This hike is designed to get your heart rate up and work those muscles in a beautiful environment.  Because you are moving your upper body and lower body in different ways, your core and stabilizer muscles are also working. This is a whole body workout. The session will end with stretching exercises at the Gazebo. Start your day right and join us for this fun hike! Please bring: water, light (1-3 lbs.) hand or wrist weights and dress in clothing that moves. Since the trail is loose gravel, best to have hiking boots or other shoes with good tread.

 

Kids Story Time

Date: 7/25/2012

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Visitor Center

Children of all ages are invited to partake in a nature related story and activity with volunteer naturalist Katie. Children need a parent to accompany them and need to be dressed for the outdoors.

 

Junior Naturalists – Blending In

Date: 7/25/2012
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Mueller State Park Visitor Center Auditorium

Kids are invited to discover the mystery of blending in with naturalist Susie. The field trip portion will leave from the Visitor Center and return at approximately 2:30 p.m. Wear sturdy shoes and sun protection. Bring your backpack with water, rain hear, yummy snacks, your Junior Naturalist workbook and lightweight binoculars if you have them. This will count towards your Junior Naturalist patch. Parents are optional.

 

The Mighty Trees of Mueller

Date: 7/25/2012

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Amphitheater

Heading out on a hike and want to identify the different trees? Want to know more about the largest plants in the park? Then come to the amphitheater where interpretive naturalist Norma will share some fun, informative information while showing you the difference between a fir and a spruce. Dress warmly.

 

Peak View Hike

Date: 7/26/2012

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Elk Meadow Trailhead

Join volunteer naturalists Paul and Gretchen on this moderately rated two-mile hike. You will see lovely meadows, wildflowers, and some of the largest aspen trees in the park. Bring sturdy shoes, layered clothing, rain and sun protection, water, and snacks.

 

Adventure Cubs – Foxes

Date: 7/26/2072

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Visitor Center

Children under second grade are invited to learn more about the clever fox. Join interpretive naturalist Norma to learn about where foxes live, what foxes eat and other fun facts through a game, a story and a craft. Parents should be present and should expect to be outdoors for part of this hour-long program.

 

Those Sly Foxes

Date: 7/26/2012

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Amphitheater

Foxes run freely in our imagination, folktales and legends. They are known to be clever, sly and wily. Remove the mystery and get to know the real fox with interpretive naturalist Norma. Dress warmly.

 

Hike and Tone

Date: 7/27/2012

Time: 8 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Wapiti Trailhead

Join volunteer naturalist Nancy three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in July to spend a fun hour hiking the Wapiti trail while adding light resistance movement using 1-3 lbs. hand or wrist weights. This hike is designed to get your heart rate up and work those muscles in a beautiful environment.  Because you are moving your upper body and lower body in different ways, your core and stabilizer muscles are also working. This is a whole body workout. The session will end with stretching exercises at the Gazebo. Start your day right and join us for this fun hike! Please bring: water, light (1-3 lbs.) hand or wrist weights and dress in clothing that moves. Since the trail is loose gravel, best to have hiking boots or other shoes with good tread.

 

Kids Story Time

Date: 7/27/2012

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Visitor Center

Children of all ages are invited to partake in a nature related story and activity with volunteer naturalist Katie. Children need a parent to accompany them and need to be dressed for the outdoors.

 

Cahill Pond Hike

Date: 7/27/2012

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Grouse Mountain Trailhead

Explore the flora and fauna of Mueller with volunteer naturalists Jeremy and Sylvia leading the way on this moderate 2.5-mile hike. Bring sturdy shoes, rain and sun protection, layered clothing, water and snacks.

 

Skins and Skulls Touch Table

Date: 7/27/2012

Time: 2 -4 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Visitor Center

Touch and examine the skins and skulls of animals that call Mueller State Park home, including a mountain lion hide and beaver pelt. Volunteer naturalists Sylvia and Jeremy will be available to tell you all about the different coats and skulls. Stop by anytime.

 

Meet the Ghosts: Historical Sights of Mueller State Park

Date: 7/27/2012

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Amphitheater

Learn about the history of our park with historical photographs, stories and lessons from volunteer naturalists Sylvia and Jeremy. Walk back in time and meet the ghosts of Mueller’s past. Dress warmly.

 

Dynamite Cabin Hike

Date: 7/28/2012

Time: 8 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Grouse Mountain Trailhead

Savor the immense variety of wildflowers, trees, and wildlife as you hike the Dynamite Trail with volunteer naturalist Nancy. Enjoy the treasures you will find on this unique trail. This 1.8-mile loop is rated easy to moderate. Bring sturdy shoes, rain and sun protection, layered clothing, water and snacks.

 

Life as a Ute

Date: 7/28/2012

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Visitor Center

Kids, second to sixth grade, explore how Colorado’s early inhabitants lived, including their traditions and customs.  Join volunteer naturalist Penny to play games and gain a greater understanding of the lives of the Ute people.

 

Songs and Games to Keep Your Campfire Burning

Date: 7/28/2012

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Amphitheater

Hang out at the campfire tonight with volunteer naturalist Anne. We’ll be singing songs, and playing games that you’ll want to try later with your friends and family. Don’t forget the kids, water and camp chairs. Dress warmly.

 

Medicinal & Edible Plants Hike

Date: 7/29/2012

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / School Pond Trailhead

Go for a hike to School Pond without fear of going hungry! Volunteer naturalist Char will show which plants can be eaten and which plants can be used medicinally on this moderately rated 2-mile loop. Bring sturdy shoes, rain and sun protection, layered clothing and water.

 

Scat and Tracks Touch Table

Date: 7/29/2012

Time: 2 -4 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Visitor Center

Come and see what our animal friends leave behind! Learn how to identify their tracks and droppings. Interpretive naturalist Norma will show the different poops and paw prints for the animals of Mueller State Park. Even make your own track identification card!

 

Nocturnal Animals

Date: 7/29/2012

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Amphitheater

Although the night seems peaceful and as though everyone is sleeping, there is actually A LOT going on. Join interpretive naturalist Norma as you learn more about the animals that go “bump” in the night. Dress warmly.

 

Hike and Tone

Date: 7/30/2012

Time: 8 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Wapiti Trailhead

Join volunteer naturalist Nancy three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in July to spend a fun hour hiking the Wapiti trail while adding light resistance movement using 1-3 lbs. hand or wrist weights. This hike is designed to get your heart rate up and work those muscles in a beautiful environment.  Because you are moving your upper body and lower body in different ways, your core and stabilizer muscles are also working. This is a whole body workout. The session will end with stretching exercises at the Gazebo. Start your day right and join us for this fun hike! Please bring: water, light (1-3 lbs.) hand or wrist weights and dress in clothing that moves. Since the trail is loose gravel, best to have hiking boots or other shoes with good tread.

 

Fossil Kids 

Date: 7/30/2012

Time: 1 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Visitor Center

Dinosaurs once roamed the land that is now Colorado. But they weren’t the only ones! Over 1,500 insect, bird, and fish species and over 150 plant species have been found fossilized in Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Kids, second to sixth grade, can enjoy games and hands-on activities with guest naturalist Sally McCracken. They may even find their own fossils!

 

Digital Outdoors

Date: 7/30/2012

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Amphitheater

A nature photographer for over thirty years, interpretive naturalist Russ creates images for both personal enjoyment and profit. Learn some tricks of the trade as you view some of his amazing photos in this presentation. Dress warmly.

 

Homestead Hike

Date: 7/31/2012

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Homestead Trailhead

Make history and become a time traveler while you hike to the Homestead trail. See what it was really like to live in the mountains before modern conveniences with volunteer naturalists Paul and Gretchen on this moderate 2-mile loop. Bring sturdy shoes, rain and sun protection, layered clothing, water and snacks.

 

Digital Outdoors Hike

Date: 7/31/2012

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park / Elk Meadow Trailhead

A nature photographer for over thirty years, interpretive naturalist Russ creates images for both personal enjoyment and profit. With his help, you can capture nature in eye-popping compositions on this moderate 1.9-mile hike. Bring sturdy shoes, rain and sun protection, layered clothing, water, snacks and a camera.

 

BLT

Date: 7/31/2012 

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location: Mueller State Park Amphitheater

Beetles, Ladder (fuels), and Thinning is an entertaining introduction to forest management around our homes and here in the park. Few have laid eyes on the beetle that destroys the Rocky Mountain forests. See one of the evil little critters and find out what makes a forest healthy, as well as what you can do at home for your trees with interpretive naturalist Russ. Dress warmly.

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