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Cheyenne Mountain State Park’s Programs September 2012

Cheyenne Mountain State Park’s programs for adults, families, and youngsters continue through September with hikes, nature programs, and other fun activities to connect kids and adults with nature and the outdoors. Please join us for this month’s free, fun programs. All children must be accompanied by an adult. All vehicles entering the park must display an annual ($70) or daily ($7) Colorado State Parks Pass. Passes may be purchased at the visitor center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Daily passes may also be purchased at the self-serve station next to the entrance booth. Check or exact change is required. To make program reservations and for additional information, please call 719-576-2016.

Special Programs

Third Annual No Child Left Inside Event

Saturday, Sept. 29

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Main Trailhead Parking Lot

The “No Child Left Inside” campaign is a national initiative to get children outside to exercise, explore, and enjoy nature. Sponsored by the No Child Left Inside Coalition, this campaign includes more than 1,500 organizations across the U.S. Cheyenne Mountain State Park invites families to come and discover the wonder and beauty of Colorado’s natural resources, while enjoying a fun variety of recreational and educational outdoor activities. All activities are free but a State Park’s pass is required. For additional information about the planned activities call 719-576-2016.


Reservation Only Special Group Hikes


This Hike’s for You

Guided Plant/Ecosystems Hikes

Select and schedule a naturalist-led hike for your specific group, ages seven through adult. Programs are one to two hours on easy one-to-two-mile trails and may be scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon any day of the week. Please call a minimum of two days ahead. Minimum of four, maximum of 15 participants. Call 719-576-2016 to schedule.

Pick from a variety of plant-related topics:




What’s Blooming Now?

Trees and Shrubs

Native Plants

Natives vs. Aliens

Poisonous, Prickly, and Pretty

Medicinal and Food Uses of Plants

See it, Touch it, Smell it, but Don’t Eat it

Ecosystems of CMSP

Plant Sensory Hike

Children’s Programs


Junior Ranger Program


Sept. 1, 1 p.m. Wildlife Encounters

Sept. 8, 10 a.m. Birds and Binoculars

Sept. 15, 1 p.m. Wildland Fires and Camp Fire Safety

Sept. 22, 10 a.m. Enforcing Park Rules

Location: Camper Services

Do you have the right stuff to be a Junior Park Ranger? Get a head start by picking up a Junior Ranger training booklet at the Visitor Center or Camper Services or receive one at class time. Seven to 12-year-olds can earn a Junior Ranger badge and/or colorful patch depending on levels completed. Program length is approximately 1.5 hours. Reservations at 719-576-2016.

Kids Konnecting with Nature Pre-School Series


Pre-School Trail Adventures

Tuesdays: Sept. 4 and 18, 9:30-11 a.m.

Check at Visitor Center for location

Three-to-five-year-olds and their parents are invited to join volunteer park naturalist, Jerri DeCarolis, on a guided, age-appropriate, discovery hike along park trails. Dress for an all outdoor excursion. Call 719-576-2016 for reservations.


A Smelly Adventure

Sunday, Sept. 9, 1-2 p.m.

Check at Visitor Center for location

Three-to-five-year-olds and their parents are invited to join volunteer park naturalist, Jerri DeCarolis, on a guided discovery of the sense of smell. Find out which animals use their noses to find food and family members. Call 719-576-2016 for reservations.


Whooo Lives in Hooterville?

Thursday, Sept. 13, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Check at Visitor Center for location

Three-to-five-year-olds and their parents are invited to join volunteer park naturalist, Sharon Dykes-Modlens, on a guided discovery of owls through puppets, stories, and a craft. Learn about different kinds of owls and how they live. Call 719-576-2016 for reservations.



Family Programs


Family Mystery Hikes

Saturday, Sept. 1, 10 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 9, 2 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 23, 1 p.m.

Location: Visitor Center

This naturalist-led hike challenges families to solve a puzzle, riddle or mystery as they walk and search for hidden clues along a one-mile, easy trail. Program length is approximately 1.5 hours. For ages five and up. Reservations at 719-576-2016.


Full Moon Hike

Sunday, Sept. 30, 7-9 p.m.

Location: Visitor Center Parking Lot

What shadows stir in the night at Cheyenne Mountain State Park? To find the answer, join park naturalists on a guided, evening excursion along park trails. Bring a flashlight and a jacket.  For ages seven and up. Reservations at 719-576-2016.


Introduction to GPS and Geocaching

Saturday, Sept. 22, 1-2:30 p.m.

Location: Camper Services

Join volunteer park naturalists, Pam and Dan Scott for some outdoor fun by learning the basic operation of a GPS unit. Then use your skills to go on a treasure hunt to locate geocaches hidden in the park. GPS units will be provided. For ages eight and up. Reservations at 719-576-2016.


Saturday Evening Programs


How Do Animals Prepare for Winter?

Saturday, Sept. 1, 7-8 p.m.

Location: Amphitheater

Winter brings with it a variety of challenges for survival.  Each animal has its own unique way of coping with the harsh conditions. Learn how migration, hibernation, and adaptation play a role in lives of Cheyenne Mountain inhabitants. For all ages. Reservations at 719-576-2016.


Ice and Snow!

Saturday, Sept. 8, 7-8 p.m.

Location: Amphitheater

Let’s explore the unique world of snowflakes and icicles and find out why our winter world of ice and snow is so special. For all ages. Reservations and information at 719-576-2016.


Concentrating on Constellations

Saturday, Sept. 15

6:30 p.m. Part I Classroom Session-Visitor Center Classroom

8:00 p.m. Part II Outdoor Viewing-Visitor Center Parking lot

Part I provides instruction for locating major constellations and prominent stars using simplified star maps. During Part II, amateur astronomers with telescopes take us on a trek to view distant galaxies, star clusters, and other sky phenomenon. Reservations at 719-576-2016.  A State Parks pass is not required as long as you remain in the Visitor Center area.


Hawks, Eagles, and Falcons

Saturday, Sept. 22, 7-8 p.m.

Location: Amphitheater

Come learn about some of the birds of prey flying the skies of Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Find out how to tell them apart, how they live and what they like to eat. All ages welcome. Reservations and information at 719-576-2016.


Colorado Parks and Wildlife was created by the merger of Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, two nationally recognized leaders in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado’s wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs. To learn more about Colorado’s state parks, please see:http://www.parks.state.co.us.  To learn  more about Colorado’s wildlife programs, please see: http://wildlife.state.co.us



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