Wide Open Words – October, 2016 – It is Up to Us!

It is up to Us! by Alan Clarke………….. Forty years in the city. That is a long time. Long enough to forget about the sound of wind blowing through the forest…to forget what a fox looks like…to forget the glory of a sunrise…to forget the sweet, heavy scent of pine trees in the hot sun. My mother-in-law has come from the …

Rocky Mountain National Park – The First 100 Years – Presentation

Please Join Douglas Land Conservancy for the Third Presentation in our 2016 Speaker Series ______________________ Rocky Mountain National Park:  The First 100 Years    Presented by the Author  and Former DLC Board Member,  Mary Taylor Young.  Wednesday, October 19, 2016 6 – 8 pm @ CALF’s Lowell Ranch 2330 South I-25 on East Frontage Road, South of Castle Rock ____________________________________ …

Wide Open Words – August 10, 2016 – Olympics and Land Conservation

2016 Olympic Games and Land Conservation……What do they have in common?? by David King ……….. Every four years, the world comes together in an event unlike any other.  Athletes from around the world unite to demonstrate the ideals in competition, sportsmanship, and entertainment. In addition to the good tidings that are created between nations and peoples, there as a uniting …

Join Us For Raptors Over The Rock

Join us at the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park for an exciting presentation featuring the birds that share our home. Afterwards, plan on attending the meet and greet and get a chance to see some of our local raptors up close and personal. This is a free event for the entire family made possible by the Douglas Land Conservancy …

Join us for Open Space Day, August 20th

Douglas County Open Space and Douglas Land Conservancy, will be hosting the annual Open Space Day at the Prairie Canyon Ranch on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Activities will include a guided horseback ride for guests with horses, a guided hike, ranch tours, hayrides, blacksmith demonstrations, archery, games, blue grass music, and more. Prairie Canyon Ranch This 978-acre ranch is open …

Wide Open Words – July 15, 2016

Capturing the Beauty of Open Lands………… During the week of June 20th, a group of 25 nationally recognized Plein Air Painters (those who paint outside) descended on Castle Rock for Douglas Land Conservancy’s Plein Air Invitational.  I was fortunate to have been one of them.  We painted all week and on Friday, we submitted our “keepers” to be sold during …

Wide Open Words……June 15, 2016

Words from DLC’s 2016 Summer Intern……….Hello there! My name is David King, and I am extremely honored to be a summer intern for Douglas Land Conservancy.  I am now just over a week into my summer at DLC, and it has already been an incredible experience. Before I dive into my time at DLC, here is a quick bio about …

Wide Open Words – May 6, 2016

Perhaps you have experienced one of open space’s great values………. When you enter a natural place, you get a sense of calm, a feeling you are one with your surroundings. The peace of nature creeps into your mind, wafts over your muscles and soothes your nerves. I believe open space can be good for the soul. When we walk through …

Wide Open Words – April 15, 2016

Open Space is Good for the Soul……….. I remember the day as clearly as if it were yesterday. I was sitting on a grassy hill overlooking Big Sage Creek in northern Montana. It was late spring, the white, puffy clouds were dancing across the sky and the gentle breeze was teasing the prairie grass. To the west about 15 miles the …

Wide Open Words, March 4, 2016

Ah….today was eye opening…………… I refer to Spruce Mountain by a few names: My Backyard, My Healing Place, My Home, My Mountain and My Friend. I have a kinship with that little mountain that has played such a big role in helping me to deal with living with cancer in my liver. I’ve told my husband that he can bury …