Guided Hikes and Educational Events

Douglas Land Conservancy offers several guided hike and educational event opportunities throughout the year. All hikes and presentations are typically free and open to the public. DLC does suggest a small donation per person attending each hike or educational presentation (usually $10) to help us continue our mission of the protection of open space in our region of Colorado. All hike and presentation dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please check back often for updates or email [email protected] for more information or to reserve a spot for a certain hike.

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Sandstone Ranch Guided Hikes – In Partnership with Douglas County Open Space

June 14, 2019 – Evening Guided Hike and a picnic (Bring your own picnic dinner) – All spots on this hike have been filled.

July 20, 2019 – Guided Day Hike and a picnic (Bring your own picnic dinner) – All spots for this hike have been filled.

August 16, 2019 – Evening Guided Hike and a picnic (Bring your own picnic dinner) – All spots for this hike have been filled.

September 21, 2019 – Guided Afternoon Hike and a picnic (Bring your own picnic) – All spots for this hike have been filled!

October 19, 2019 – Guided Day Hike and a picnic (Bring your own picnic) – Register here for this hike!


Open Space Day at Prairie Canyon Ranch – In Partnership with Douglas County Open Space

A guided hike through a canyon, hayrides, blacksmith demonstrations, live music and dancing, and a birds of prey exhibit — the annual Douglas County Open Space Day has it all.

All activities are free, and a barbecue lunch is available for purchase. Don’t miss your chance to visit historic Prairie Canyon Ranch at this family-friendly event.

Co-hosted by Douglas County Open Space and Natural Resources and the Douglas Land Conservancy, Open Space Day is scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. September 7 at Prairie Canyon Ranch Open Space, 4620 S. State Hwy 83 in Franktown.

Sign in for the guided hikes is at 10 a.m. and they will take off promptly at 10:15 a.m. starting the fun. Music, other activities and demonstrations, and lunch (available for purchase) will be available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Register Here


Additional Douglas Land Conservancy Guided Hikes and Educational Presentations


Saturday, September 28, 2019
Night Sky Viewing at Sandstone Ranch
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm / Larkspur, Colorado / Space is limited, Please RSVP

Join Douglas Land Conservancy and Douglas County Open Space as we gather at Sandstone Ranch to view the night sky through telescopes. We will meet at the main house for refreshments and a brief presentation from amateur astronomers on the night sky. Then we will head outdoors where telescopes and binoculars will be set up for sky gazing on an evening when multiple planets will be visible.

Let’s keep it dark. No flashlights or phone lights. If you have them, please bring headlamps with red lights or a head lamp covered in red cellophane.
 
 
Dogs are not allowed at this event.
 
DLC and our partners at Douglas County Open Space will be joining together to offer a series of night sky viewing events in 2019. This is a new offering and is made possible by wonderful volunteers, supporter donations and the dark night skies at Sandstone Ranch.
 
Space is limited. The event is free, but a $10 per person donation to DLC is suggested.
 
 
Our events fill quickly. If the event is full, please contact Amy Graziano at [email protected] or 303.688.8025 to be added to the wait list.

Sunday, September 15, 2019
Pollinator Presentation and Craft Mead Tasting at Honnibrook Meadery
11:00 am to 1:00 pm / Castle Rock, Colorado

Join Douglas Land Conservancy’s Next Gen group for a Sunday morning mead sipping while your ears are a-buzz with information about land conservation and native bee populations. Without the bees, there would be no sweet, sweet mead!
Presentation by Colorado State Beekeepers Association. 21+ event.  One free tasting. Regular menu available.
 

Register Here

Our events fill quickly. If the event is full, please contact Amy Graziano at 303.688.8025 or [email protected] to be added to the wait list. 

 

$10 suggested donation to DLC so that our non profit can continue to offer programs such as this to the community.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Third Annual Hop Hunter Hike
9:00 am to 11:00 am / Louviers, Colorado

Did you know that wild hops, a key ingredient in the beer making process, are native to this region?

We invite you to join DLC’s 3nd annual hop hunting excursion.

Douglas Land Conservancy and 105 West Brewery are teaming up this summer to hunt wild-growing hops on conserved lands along Plum Creek. Join us as we learn a little about hops and brewing from a 105 West brewmaster, hike on a private conserved property in Louviers, and harvest local hops for a special brew.

Participants should wear long pants, hiking shoes, bring water, and garden gloves. Bags will be provided. No dogs are allowed on this hike.

What happens to the harvested hops you ask? They will be brewed into a delicious, local beer, of course! All viable hops harvested will be turned over to the brewmasters at 105 West Brewery who, in turn, will use the bounty to create a special brew. Douglas Land Conservancy will host a special “hoppy hour” when it’s time for tasting. Cheers!

Register Here

Our events fill quickly. If the event is full, please contact Amy Graziano at 303.688.8025 or [email protected] to be added to the wait list. 

 

If you cannot attend the hop hunting event, please watch your inbox for the special tasting to be announced in the coming weeks. Cheers!

Monday, August 26, 2019
Hike at Prairie Canyon Ranch.  Cavities:  No Dentist
8:00 am to 11:30 am / Franktown, Colorado

Join Douglas Land Conservancy and our partners at Douglas County Open Space for a fun fact-filled walk through the Ponderosas. Learn about the residents who use snags and cavities for their home, and about forest dynamics. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required, as there is no path and the vegetation is tall. Binoculars, insect repellent, sunblock, water bottles are recommended. Dogs are not allowed on this property.

 
This event is offered free of charge, but a suggested donation of $10 per person is suggested to Douglas Land Conservancy, a local non profit, in order to continue programs such as these.
 
 
Prairie Canyon Ranch – This 978-acre ranch is open by appointment only through Douglas County Open Space. Located two miles south of Castlewood Canyon State Park off of State Highway 83, the ranch has been protected since 2000 and was purchased by the County with assistance from Great Outdoors Colorado because of its diverse wildlife habitat and unique ranching history. Hawks, pronghorn antelope, coyotes, deer, elk and great blue herons are all known inhabitants. Until late 2015, it was a working cattle ranch.

Friday, August 9, 2019
Night Sky Viewing at Sandstone Ranch
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm / Larkspur, Colorado / Space is limited, Please RSVP

Join Douglas Land Conservancy and Douglas County Open Space as we gather at Sandstone Ranch to view the night sky through telescopes. We will meet at the main house for refreshments and a brief presentation from amateur astronomers on the night sky. Then we will head outdoors where telescopes and binoculars will be set up for sky gazing on an evening when multiple planets will be visible.

Let’s keep it dark. No flashlights or phone lights. If you have them, please bring headlamps with red lights or a head lamp covered in red cellophane.
 
 
Dogs are not allowed at this event.
 
DLC and our partners at Douglas County Open Space will be joining together to offer a series of night sky viewing events in 2019. This is a new offering and is made possible by wonderful volunteers, supporter donations and the dark night skies at Sandstone Ranch.
 
Space is limited. The event is free, but a $10 per person donation to DLC is suggested.
 
 
Our events fill quickly. If the event is full, please contact Amy Graziano at [email protected] or 303.688.8025 to be added to the wait list.
 

Batty about Castle Rock
August 13, 6:30 -8 pm
The Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park

Join the Colorado BatCREW for a presentation on local bats, adaptations and the benefits they bring to our ecology. Afterwards we will head out to the pond to look and listen for bat activity. Due to Colorado law, there will not be any live bats at this event.  This event may be best for ages 8 and up. The presentation is factual with time for questions, so it may not keep the attention of younger children.

This is a free, family friendly program presented by the DLC in partnership with the Town of Castle Rock. Donations are appreciated to help further the program. Seating is limited and therefore registration is required:

Register Here


Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Sunset/Moonrise Hike at Prairie Canyon Ranch 
6:00 pm to 9:30 pm / Prairie Canyon Ranch, Franktown, CO.

Join Douglas Land Conservancy and our partners at Douglas County Open Space for a beautiful night on the ranch.
 
Prairie Canyon Ranch is fascinating any time of year, but when the sun is setting behind the wooded cliffs, and the moon is rising over the plains, it’s a treat to experience the sights and sounds of the evening. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy at 6:00 pm. We will start to assemble at 7:00 to tour the barnyard, and then start our hike to the cliffs for sunset. After the sun disappears, we will turn around and make our way through the savanna Ponderosas to watch the full moon rise in the east (of course, if no clouds get in the way). Weather/fire restrictions permitting we will have s’mores around the campfire near the pond following the hike.
 
 
This event is offered free of charge, but a suggested donation of $10 per person or $20 per family is suggested to Douglas Land Conservancy, a local non profit, in order to continue programs such as these.
 
Space on the hike is limited. Our hikes fill quickly. If the event is full, please contact Amy Graziano at 303.688.8025 or [email protected] to be added to the wait list.
 
Prairie Canyon Ranch – This 978-acre ranch is open by appointment only through Douglas County Open Space. Located two miles south of Castlewood Canyon State Park off of State Highway 83, the ranch has been protected since 2000 and was purchased by the County with assistance from Great Outdoors Colorado because of its diverse wildlife habitat and unique ranching history. Hawks, pronghorn antelope, coyotes, deer, elk and great blue herons are all known inhabitants. Until late 2015, it was a working cattle ranch.

Raptors Over the Rock
July 10, 6-7:30 pm
Rain Date July 24, 6-7:30 pm
Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park

Join us for this popular one-hour presentation featuring the birds that share our home. Learn about the characteristics that define raptors, including where they live and how they hunt. There will be time for Q & A and to get up close to the animal ambassadors.

Register Here

Reptiles Under the Rock
July 17, 6-7:30 pm
Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park

Join us for another one-hour presentation featuring some of the amazing reptiles and amphibians that live in our area. Up to 6 reptile ambassadors will be present. Meet them and learn about their habitats, diets, defenses, conservation and more.

Register Here

Batty About Castle Rock
Tuesday, August 13, 6:30-8 pm
Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park

Join us for a presentation on local bats, adaptations, and the benefits they bring to our ecology. Following the presentation we will head out to the pond and look and listen for bat activity. Due to Colorado law there will not be any live bats at this presentation.

Register Here

These events are free, but a $10 per person or $20 per family donation to DLC is suggested.


Sunday, June 30th, 2019
Brews and Views Guided Hike 
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm / Glendale Farm Open Space, Castle Rock, CO.
 
We’ve got a perfect Colorado summer afternoon planned for you!

 

Join Douglas Land Conservancy and our partners at Douglas County Open Space for a guided hike at beautiful Glendale Farm Open Space. Post hike you are invited to an optional meet up at Lone Tree Brewing Company. It doesn’t get much more Colorado than a great hike followed by a craft beer! If you want dinner to be easy, LTBC also has food trucks on site daily.

Glendale Farm Open Space is a truly valuable community resource that preserves scenic views and provides a natural buffer between rapidly developing Lone Tree, Castle Pines, and Castle Rock. Visitors at the top of the trail get a feel for the Colorado Front Range by looking at majestic panoramic views of Pikes Peak, Devils Head and Longs Peak, while only minutes from the highway. Dogs on leash are welcome to join the fun. Dogs are even welcome at Lone Tree Brewing Company!

Your guides for the hike will be Brian O’Malley and Jessica Fenske. The hike is rated moderately easy with some short climbs that may be more challenging. The natural surface trail is 1.6 miles long.

Our hikes fill quickly. If the event is full, please contact [email protected] or 303.688.8025 to be added to the wait list.

 
This event is offered free of charge, but a suggested donation of $10 per person or $20 per family is suggested to Douglas Land Conservancy, a local non profit, in order to continue programs such as these.
 
 

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
Wildlife Myths and Mysteries 
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm / Philip S. Miller Amphitheater, Castle Rock, CO.
 
Join Douglas Land Conservancy and the Town of Castle Rock as they partner to bring you a presentation from local wildlife rehabilitators and Colorado Parks and Wildlife on living with wildlife. The presentation will include; Safely viewing wildlife. How to keep wildlife wild. What to do if you find baby wildlife? What to do if you find an injured animal? There will be time for Q&A.
 
Pack a picnic dinner.  Bring the whole family.
 
 
 
This event is offered free of charge, but a suggested donation of $10 per person or $20 per family is suggested to Douglas Land Conservancy, a local non profit, in order to continue programs such as these.
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 12th, and Saturday, June 15th
Guided Wildflower Hike at Dawson Butte Open Space
8:00 am to 11:00 am / Dawson Butte Open Space, Larkspur, Colorado / Space is limited, Please RSVP

Join Douglas Land Conservancy at beautiful Dawson Butte Open Space for a family friendly event to discover the wildflowers blooming at this time. Year after year this is one of our most popular hikes. Therefore for 2019 we are offering the hike twice – on Saturday and again on Tuesday. We hope that you are able to attend one of these days.

This open space is home to many varieties of wildflowers, shrubs, and trees as well as providing great habitat for wildlife. Your guides are DLC volunteers and Colorado Native Plant Masters. The trail is rated moderately easy and the pace will be slow due to stopping to learn about the wildflowers (and ooh and aah at their beauty).

We will meet at Dawson Butte at 8:00 am. Registrants will be informed of parking later, as we will be in an overflow area, open just for our group. Bring plenty of water, a snack, sun protection, and a camera if desired. There are picnic tables at the trail head. Feel free to bring a sack lunch to enjoy with your family after the hike. Long pants may be preferable as there is poison ivy in some areas of the open space, although we will definitely try to avoid where it grows. Dogs on leash are welcome.

 
Space is limited. Our hikes fill quickly. If the event is full, please contact Amy Graziano at [email protected] or 303.688.8025 to be added to the wait list.
 
 

The hike is free, but a $10 per person donation to DLC is suggested.


Monday, May 28, 29, June 2, 2019
DLC Beginning Birding Program

Beginner Birding Program offered by Douglas Land Conservancy in partnership with Denver Audubon

Want to be able to identify birds in your yard and elsewhere? Join Douglas Land Conservancy for our first ever, Beginner Birding Program.  The program, designed for birding beginners or as a refresher course for intermediate birders, consists of two classroom evenings and a field trip.  Learn how to select an app, field guide and binoculars, bird identification and great local birding locations. Then we’ll head outdoors to practice our new skills.  This program is offered through a partnership with Denver Audubon.  Your instructors are local birding experts;  Curt Frankenfeld, Douglas Land Conservancy volunteer and Cindy Valentine, Denver Audubon volunteer.

When & Where:

Class #1
Tuesday, May 28
6-8pm
@Philip S. Miller Library, CR Bank Room West

Class #2
Wednesday, May 29
6-8pm
@Philip S. Miller Library, CR Bank Room West

Field Trip
Sunday, June 2
7:30-11:30am
@DuPont Open Space in Louviers

Participation in all three sessions is encouraged.

Registration Here for Beginning Birding

Space is limited. The Beginning Birder program is free, but a $20 per person donation to DLC is suggested


Monday, May 27, 2019
Annual DLC Memorial Day Birding Hike
7:00 am to 11:30 am / DuPont Open Space, Louviers, Colorado / Space is limited, Please RSVP

Join Douglas Land Conservancy and Douglas County Open Space on our Annual Memorial Day Guided Birding Hike at DuPont Open Space

DuPont Open Space provides great nesting habitats for many different, beautiful species of birds. This family friendly hike is moderately easy and there will be many stops to talk and witness wildlife. Last year’s hikers spotted over 50 species!

The event will be led by three local birding experts. DuPont Open Space is located in Louviers, in a wonderful riparian area along Plum Creek. The hike will begin at 7 am at DuPont Park, 8020 Main Street, Louviers. There is plenty of parking, restroom facilities, and a picnic shelter at the park. Pack a picnic lunch for after the hike, if you wish.

This open space was donated to Douglas County by the DuPont Company, and is protected by a conservation easement through Douglas Land Conservancy.

Bring plenty of water, a snack, sun protection, binoculars, camera, and wear long pants as there is some poison ivy in the area. Dogs are not allowed on this hike.

Space is limited. Our hikes fill quickly. If the event is full, please contact Amy Graziano at [email protected] or 303.688.8025 to be added to the wait list.

The hike is free, but a $10 per person donation to DLC is suggested.

Meet your guides:
Tom Halverstadt
is the expert when it comes to birding in the Louviers/DuPont area. He has lived with his family in Louviers for many years and knows where the various species are most likely found. He is a Douglas County Open Space Volunteer, keeping an eye on the DuPont Open Space properties as he leads the Christmas Bird Count there and often takes other birders or rookies in search of elusive species throughout the year. Tom posts his findings on the CO-Birds mailing list and had birded throughout Colorado, the United States and in far corners of the world. Tom is the General Manager of Arbor Valley Wholesale Nursery, which specializes in native plants, located north of Franktown.

Sharon Hines
began watching birds when she was too little to hold binoculars. She has been a volunteer for what was the Colorado Division of Wildlife for about 15 years as a Wildlife Watch Instructor and has worked for a couple of tour companies as a naturalist and bird guide. Having moved to Douglas County 9 years ago, she is now a volunteer interpreter for Douglas County Open Space and Douglas Land Conservancy. Sharon has a BS in Biology and her Native Plant Master Certificate.

Jackie Sanderson
is the Natural Resource Specialist for Douglas County Division of Open Space and Natural Resources and lives just outside of Sedalia along Plum Creek. She has contributed to the Colorado Bird Atlas while living in Steamboat Springs and working for the Routt National Forest. While serving as the Naturalist at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, she became more acquainted with Front Range birds while leading hikes and accompanying the Tuesday Birders. DuPont is her favorite Douglas County Open Space property for birding.


Friday, April 26, 2019
Guided Arbor Day Hike at Columbine Open Space
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm / Larkspur, Colorado / Space is limited, Please RSVP

Interested in learning more about the trees and shrubs in our region? Join Douglas Land Conservancy and Douglas County Open Space for a guided Arbor Day hike focusing on the trees and shrubs that grow along East Plum Creek at Columbine Open Space. We will observe the effects of beavers in the riparian area and get a special preview of a new segment of the Colorado Front Range Trail. The hike is rated easy, with a few short climbs, on the south side.

Columbine Open Space is protected for its important wetlands along Plum Creek, pine forest and Gambel oak habitat. The trails are comprised of two 1.5 mile loops that follow through the upper grasslands and shrublands. An old red barn and rock springhouse are located on this property. Sorry, no dogs are allowed. The trail is rated easy, with a short climb on the south loop. There is a picnic shelter located at the open space if you would like to enjoy lunch prior to the hike.

Please dress for the weather. Bring plenty of water and a snack.

The hike is free, but a $10 per person donation to Douglas Land Conservancy is suggested. You may donate online here or in person on the day of the hike. 

Space is limited. Our hikes fill quickly. If the event is full, please contact Amy Graziano at 303.688.8025 or [email protected] to be added to the wait list.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Guided Earth Day Hike at Prairie Canyon Ranch

9:00am to 12:00pm/ Prairie Canyon Ranch, Franktown, Colorado / Space is limited, Please RSVP

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by getting outdoors on permanently protected open space? Join Douglas Land Conservancy and our partners at Douglas County Open Space for a guided hike at beautiful Prairie Canyon Ranch Open Space. Enjoy the early Spring sights and sounds on the trail, look for the first wildflowers emerging, view the return of migratory birds, learn about the unique geological features, and celebrate the beauty of nature.
 
 
Prairie Canyon Ranch – This 978-acre ranch is open by appointment only through Douglas County Open Space. Located two miles south of Castlewood Canyon State Park off of State Highway 83, the ranch has been protected since 2000 and was purchased by the County with assistance from Great Outdoors Colorado because of its diverse wildlife habitat and unique ranching history. Hawks, pronghorn antelope, coyotes, deer, elk and great blue herons are all known inhabitants.
 
 
Bring plenty of water and sun protection. Dress for the weather. Pack a lunch for after the hike if you wish. Dogs are NOT allowed on this hike.

The hike is free, but a $10 per person donation to Douglas Land Conservancy is suggested. You may donate online here or in person on the day of the hike. 

 
Space is limited. Our hikes fill quickly. If the event is full, please contact Amy Graziano at 303.688.8025 or [email protected] to be added to the wait list.
 
Your guides for the hike will be Sharon Hines and Cathy Fischer.
 
Sharon Hines
began watching birds when she was too little to hold binoculars. She has been a volunteer for what was the Colorado Division of Wildlife for about 15 years as a Wildlife Watch Instructor and has worked for a couple of tour companies as a naturalist and bird guide. Having moved to Douglas County 10 years ago, she is now a volunteer interpreter for Douglas County Open Space and Douglas Land Conservancy. Sharon has a BS in Biology and her Native Plant Master Certificate.
 
Cathy Fischer
is a volunteer naturalist for Douglas Land Conservancy, Douglas County Open Space, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. She is a Certified Interpretive Guide and is currently working on her certification as a Colorado Native Plant Master. Cathy is an accomplished nature photographer and wildflower enthusiast and recipient of two Crested Butte Wildflower Festival photography awards. She is an avid hiker whose travel adventures have taken her across Colorado and the world. Cathy has lived in Douglas County for over half her live and loves sharing her appreciation of nature through public hikes and programs. Her two favorite Douglas County Open Space areas are Spruce Mountain and Dawson Butte.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Guided Early Spring Hike at Spruce Mountain Open Space
9:00am to 12:00pm / Spruce Mountain Open Space, Larkspur, Colorado / Space is limited, Please RSVP

It was a long winter! Need to get outside? Douglas Land Conservancy’s Cabin Fever Pop Up Hike is just the cure. Join us this Wednesday, from 9 am- 12 noon at Spruce Mountain Open Space. We’ll keep the pace brisk with some stops along the way to investigate what nature has to offer in early Spring.
 
The Spruce Mountain trail gently switchbacks up Spruce Mountain through a Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forest to fabulous rocky overlooks and a loop around the fairly-flat, forested mountaintop with beautiful views.
 
The 5.5 mile loop trail is rated moderately easy. The natural trail surface may have snow and ice.  Bring plenty of water and snacks. Dress for the weather. Dogs on leash are allowed to join us.

The hike is free, but a $10 per person donation to Douglas Land Conservancy is suggested. You may donate online here or in person on the day of the hike. 

 
Space is limited. Our hikes fill quickly. If the event is full, please contact Amy Graziano at 303.688.8025 or [email protected] to be added to the wait list.

Saturday, March 23, 2019
Guided Early Spring Hike at Bald Mountain
9:00 am to 12:00 pm / Larkspur, Colorado / Space is limited, Please RSVP

Please join Douglas Land Conservancy and Douglas County Open Space for a morning hike up Bald Mountain. Hiking is available at this private property only with guided access during scheduled outings with Douglas County Open Space.

Guides will lead you through wooded areas on trails that are not maintained for winter conditions. This hike is best suited for intermediate to experienced hikers. The peak offer beautiful views of Southern Douglas County and Pikes Peak.

Upon completion of the Bald Mountain hike, we may offer a brief break for a picnic lunch and an opportunity to then hike nearby True Mountain depending on interest and the weather. If you think you may be interested in the extended hike, pack a lunch and plenty of water. This hike would conclude by 3:00 pm.

Please dress for the weather, bring water and snacks.  Dogs are not allowed at this event.

The hike is free, but a $10 per person donation to Douglas Land Conservancy is suggested. You may donate online here or in person on the day of the hike.

RSVP for this Guided Hike

Our events fill quickly. If the event is full, please contact
Amy Graziano at [email protected] or 303.688.8025 to be added to the wait list.

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Guided Winter Hike at Dawson Butte Open Space
9:00 am to 12:00 pm / Larkspur, Colorado / Space is limited, Please RSVP

Join us in the great outdoors! DLC and our partners, Douglas County Open Space, are hosting a guided winter hike at Dawson Butte Ranch Open Space.

This beautiful 828-acre property is protected by a conservation easement held by Douglas Land Conservancy and home to a variety of native animal and plant species, Ponderosa pine forest and lovely meadows with stunning views of Dawson Butte, Devil’s Head and Pike’s Peak.

This is a family-friendly event on a gently-rolling 4+ mile trail. Please bring water and dress for the weather. Dogs on leash are welcome to join the fun.

Space is limited. Our hikes fill quickly. If the event is full, please contact Amy Graziano at 303.688.8025 or [email protected] to be added to the wait list.

The hike is free, but a $10 per person donation to DLC is suggested.

RSVP for this Guided Hike


Sunday, January 20th, 2019
Lunar Eclipse Viewing at Sandstone Ranch
8:00pm to 11:30pm / Sandstone Ranch, Larkspur Colorado / Space is limited, Please RSVP

Join Douglas Land Conservancy and Douglas County Open Space as we gather and watch the Moon slip into Earth’s shadow and turn a deep red color. We will meet at Sandstone Ranch’s main house for hot cocoa and Moon Pies. There will be a presentation from amateur astronomers on the night sky. Then we will head outdoors where telescopes and binoculars will be set up for viewing.  Let’s keep it dark. No flashlights or phone lights. If you have them, please bring headlamps with red lights or a head lamp covered in red cellophane.
 
 
Inside activities begin at 8:00pm. Please arrive close to that time so as not to have the headlights on your car disturb the viewing.
 
Dress for the weather. Dogs are not allowed at this event.
 
Lunar Eclipse Timing:
Partial eclipse begins: 8:34 pm
Total eclipse begins: 9:41 pm
Totality ends: 10:43 pm
Space is limited. The hike is free, but a $10 per person donation to DLC is suggested.
 
Our events fill quickly. If the event is full, please contact
Amy Graziano at [email protected] or 303.688.8025 to be added to the wait list.

Saturday, January 19th, 2019
Full Moon Owl Prowl at DuPont Open Space
5:30pm to 8:30pm / DuPont Open Space, Louviers, Colorado / Space is limited, Please RSVP

Join Douglas Land Conservancy, in partnership with Douglas County Open Space, for a unique, full moon hike in search of owl activity at beautiful DuPont Open Space in Louviers. We will meet inside the Louviers Village Clubhouse, 7865 Louviers Boulevard, Louviers, CO 80125 at 5:30 pm.

Our evening will begin with a special presentation by Nature’s Educators. The experts from Nature’s Educators will teach us about special features owls use for hunting and the necessary role of the owl as predator in our local ecosystem. Three live owls will be present to view up close.

After the presentation we will head out on the trail along Plum Creek on our own owl adventure. With the help of guides, you will learn how to identify signs of owl activity and gain some basic knowledge about our nocturnal neighbors. Known regional owls that we hope to encounter are the Great Horned Owl, the Eastern Screech-Owl, the Long-Eared Owl, and the Northern Saw-Whet Owl.

Dress for the weather, bring plenty of water and your sense of adventure. Warn winter boots are recommended. Please register only if you are able to hike through the woods in semi-darkness. This is a family friendly event on a moderately easy trail. Dogs are not allowed on this hike.

Following the hike we will reconvene in the clubhouse for complimentary hot chocolate.

Space is limited. The hike is free, but a $10 per person donation to DLC is suggested.
 
Our events fill quickly. If the event is full, please contact
Amy Graziano at [email protected] or 303.688.8025 to be added to the wait list.

RSVP for this Hike

DuPont Open Space was donated to Douglas County Open Space by the DuPont Company and is protected with a conservation easement held by Douglas Land Conservancy.

Your guides for the Owl Prowl:
Tom Halverstadt
is the expert when it comes to birding in the Louviers/DuPont area. He has lived with his family in Louviers for many years and knows where the various species are most likely found. He is a Douglas County Open Space Volunteer, keeping an eye on the DuPont Open Space properties as he leads the Christmas Bird Count there and often takes other birders or rookies in search of elusive species throughout the year. Tom posts his findings on the CO-Birds mailing list and had birded throughout Colorado, the United States and in far corners of the world. He is the owner of Country Lane Nursery, which specializes in native plants, located north of Franktown.
 
Jackie Sanderson
is the Natural Resource Specialist for Douglas County Division of Open Space and Natural Resources and lives just outside of Sedalia along Plum Creek. She has contributed to the Colorado Bird Atlas while living in Steamboat Springs and working for the Routt National Forest. While serving as the Naturalist at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield she became more acquainted with Front Range birds while leading hikes and accompanying the Tuesday Birders. DuPont is her favorite Douglas County Open Space property for birding.