Outdoor adventure available all year


The extended Christmas holiday breaks offered by local schools might present a challenge for parents as to how to spend all this free time with the kids.

There are a lot of opportunities to explore the many outdoor adventures along the Front Range.

Let’s look at a few of the suggestions to enhance the holiday season.

The Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, at Barr Lake State Park near Brighton, offers an exciting variety of programs in late December and early January.

Adults and children can take part in bird banding, walking tours to observe and photograph wintering birds and wildlife, learn about hawks and owls, hear naturalist lectures and learn how you can become a HawkWatcher, Bald Eagle Watch and naturalist volunteer.

A call to one of the RMBO staff members at 303-659-4348 will provide a current schedule of daily events.

The professional naturalist staff at the local Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge east of Commerce City schedules an ongoing array of fun and educational outdoors and nature programs.

Tours are offered both to those who like the personal adventure of walking trails and for others, a 12-mile bus tour allows visitors to observe the new and growing heard of bison.

The 15,000-acre refuge is the home to mule deer, coyotes, fox, prairie dogs, a wide variety of hawks, the Bald Eagle and wintering birds including migrating geese and ducks of various species. A call to 303-289-0930 will welcome reservations for any of the multitude of activities.

When surrounded by the sights and sounds of the Wild Animal Sanctuary east of metro Denver near Keenesburg off I-76, visitors feel like they are in the South Africa bush land or the mountain wilderness or open prairies of eastern Colorado. The sanctuary allows rescued lions, tigers, alpacas, wolves, bears and visiting birds to enjoy a safe existence, and at the same time, be enjoyed by visiting public. A safe and secure elevated walkway moves people to observe wildlife and minimizes the intrusion for the wildlife who occupies the 720 acres of preserve. Call 303-536-0118 for daily programs, visits and opportunities to participate as a volunteer in this remarkable sanctuary.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year to everyone who enjoys Colorado’s outdoors.


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