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Scientifically Speaking–Events for Outdoor and Science Lovers

Scientifically Speaking is Colorado’s largest round-up of science and nature programs for adults and children. Be sure to checkout the list of ongoing children’s workshops.

WEDNESDAY

Meteorite program “The Scientific Utility of Meteorites and the Antarctic Search for Meteorites Program,” a talk by Brian Hynek, University of Colorado, Boulder, will be at 4 p.m. at Benson Earth Sciences lecture hall (380) on the CU Boulder campus. Info: colorado.edu/GeolSci/.

THURSDAY

Live astronomy talk “Science On, From and Of the Moon,” a program by Eric Hallman, will be at 7:30 p.m. at Fiske Planetarium on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. Cost is $6 adults, free for students with valid ID, $3.50 child/senior. Info: 303-492-5001, e-mail [email protected] or visit http://fiske.colorado.edu.

Mineral/rock/fossil silent auction The Flatirons Mineral Club is having a silent auction at 7 p.m. at West Boulder Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave.

Evening nature program “Starry Night: Changing Seasons,” a free talk followed by viewing of the sky with telescopes, will be at 7:15 p.m. at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, off of County Road 32 C in Fort Collins. For directions and reservations, call 970-416-2815 or e-mail [email protected] Also, check the website for updates on weather cancellations: fcgov.com/naturalareas.

Energy talk “Geothermal Energy,” a free talk by Charles Visser, Laboratory Program Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will be at 7 p.m. at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 Northgate Blvd., Colorado Springs. Register: 719-488-0880. Info: http://wmmi.org.

FRIDAY

Gem/mineral silent auction The North Jeffco Gem and Mineral Club is having a silent auction at 6:45 p.m. at the North Jeffco Senior Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada.

Human ancestor Ardi presentation “The Discovery of Ardi: A Human Ancestor One Million Years Older Than Lucy,” a talk by Giday WoldeGabriel, co-leader and Chief Geologist of the research team that discovered Ardi, will be at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 3350 White Bay Drive, Highlands Ranch. Cost is $10 adults, $5 students with valid ID. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 303-798-3815. Info: e-mail [email protected] or call 303-798-3815.

Live astronomy talk “Science On, From and Of the Moon,” a talk by Eric Hallman, will be at 7:30 p.m. at Fiske Planetarium on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. Cost is $6 adults, $5 for students with valid ID, $3.50 child/senior. Info: 303-492-5001, e-mail [email protected] or visit http://fiske.colorado.edu.

SATURDAY

Guided bird walk Morrison Nature Center is offering a free guided bird walk for birders of all ability levels (ages 10 and above) at 8:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Preserve. Take binoculars and a bird identification book if desired. Directions given upon registration. Register/info: 303-739-2428.

Raptor Program open house The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, 720B E. Vine Drive, Fort Collins, is having an open house event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for people who have made donations in the pat year and anyone who makes a donation the day of the event. Tour the raptor hospital and treatment facility, see the rehab caging and see eagles, owls and hawks up close while learning about what they eat, where they live and more. Info: 970-484-7756 or rmrp.org.

Science show Colorado College Cool Science presents a day of free hands-on science activities and workshops for all ages – an intimidation-free opportunity to explore the joys of science and engineering. Cool Science is a local nonprofit made up of scientists, engineers and educators who have a goal of getting Pikes Peak-area k-12 students, parents and teachers to “see science as cool.” The event is, sponsored by Colorado College Cool Science Club, the Colorado College Center for Service and Learning, Colorado Springs Cool Science and the University of Colorado at Colorado Spring’s STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Club, will be at 9 a.m. at Barnes/Olin Hall on the Colorado College campus. Info: coloradocollege.edu/news_events/ or 719-389-6607.

Family astronomy laser show program “Great Space Chase,” a family-friendly astronomy laser show program, will be at 3:15 p.m. at Fiske Planetarium on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. Cost is $5. Info: 303-492-5001, e-mail [email protected] or visit http://fiske.colorado.edu.

Photography hike Naturalist and photographer Derald Hoffman will lead a photo-hike, “Shoot Like Ansel Adams,” at 11 a.m. in Roxborough State Park, 4751 N. Roxborough Drive, Littleton. Meet in the Park’s Visitor Center; take your camera. A $6 daily State Parks pass is required for all vehicles entering the park. Register: 303-973-3959.

Family astronomy program “Stars and Lasers,” a family-friendly astronomy program, will be at 2 p.m. at Fiske Planetarium on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. Cost is $5 adults, $3.50 child/senior. Info: 303-492-5001, e-mail [email protected] or visit http://fiske.colorado.edu.

Spring flower hike Naturalists Lila and Peter Laux will lead a leisurely tour along the Willow Creek trail in search of early wildflowers and other signs of spring at 12:30 p.m. in Roxborough State Park, 4751 N. Roxborough Drive, Littleton. Meet at the Visitor Center. A $6 daily State Parks pass is required for all vehicles entering the park. Register: 303-973-3959.

Geology program Naturalist Mary-Margaret Coates will lead a geology program at 1 p.m. on the patio in Roxborough State Park, 4751 N. Roxborough Drive, Littleton. The program explores the origins of the Lyons Formation at Roxborough and along the Front Range. A $6 daily State Parks pass is required for all vehicles entering the park. Register: 303-973-3959.

April 11

Climate change talk “Colorado’s Changing Climate,” a free program by Robert Thompson and Laura Strickland from the US Geological Survey, will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center, 910 Colorow Road, Golden. Program is for ages 13-adult. Register: http://lmnc.jeffco.us. Info: 720-497-7600.

Bird watching and geology hike Join Front Range Birding Company and Roxborough’s Naturalists at 9 a.m. for a morning hike to search for birds and learn about geology in Roxborough State Park, 4751 N. Roxborough Drive, Littleton. A $6 daily State Parks pass is required for all vehicles entering the park. Children ages 12 and above are welcome. Take binoculars and drinking water. Register: 303-973-3959

ONGOING EVENTS

Telescope viewing Chamberlin Observatory, 2930 E. Warren Ave., on the University of Denver campus, has astronomy presentations and allows use of the 20-inch Alvan Clark refractor telescope beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Info: http://mysite.du.edu/~rstencel/Chamberlin/, or call 303-871-5172 for reservations.

Mining club The Denver Mining Club is a free (except for purchase of lunch) weekly meeting each Monday except on holidays with a mining-related speaker. Meetings begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Country Buffet Restaurant, 8100 W. Crestline Ave., Littleton. Purchase of buffet lunch is required.

River table Visit South Suburban Parks and Recreation’s Carson Nature Center in South Platte Park, 3000 W. Carson Drive, the first Saturday of each month and manipulate a river in the 12-foot stainless steel river table. The table is filled with plastic sand and recirculating water powered by pumps that can be controlled by participants. Visitors can create a city landscape and see how natural river actions affect their creation. Naturalists are on hand from 2 to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of each month to guide individuals and families through the free, hands-on experience. Info: 303-730-1022 or sspr.org.

Science open house The Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch, 16002 E. Smith Road, offers a free open house with hands-on science activities from 1 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month. Register: 303-739-2428.

The National Center for Atmospheric Research NCAR’s Mesa Lab, a working research laboratory at the west end of Table Mesa Drive in Boulder, has a free visitor center that is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends. The visitor center has a climate exhibit, an eclipse telescope, working supercomputers, a gravity well, and hands on demonstrations of lightning, tornados and fluid dynamics. Info: 303-497-1174 or ucar.edu.

Renewable energy The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory Visitors Center, 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Visitors Center features an interactive exhibit hall and DOE public reading room. Info: nrel.gov/visitors_center or 303-384-6565.

Kids nature programs Roxborough State Park, 4751 N. Roxborough Drive, Littleton, offers a “kids hour” with activities, stories and/or short nature hikes. Programs vary depending on kids ages and are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. on April 6, 13, 20 and 27; May 4, 11, 18 and 25; and June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. A $6 daily State Parks pass is required for all vehicles entering the park. Register: 303-973-3959.

Kids nature programs The Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo, 5200 Nature Center Road, has several free programs for kids the second and third Fridays of the month now through the end of May. On the second Friday of each month, there is a “Knee High Nature Hour” program for 2-3 year olds from 10 to 11 a.m. where a parent/guardian will explore nature with their toddler through music, crafts and games. On the third Friday of the month there is a “Raptor Tales Story Series,” program for kids ages 3-5 years old from 10 to 11 a.m. The program includes nature-themed stories, outdoor exploration and activities. The programs are free; there is a $3 parking fee. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Info/register: 719-549-2414 or visit natureandraptor.org.

Children’s nature/science programs The Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, has several science and nature activities for kids. Super Science Sundays at 3 p.m. on Sundays gives children a chance to try their hand at chemistry by mixing up and engineering their own toothpaste. Bubble Brigade at 11 a.m. on Sundays teaches kids about pressure with an explosive science experiment. Info: 303-433-7444 or mychildsmuseum.org.

Children’s workshops The Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., has many children’s workshops and events for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. For a list, call the Children’s Workshop coordinators at 303-370-8225 or 303-370-8347.

Nature programs The Starsmore Discovery Center, at the entrance of North Cheyenne Canon at 2120 S. Cheyenne Road, has guided “wildlife tracks and signs” walks at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays on the Columbine Trail. Info: 719-385-6086.

Kids nature programs Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch, 16002 E. Smith Road, Aurora, offers a free program for kids ages 5 and under every Thursday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with puppets, stories, activities and outdoor exploration. Info: 303-739-2428 or auroragov.org/parksandopenspace.

Nature activities South Suburban Parks and Recreation naturalists lead many outdoor, nature and environmentally related activities and events at Carson Nature Center, 3000 W. Carson Drive, Littleton. For a list of events, visit sspr.org or call 303-730-1022.

Nocturnal nature program “Nature at Night,” a free program, is at 6:30 p.m. the third Friday of each month at Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch, 16002 E. Smith Road, Aurora. Info/register: 303-739-2428.

Nature programs The Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch, 16002 E. Smith Road, Aurora, offers a variety of nature programs for children and adults. For a list of events, call 303-739-2428 or visit auroragov.org.

Nature presentations Garden of the Gods Park offers free daily nature presentations. For times and presentation topics, check the information kiosk at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., Colorado Springs. Info: 719-634-6666.

Wildlife refuge programs The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, East 56th Avenue at Havana Street, is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. There are various exhibits at the Visitor Center, and free nature programs and refuge tours. Info: 303-289-0930 for times and reservations, or visit rockymountainarsenal.fws.gov.

Natural history seminars The Rocky Mountain Nature Association offers a series of outdoor seminars on natural history topics in Rocky Mountain National Park. Info: 970-586-3262 or rmna.org.

Astronomy events Fiske Planetarium, on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, has a variety of astronomy shows, talks, and family matinees. The evening talks and shows are $6 adults, $5 students with valid I.D., and $3.50 for children and seniors. Saturday family shows are $5 adults, $3.50 children and seniors. Laser shows are $5. Info: 303-492-5002 or colorado.edu/fiske.

Public viewing at observatory The Sommers-Bausch Observatory on the University of Colorado Boulder campus is open to the public for stargazing (weather permitting) every Friday at 8 p.m. Info: 303-492-6732 or http://cosmos.colorado.edu.

Junior naturalist program Roxborough State Park, 4751 N. Roxborough Drive, Littleton, offers a “junior naturalist” program for children. Kids can earn a Certificate of Completion or continue on for an official Junior Naturalist Patch. Two hikes are required for completion. Kids will use their artistic skills and gain knowledge of the outdoors in this program. Ask the Visitor Center for details. A $6 daily State Parks pass is required for all vehicles entering the park. Register: 303-973-3959.

Junior rangers program

The Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch, 16002 E. Smith Road, Aurora, offers a free junior rangers program for kids ages 6-12 at 1:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. For information or to register, call 303-739-2428.

Self-guided junior ranger program North Cheyenne Canon Park, is offering a self-guided junior ranger program. Young rangers between the ages of 8 and 12 can earn “Steward Level” badges using Junior Ranger booklets which may be picked up from either the Starsmore Discovery Center, at the entrance of North Cheyenne Canon, 2120 S. Cheyenne Road, (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday) or at the Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center, 4075 N. Cheyenne Canon Road,(9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Sundays). Young Rangers receive a booklet, pencil, patch and certificate of completion. Cost is $5 per person. Info: 719-385-6086 or springsgov.com.

Junior ranger activity Colorado National Monument in Fruita is unveiling a new Junior Ranger activity booklet for kids ages 5-12. The booklet is available at the CNM Visitor Center. Once kids have completed the required activities (usually takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours to complete), they can return to the visitor center where a park ranger reviews their work and awards them an official Junior Ranger badge and certificate. Info: 970-858-3617 or nps.gov/com/.

Kids nature program “Animal Art and Awesome Activities,” an animal-related art and activity program for kids ages 6-10, is from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of each month at the Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. Cost is $10/class. Register: 720-898-7405.

Nature activities Curecanti National Recreation Area, between Montrose and Gunnison on Highway 50, offers two free programs: “Saturday Night Sky Programs,” featuring astronomy when the moon is small and moonlight hikes at the Dillon Pinnacles when the moon is full or nearly so; and “Junior Ranger” programs for kids every Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Elk Creek Visitor Center. Info: 970-641-2337, ext. 205.

Kids nature program “Nature Adventures,” a free parent/child program for kids ages 4-6 and parents, is at 11 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month at the Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. The program includes stories and nature activities, crafts, short hikes and games. Register: 720-898-7405.

Mineral group The Rocky Mountain Micromineral Association, a new mineral group, will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Colorado School of Mines Museum. The group is informal, with no dues, officers or newsletter. Microscopes and free microminerals are available at the meetings. Info: contact Richard Parsons, 303-838-8859 or [email protected]

Self-guided homestead tours Castlewood Canyon State Park, 2989 S. Highway 83, Franktown, has a new one-fourth-mile trail and self-guided booklet that takes visitors on a tour of Park’s old homestead and its out-buildings. The trail booklet is available at the homestead and the Visitor Center. Info: 303-688-5242.

GPS, map and compass class On the second Friday of selected months (subject to staff availability) starting Jan. 8, there are free USGS GPS, Map and compass classes at Building 810, Federal Center, Lakewood. Class schedule is: Map and Compass from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and GPS from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Info/register: 303-202-4689 or e-mail [email protected], or visit cr.usgs.gov/gpsworkshops/.

Roxborough Ride Naturalist-guided tours in a seven-passenger golf cart around the Fountain Valley Trail are offered at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in Roxborough State Park, 4751 N. Roxborough Drive, Littleton. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day rides are at 11 a.m. on May 9 and June 20. A Memorial Day ride is at 11 a.m. May 30. A $6 daily State Parks pass is required for all vehicles entering the park. Reservations are required for the rides; donations are accepted for vehicle maintenance. Register: 303-973-3959.

Guided walks Garden of the Gods Park, 1805 N. 30th St., Colorado Springs, offers free daily guided walks at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Meet at the north main parking lot trail head. Take water, and wear sturdy shoes and a jacket. Info: 719-634-6666.

TODAY

Historic open house There will be an open house event from noon to 3 p.m. at the Historic Persse Place in Roxborough State Park, 4751 N. Roxborough Drive, Littleton. Hike the Fountain Valley trail to the home. Naturalists will be on hand to give tours and share historic details. A $6 daily State Parks pass is required for all vehicles entering the park. Info: 303-973-3959.


To publicize upcoming science events geared toward and open to the public, mail details at least two weeks in advance to Andrea Labak, Scientifically Speaking, The Denver Post, City Desk, 101 W. Colfax Ave., Suite 600, Denver, CO 80202, or e-mail [email protected]