ORCHARD, Colorado – Summer is in full swing at Jackson Lake State Park, including many fun filled programs for the whole family. Admission to the events is free, but visitors to the park must have a daily or an annual Colorado State Parks Pass. The weekend activities begin with Friday night movies, starting at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome to join Ranger Shana Martin at the Jackson Lake State Park Visitor Center to watch a movie that relates to the interpretive programs on Saturday and Sunday. Bring your popcorn and drinks for an enjoyable evening.

A series of interpretive programs will be held on Saturday nights at 7 p.m. in the outdoor Cove Amphitheater. The June 11 program about tornadoes will be presented by Morgan County Emergency Manager Steve Enfante. On June 18, a boat safety program will be presented by boat patrol officer Luke Owens. And on June 25, Val Loose from the Morgan County Soil Conservation District will present a program about pollinators.

The Sunday programs for children start at 10 a.m. in the visitor center and will relate to the Saturday evening program. Children working on their Junior Ranger Badge can contact Ranger Martin for assistance on Sunday as well.

The Junior Ranger program kicks off with a week long program, June 14 through June 17. The classes will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 5 p. m. Children can earn their badge by attending all four of the classes. Children may also earn the Junior Ranger badge by attending ten or more interpretive programs or by completing the independent study course. Both require completion of the scavenger hunt at the park. Contact Ranger Martin for more details at (970) 645-2551 or jackson.lake@state.co.us.

Colorado State Parks get everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado’s 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado’s economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado State Parks is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.parks.state.co.us.

Contact:

Brad Jackson, (970) 645-2551, Jackson.lake@state.co.us

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