Steamboat Lake State Park’s interpretive programs will continue through Labor Day weekend. These programs are fun and educational for all ages and encourage an appreciation for all of the wonders found in the wild. Our programs run Thursday through Sunday and include interpretive hikes, educational games and crafts, as well as talks and guest speakers. Our guest speakers present programs on various topics such as black bears, wildflowers, mountain lions and moose every Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the Sunrise Vista Amphitheatre. All of our programs are free unless otherwise noted, but each vehicle entering the park must have a daily or annual park pass. The cost is $7 per day or $70 per year. The programs for Aug. 2-5 are:
Thursday, Aug. 2,
3 p.m. Animal Tracks Bingo –This is a children’s program that teaches visitors how to track animals while playing a fun game of bingo. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Friday, Aug. 3
11 a.m. What’s the Buzz about Hummingbirds? This is an educational program about hummingbirds for all ages followed by a hummingbird craft for children. Meet at the Steamboat Lake Marina.
1:30 p.m. Sensory Scavenger Hunt – This is an interactive program for children that teaches them about nature using all five senses! Meet at the Steamboat Lake Marina.
4 p.m. Mountain Lion Game Show – This is an interactive program about mountain lions for all ages. Meet the Sunrise Vista Amphitheatre.
Saturday, Aug. 4
9 a.m.: Flotilla – Come take a boat tour of the lake while learning about the wildlife and history of the area. This program costs $5 per child, $8 per adult, or $20 for a family of four. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Call the Steamboat Lake Marina at 970-879-7019 to make reservations.
11 a.m. Busy Beavers at the Sunrise – This is an interactive program for children about beavers and their importance to aquatic ecosystems. Meet at the Sunrise Vista Amphitheatre.
4 p.m. Talk With a Ranger and Historian – Our Senior Ranger, Brent Lounsbury, and local historian, Joyce Wetterberg, will be answering all of your questions about the park and the area. Meet at the Sunrise Vista Amphitheatre.
8:30 p.m. Black Bears of Colorado – Join Jim Haskins, District Wildlife Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, as he talks about black bears of the area. Meet at the Sunrise Vista Amphitheatre.
Sunday Aug. 5
9 a.m. Guided Bird Hike – This is a one mile, guided bird hike. Visitors will learn about the area as well as the birds found in the area. Meet at the Tombstone Trail.
12 p.m. Bugs, Bugs, Bugs! This is an interactive, educational program about insects for kids, followed by a bug hunt. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Image courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife