Chatfield State Park offers nature programs to visitors of all ages. Programs vary from hikes, history talks, and nature education to the Junior Ranger programs and Beach Mania. These programs help connect children and adults to the great outdoors and Chatfield State Park. All programs are free but every vehicle entering the park must have either an annual ($70) or daily ($8) Colorado State Parks pass. To schedule group programs or for more information call 303-979-9115 or email

Friday Aug. 10

Scavenger Hunt Hike – Lakeview Parking Lot – 10 a.m.

Take a hike along the lake with GOCO Interpretive ranger Tiffany Gagne and look closely at the environment to find everything on the Chatfield Scavenger Hunt List.

Interesting Arthropods – Amphitheater – 7 p.m.

Join GOCO Interpretive ranger Tiffany Gagne and discover the arthropods that live on the park.  Find out how interesting they are and why they are important to Chatfield State Park.

Ghost Stories – Amphitheater – 8 p.m.

Join Prospector Pete and listen to tales, stories, and jokes around the campfire for a night full of laughs and a few frights.

Saturday Aug. 11

Junior Ranger Program – Amphitheater – 10 a.m.

Become a Junior Ranger of Chatfield State Park by completing activities in our Junior Ranger guidebook. These activities encourage exploration, examination and excitement for the park.  Complete the correct amount of activities and receive a Junior Ranger Badge. Ages 6 to 12.

Wild Animals of Chatfield – Amphitheater – 10 a.m.

Join volunteer naturalist Karen Pylant and see real animal pelts and learn about the habits and habitats of species that share Chatfield State Park with us. This program is for all ages.

Slocum Cabin Open House – Slocum Cabin – 11 a.m.

Explore the history of the park and the wonderful Slocum Cabin, one of the oldest standing houses in Colorado, with volunteer naturalist Bruce Pylant. This program is for all ages and the cabin stays open till noon.

Beach Mania – Swim Beach – 1 to 3 p.m.

Kids need a break from the water? Come to the ranger’s station and participate in arts and crafts and learn about the nature on the park. Drop in any time between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Star Gazing Stroll – Lakeview Parking Lot – 8 p.m.

Take a beautiful stroll along the lake with GOCO Interpretive ranger Tiffany Gagne and try to find constellations in the night sky. Along the way, hear about the stories that go along with each group of stars.

Image courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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