The Rifle Gap State Park Complex is offering programs for adults, families and youngsters through the summer with hikes, nature programs and other fun activities to connect kids and adults with nature and the outdoors. The programs are held at Rifle Gap, Rifle Falls and Harvey Gap State Parks. Please join us for this week’s free, fun programs. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

All programs are free, but all vehicles entering the park must have a daily pass, $7, or an annual pass, $70. For additional information, please call 970-625-1607. The programs may be canceled if there is lightning or rain. The Aug. 18-19 programs are:

Saturday, Aug. 18

Silent Hunters of the Night.  Meet at Rifle Fall’s Mountain Mist Amphitheatre at 10 a.m.

Get personal with nature and get the scoop on the owls who work the nightshift in and around our park. Take an inside look into the bird’s diet by dissecting (with a partner or two) one of their regurgitated pellets.                                                 

Rifle Falls’ Predators.  Meet at Rifle Falls’ Wildlife Gazebo from 1 to 3 p.m.

What should you do if you see a bear, coyote or mountain lion? Can you discourage predators from visiting your yard or campsite? Check out the interpretive table with some of the skins and skulls from our Rifle Falls’ predators. Terry Wise, park naturalist, will answer these questions and more.

Take a Walk in the Wild Side and Enjoy the Wild about Bats Program Meet at Rifle Falls’ Mountain Mist Amphitheatre at 8 p.m.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side. The “Wild about Bats” program celebrates the 2012 International Year of the Bat! Celebrate bats by joining the park naturalist for an interactive presentation on everything you ever wanted to know about bats but were afraid to ask. Learn some amazing facts about bats, take a Myth Buster’s group quiz, learn about their biology, ecological role and the challenges these amazing critters are facing. Terry Wise, park naturalist will answer these topics and more.

Bring your flashlights because as dark approaches we will hike and observe their flight patterns while they munch on their supper. Make sure you have sprayed yourself with insect repellant.

Sunday, Aug. 19

Teeth Tell a Tale at Rifle Gap State Park Swim Beach at 11:30 a.m.     

Join Rifle Gap’s park naturalist at the beach to become a Nature Detective by examining the teeth of some of our animals that live at the park. What tale do they tell?

Wildlife Bingo at Harvey Gap State Park Swim Beach at 1 p.m.

Did you know that wolves are bigger than coyotes? Did you know that baby Beavers are called kits? All mammals have hair? Play Wildlife Bingo and learn some more interesting facts about the wildlife that live in or around Rifle Gap, Rifle Falls State Park and Harvey Gap State Park.        

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