Eleven Mile State Park’s programs for adults, families, and youngsters continue through the summer with hikes, nature programs and other fun activities to connect kids and adults with nature and the outdoors. 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 719-748-3863. The amphitheater is sunny, so bring water and a hat to morning and afternoon programs. The program may be canceled if there is lightning or rain. The Aug. 17-19 programs are:

Friday, Aug. 17

The History of Eleven Mile State Park – North Shore Amphitheater – 8 p.m.

Join park naturalist and local historian Beth Dodd for a look at the fascinating history of Eleven Mile State Park and the surrounding area. We will discover the people behind the names of local landmarks and learn what Eleven Mile was like before the reservoir was built.

Saturday, Aug. 18

The Tree and Me – Children’s Program – Coyote Ridge Trailhead – 10 a.m.

Experience the wonders of trees with park naturalist, Beth Dodd. We will play a game and investigate the different trees and shrubs along the trail.

Pioneer Games – Jr. Ranger Program – North Shore Amphitheater – 2 p.m.

Kids of all ages are invited to play three old-time games, like the ones the children of Howbert may have played before their town was flooded by Eleven Mile Reservoir. Park naturalist, Beth Dodd, will direct the fun.

Colorado Felines – North Shore Amphitheater – 8 p.m.

Join Sue Cranston and Carol Scarborough, operators of the Indigo Mountain Nature Center, for a tell-all discussion that focuses on the felines of Colorado. Learn about the habits and habitats of the mountain lion, lynx and bobcat.

Sunday, Aug. 19

Junior Ranger Awards Ceremony – Eleven Mile State Park Amphitheater – 10 a.m.

Hey kids! Get a Junior Ranger Activity Book from the park naturalist or at the park office. Finish it by Sunday morning and bring it to the Junior Ranger Awards Ceremony to get fabulous prizes! You’ll earn a Junior Ranger badge and more. Not quite finished or leaving early? The park naturalist can help.

Image courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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