Resolve to Get Outdoors More!

Many people make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, get in shape or be healthier. Sometimes these resolutions work and other times they are forgotten. But what about a resolution that was fun and good for you? Here are the top 3 reasons why a resolution to get outdoors can stick with you.

  1. It is easy! Getting outside more can certainly mean taking up a new hobby or activity but it doesn’t have to. Resolve to spend your lunch break on a walk, ride your bike with your kids over the weekend, even walking to do errands will get you outside more often. Interested in making it more fun? Learn a new sport or try a new winter activity. Either way, taking simple steps can make keeping your resolution a snap!
  2. It will make you happier! Winter can be an especially tough season that often leads to depression from being indoors more. Getting outdoors can combat those feelings. Spending time outside helps relieve stress and recharge your mind. Breathing fresh and being active helps boost energy levels and can improve your mood.
  3. It will make you healthier! Just soaking up the sun can improve your health. Sunlight gives us valuable Vitamin D which helps boost our immune system. Getting outside also motivates us to move. Being more active will help maintain a healthy weight, heart and muscles. Exercising and moving outdoors can also lead to a better night’s sleep which helps recharge our bodies.

Spending more time outside is sure to be a fun and rewarding experience! For more ideas on what to do outside or where to go, visit the activities section of www.GetOutdoorsColorado.org. The Colorado Parks & Recreation Association can also help connect you to your local park and recreation agency. Visit www.cpra-web.org to learn more. This year, resolve to get outdoors more and enjoy a happier and healthier 2014! 

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Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA), The Sportsmen's Voice for Our Wild Public Lands, Waters and Wildlife, is pleased to announce our 3rd Annual North American Rendezvous, to be held March 21 – 23, 2014, in Southeast Denver, Colorado at the Red Lion Hotel.

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3200 S Parker Rd, Aurora, CO
Location Details: Free parking, Lodging available at the Red Lion or Camping at Cherry Creek State Park

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Basic archery skills workshops at The Wildlife Experience in Parker, Colorado. Come and join us in learning about an amazing sport that has been around for several thousand years. We have a few workshops available;

Archery I: Participants will learn international style target archery utilizing Genesis Compound Bows. During this two hour workshop, we will cover safety, equipment, technique and shooting skills. Our staff is certified through the National Archery in the Schools Program. This workshop is $15 for museum members and $18 for non-members.

What to Bring: All archery equipment will be provided. Please do not wear lose clothing and please have long hair in a band.

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10035 Peoria St., Parker, CO

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It's a day of turkeys at Barr Lake State Park! The morning will feature a turkey vulture family program at 10am featuring a live turkey vulture, turkey crafts will be happening in the nature center all day, and join us at the BRAND NEW Barr Lake Archery Range from 1-3pm for a Thanksgiving Archery Shoot. We'll provide the equipment and teach you how to shoot a bow at 3-D turkey targets! All events are free, however a parks pass is required to enter the park. Call 303-659-6005 to make reservations for your family.

What to Bring: Be sure to register in advance at 303-659-6005. Some events are inside the nature center and the archery range is outside so bring some layers, a lunch, and your camera!

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Barr Lake State Park, Brighton, CO

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Cabela’s celebrates the growing number of women enjoying the outdoors with Ladies’ Day Out, October 5. The event encourages ladies to enjoy the latest outdoor apparel, camping gear, personal firearms and other equipment with experiences and events planned just for them. The first 100 women to check in at the retail store on Saturday will receive a commemorative gift and everyone will enjoy shopping discounts and refreshments.

Classes will be taught by local experts and as always, are free of charge.

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Location Details: Cabela's World's Foremost Outfitter retail locations across the nation

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Primitive Archery
Saturday, November 23rd, 10:00am-12:00pm
Join Park Interpreter Warren Coker for program about the development and use of the bow and arrow. Learn about the materials and techniques that were used to make bows and arrows in this area. Meet at the Visitor Center.

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2989 S. State Hwy 83, Franktown, CO

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Its great hands on fun for all ages. There will be live animals, games, demos, and more! Celebrate our outstanding parks, trails, and the variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation, community education and volunteerism. Co-sponsored by El Paso County and the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Free, call 520-6387 for more information.

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Bear Creek Regional Park, Colorado Springs, CO

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TWE Archery workshop alumni! Are you looking for an opportunity to practice your new archery skills? Then we have an opportunity for you – Archery III. This workshop is for those archers that have completed both Archery I & Archery II at the Wildlife Experience. We will have an open range this evening where you can shoot on your own from a variety of distances. A NASP certified archery instructor will be on hand to run the range and provide tips and pointers if you desire. Otherwise, you are free to shoot and hone your archery skills and technique.

What to Bring: Dress for the weather. These workshops will take place outdoors in a shaded area.

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The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO
Location Details: The Wildlife Experience is an educational and entertaining museum that connects visitors with wildlife and habitats in a fun learning environment! A unique blend of interactive exhibits, large format film, fine art, natural history and community educational programs and events is unrivaled and provides The Wildlife Experience the opportunity to present information on the world’s wildlife and ecosystems that encourages discovery and understanding through fun and entertainment.

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Learn international style target archery utilizing Genesis compound bows which are designed especially for the beginning archer. The Genesis bow takes little effort to draw and is very easy to shoot. During this workshop, we will cover safety, equipment, technique and shooting skills. Our staff is certified through the National Archery in the Schools Program. This workshop counts as a prerequisite for Basic II Archery.

Open to all ages 8 and up. Parents must register and attend with children.

What to Bring: Dress for the weather. Workshops will take place outdoors in a shaded area.

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The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO
Location Details: The Wildlife Experience is an educational and entertaining museum that connects visitors with wildlife and habitats in a fun learning environment! A unique blend of interactive exhibits, large format film, fine art, natural history and community educational programs and events is unrivaled and provides The Wildlife Experience the opportunity to present information on the world’s wildlife and ecosystems that encourages discovery and understanding through fun and entertainment.

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