From nutritious food and drink to soothing salves and lotions, plants have been helpful to humans since the beginning. Discover common plants in the park and learn of their uses and interesting eco-relationships. We will recycle old envelopes into a field observation journal to use while on this fun plant walk.
Haul yourself to the top of a large cottonwood tree for a new forest perspective. A certified instructor provides all the ropes and safety equipment.
An educational and service-oriented summer day camp for youth ages 10 to 12. Get your hands dirty this summer in Garden of the Gods! Grab a shovel and dig into underground ecosystems. Catch soil insects and start a worm farm to take home for vermicomposting. Learn about rocks and minerals of the Pikes Peak region. Split shale from a fossil quarry and find fossils to keep. Become a soil scientist with soil chemistry tests for nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to find the perfect garden soil. Run soil erosion studies.
For the past ten years, VOC volunteers have worked together to eliminate hundreds of thousands of oxeye daisy flowers and seeds at the East Portal access point to the James Peak Wilderness. These efforts have kept this aggressive and highly destructive weed from advancing into the Wilderness Area. As a result, diverse ecosystems in the area are much healthier, and a variety of native plants are making a stunning comeback. Volunteers this year will continue the effort and pull and dig oxeye daisy at the trailhead and nearby areas, using gloves and hand tools.
Pineridge Natural Area, meet at the kiosk in the parking lot next to Spring Canyon Dog Park.
Take inspiration from nature and discover native plants that can make beautiful and practical additions to your backyard garden. 2 miles; easy. For ages 16 and older. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at naturetracker.fcgov.com or call 970-416-2815.
City Park, 1500 West Mulberry Street
A fun, free, active day with a zillion things for everyone to do, presented by the University of Colorado Health. Come outside to fish, bike, garden, climb, paint, build, paddle, learn, dance, eat, and play! Take part in interactive activities in each of Get Outdoors Day's “villages” (activity areas): Adventure, Health, Nature Play, Bikes and Stewardship. Free, no registration required, learn more at http://www.larimer.org/getoutdoorsnoco/
On July 30, 2016 you’ll have the chance to watch bees and other pollinators in action as we investigate the colorful flowers growing throughout Hudson Gardens and learn about the important job that bees have in our environment. We’ll wrap up with a visit to Hudson Gardens’ Apiary to meet a beekeeper, see inside a live beehive, and taste some delicious local honey.
Bee-come friends with these amazing creatures!
Preparing your roses for winter is the key to growing fabulous flowers in the spring. A rose growing expert from the Denver Rose Society will explain why fall and winter care keeps your roses healthy from year to year. You’ll learn tips on encouraging dormancy, when to water, how to transplant and rearrange rose beds, and how to prepare new rose beds for spring planting. You’ll also receive a recommended list of roses that do well along the Front Range and higher altitudes. The class will wrap up with a visit to Hudson Gardens’ Rose Garden.
Join us at Hudson Gardens’ Vegetable Garden to observe Colorado Master Gardener Volunteers doing what they do best! The Gardeners will be available June through September to answer your gardening questions and give advice on all your “how-to” questions. There will also be opportunities to observe bed preparation, planting, weeding, harvesting, and more from the experts who plan and maintain the Hudson Gardens’ Vegetable Garden each year. These events are free and open to the public. Drop by anytime between 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM to meet the Vegetable Gardeners!
Drop by the Hudson Gardens’ Herb Garden between 9 AM and 11 AM as volunteers from the Rocky Mountain Unit of the Herb Society of America clean up the Herb Garden, transplant annuals and perennials, and demonstrate how to care for a diverse collection of herbs. Representatives from the Herb Society will be available to answer your questions about herb gardening and how to get involved in the Herb Society.
This event is free and open to the public.