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Aug 12, 2010 9:57 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Cheyenne Mountain State Park offers outdoors activities

Summer is winding down, with some local schools already back in session. But Cheyenne Mountain State Park has a flurry of activities coming up over the next several days to take advantage of our long, hot days.

The entrance to the park is on Hwy 115, across from Fort Carson's main entrance.

Bats!

August 13, 8:30 p.m. 

Meet at Amphitheater
Ready to go batty? Bats are fascinating creatures. Unfortunately, many myths have given them a bad rap. Discover the truth about these nocturnal mammals and gain a new perspective on the importance of bats in the ecosystem.

Guided Wildlife Excursion

8:00 a.m. Saturday, August 14

Meet at the Visitor Center Parking Lot. The best time to look for wildlife in the park is early morning. Join us for a 2-3 mile hike to observe mule deer, wild turkeys, prairie dogs, and other park residents. Bring binoculars and water. Have $6 exact change, if you need to purchase a daily State Parks pass.

Junior Ranger Program 

Saturday, August 14, 10:00 a.m.

Complete the activities in the Junior Ranger Handbook (for ages 7-12 years) and earn a level one Junior Ranger badge. Handbooks are available at the Visitor Center or Camper Services. To become a level two Junior Ranger and earn a colorful Junior Ranger patch you must complete the handbook activities and attend a Junior Ranger program. Each Saturday a different Junior Ranger topic will be offered. Contact the Park Naturalist at 719 304-1086 for additional information

The Antics of Ants

Saturday, August 14, 1:00 p.m.

Meet at Camper Services activity room.
During our ant investigation we will learn basic ant anatomy, visit an ant hill, and craft our own ant to take home. Recommended age level 4-5 years.

Leave No Trace

August 14, 7:00 p.m.  Meet at Amphitheater
With increasing demands on our natural areas, it is essential that we all learn to minimize our impact on the land we love. The "Leave No Trace" ethic teaches ways to enjoy "wild" places while being responsible stewards of the land.

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