KC Nature Programs for Adults & Families

Course Catalog

Check out this great KC Nature Course Catalog for upcoming spring activities:

KC Nature Course Catalog

Wildlife Awareness Open House

bear cubs in trash canKen-Caryl Ranch is a beautiful place to live and with that, it is beneficial to be aware of the wildlife we share our home with. Come talk with the Master Association Rangers about the dos and don’ts when encountering wildlife, see mounts and skins, and grab some educational material provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Jefferson County Open Space.

Date: Saturday, June 24
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Dakota Lodge
Fee: This event is FREE for residents. Registration is not needed.


Full Buck Moon Hike

Join Volunteer Naturalist Pam Little for a walk guided by the moon and stars. We will find constellations, talk about moon facts, and learn some interesting history of how many ancient cultures interpreted the night sky. Please be prepared to be outside, bring a flashlight, binoculars (if you have them), and a water bottle.

Date: Saturday, July 8
Time: 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Location: Dakota Lodge
Fee: Adult- Resident: $5
Non-Resident: $7
Youth (3-18yrs)- Resident: $3
Non-Resident: $5
Family of 4- Resident: $15
Non-Resident: $22
Group Size: Min. 5/Max. 15
Course: #44942


Hiking Club

Join us for easy to moderate hikes throughout Ken-Caryl and Jefferson County. Each hike will be focused on what birds we can spot or the wildflowers that are in bloom, but this will not limit the discussion on other surroundings. Please wear proper shoes and layers, bring a day pack with water, sunscreen, a sack lunch, and binoculars if you have them. Meeting area is Dakota Lodge where we will take the shuttle to our destination.

Ages: Children under 7 years must be with a guardian
Single Hike Fee: Resident Individual: $5, Non-Resident Individual: $7
Resident Youth: $3, Non-Resident Youth: $5
Resident Family of 4: $10, Non-Resident Family of 4: $14

Date: Saturday, Aug. 5
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Meyer Ranch JCOS
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Date: Saturday, Sept. 9
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Manor House to Tin Cup
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Good, Bad, and the Ugly in Ken-Caryl’s Flora

Ken-Caryl has many different wildflowers, most can be categorized as Bradford Perley Housegood, bad or ugly. We will go over native wildflowers, poisonous plants, and noxious weeds. There will be a presentation in the Conference Room and then a short hike to look for plants we discuss.

Date: Friday, Aug. 4
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ages: 18 & over
Location: Dakota Lodge, Hike to Massey Draw Trail
Fee: Resident: $10
Non-Resident: $15
Course: #44941







Learn About Colorado Native Plants

Native PlantsWould you like to use Colorado native plants in your landscape? Check out the exciting new offerings below – a webinar, conference and two classes about using natives in your garden.

Why use natives? You can increase the sustainability of your garden, save money from less watering, attract native pollinators and enjoy a bounty of Colorado’s native wildflowers, shrubs and trees.

DIY Native Plant Landscaping Installation – June 30; 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Discover Native Shrubs for Your Landscape – July 21; 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Learn more at http://npm.eventbrite.com, http://coloradoplants.jeffco.us and www.ext.colostate.edu or contact us at 15200 W. 6th Avenue, Unit C, Golden, Colorado 80401, 303-271-6621; Fax 303-271-6644.

KC Nature Hops!

We will come to you! Schedule a KC Nature program for your next school program, scout program or birthday party. Topics include geology, Ken-Caryl History, mammals, Leave No Trace and more!! For more information contact Gabrielle Chisholm 303-979-4070 gabriellec@kcranch.org.

For questions about KC Nature programs, contact Gabrielle Chisholm at gabriellec@kcranch.org or 303-979-1876, ext. 106.

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