Fall Firsts at Morrison Nature Center
September 15th, 2016
Fall is the season of change as leaves change colors and warm evenings turn chilly. True to the season, we decided to mix things up for one of our Family Nature Nights as Morrison Nature Center (MNC) stepped-up to host. With invitations sent out to multiple schools the night was an opportunity for families to see what their community had to offer.
Families were provided a passport to get stamped at every partner table they visited. It was such a fantastic memento that the kids could take home. MNC was a beautiful backdrop for all of our wonderful SOLE partners to join together and educate the public.
Families enjoyed learning about the Colorado flag at History Colorado’s table and were given free child admissions tickets to the Museum. Kids stuffed their mouths with pizza as they gazed up at the Swainson’s Hawk and Burrowing Owl that Wild Wings brought to the event. A bull snake and turtle were among the local animals that families enjoyed learning about.
As a pink sunset blanketed over the event families left with big grins and a greater sense of their outdoor community.
Big thanks to Morrison Nature Center for hosting Family Nature Night! And Thanks to the partners: ELK (Environmental Learning for Kids), History Colorado, Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, Denver Botanic Gardens, Cabela’s, Wild Wings Environmental Education and Sand Creed Regional Greenway Partnership that helped make the night great!
First Annual SOLE Family Barbecue and Outdoor Adventure Day
July 16, 2016
For the first time ever, we hosted a day of adventure right here at our Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) office. SOLE families from near and far joined the CPW team to try their hands at an array of outdoor activities. Children shouted with joy as they reeled in fish from our backyard pond. They giggled and screamed, hopping along the grass inside colorful sleeping bags on our first ever obstacle course.
Many activities were brand new for some of our SOLE families. Children and adults alike smiled ear-to-ear after shooting a .22 rifle at the range and hitting the bulls eye during archery. Families learned the value of teamwork as they raced to set up a camping tent in under ten minutes. They also learned the importance of emergency fire starters, striking flint against steel to create bright, shining sparks.
As the day’s heat skyrocketed, families sat down in the shade for lunch, crafts, and our prize drawing. Families, educators, hunters, anglers, District Wildlife Managers, volunteers, and even a furry companion sat alongside one another… Under the same shining sun, one thing connected us all- a love for the outdoors.
Thank you to Cabela’s, staff, volunteers, and guests who made this such an incredible event.