Discover our Family Activity Backpacks that visitors can check out at select parks for their journey along the trail. Libraries across the state are offering two "Check Out State Parks" passes, each for distribution with an activity backpack containing binoculars, brochures and other educational materials to library patrons. These packs help turn an ordinary hike into a learning adventure in nature! The interactive packs will include: two large bug boxes, magnifiers, various guide books (covering birds, insects, wildflowers and pond or tree life depending on the park), binoculars and a nature journal.
Families can use the contents of the pack to let their imaginations soar or they can use some of the suggested activities for more structured exploration. The packs can help explorers of any age discover how fun the journey can be as they delve in for a closer look of the great outdoors.
Activity packs may be checked-out at the park visitor centers or office for day use and returned before heading home or back to the campsite. (less)... Read more
Wildlife Discovery - Fascinating Fun for Everyone!
Learn out about some of Colorado's most interesting and unusual wildlife species through fun activities and reading, plus links to other pages on the Web site! All activities are listed below.
Over 40 species are described! Each species has activities for primary, elementary, and middle school students. Collect all of them into a booklet and share them with family, friends, and teachers.
The Colorado Wildlife Coloring Book, based upon the species in this activity series, is now available for downloading or printing! It's in English and Spanish, too! Check out the Looking For Wildlife? checklist. Record all the wildlife species you have learned about and seen! (less)... Read more
Your public library has a great summer program that's full of fun for the whole family! Public libraries across the country are featuring music this summer, and their summer program has the fun - and true! - slogan, Libraries Rock! Find events for all ages, along with ongoing programs, concerts, and of course plenty of books, audio books, magazines, music CDs, eBooks, and much more to keep your family engaged this summer. You can also check out a nature backpack with a state park pass to get the family outside together, exploring and enjoying the beautiful Colorado outdoors. And best of all, when kids read and engage in enriching activities over the summer, they'll experience less summer learning loss and be more prepared to start school next year right where they left off. So visit your library this summer and sign up the whole family in the summer program - it's free, fun, and music filled! (less)... Read more
Your fishin' is our mission - School Tours available at State Hatcheries
Since 1881, Colorado Parks & Wildlife fish hatcheries have been dedicated to improving the fish populations of our beautiful state. Today, CPW operates 19 hatcheries that breed, hatch, rear and stock over 90 million fish per year. Many of the fish produced are to enhance angling opportunities, while others serve a critical role in native species recovery efforts. Colorado fish hatcheries support our angling pastime, which annually contributes 1.9 billion dollars to our state's economy! Tours for groups and schools must be arranged in as far in advance as possible. This will help ensure that a sufficient supply of educational materials is on hand and that your group has a coordinated, enjoyable experience. (less)... Read more
River Watch - Real People doing Real Science for a Real Purpose
River Watch is a statewide citizen science, volunteer water quality-monitoring network supported by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in partnership with the non-profit 5013 Earth Force, capable volunteers and others. Our mission is to create stewards for all water and aquatic resources through hands-on chemical, physical and biological monitoring of watershed health and utilize this high quality data to make informed decision to preserve and restore the condition of Colorado's water.
This program is unique in its statewide focus, leverage of resources, quality and frequency of data collection and use of the data for diverse watershed management decisions. (less)... Read more
Colorado Parks & Wildlife
The fourth and final section of the Colorado Birding Trail has been completed