Public Environmental Education
The Town of Castle Rock offers a variety of indoor environmental educational programs and classes throughout the year. These free programs are generally all-ages and provide information on birds and local wildlife found around Castle Rock and Douglas County. These programs are intended to offer tips on wildlife watching, identifying different wildlife, how to respond to wildlife encounters and how to become a birdwatcher or improve your bird watching skills.
Parks and recreation is a lead provider of programs and spaces where youth can learn about and connect with nature. Cultivating an interest in environmental stewardship early in a child’s life results in more environmentally conscious and conscientious adults.
Interested in other stewardship opportunities? Check out our POST Partners Program which provides seasonal opportunities for willow harvest and planting, as well as tree planting in April and trash clean-ups year round.
Wild in Our Town
This popular education program returns in 2022! Get the chance to see and touch real wildlife displays and learn about local wildlife at this annual public program. Natural resource staff and law enforcement representatives from the Town of Castle Rock, Douglas County Open Space and Colorado Parks & Wildlife will provide interesting wildlife facts and answer questions about coyotes, bears, deer, mountain lions, bobcats, rattlesnakes, prairie dogs, beavers, turkeys and other native wildlife. Tips will include how to avoid human-wildlife conflicts and how to watch wildlife in a responsible manner. Free and open to all ages. No registration is required.
Date: April 27, 2022
Day/time: Wednesday, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Philip S. Miller Library
Basics of Birdwatching (Part 1)
Are you interested in learning about birds or developing your birdwatching skills? Join the Town’s Natural Resource Specialist for this indoor birdwatching program for beginners. Learn about bird identification, choosing and using binoculars and field guides, finding local birding spots, and so much more. Preregistration is required at CRgov.com/Registration or contact bspagnuolo@CRgov.com or 720-733-2294 for questions.
Date: May 4, 2022
Day/time: Wednesday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Philip S. Miller Library
Watch a recording of the 2020 webinar!
Guided Birdwatching Walk (Part 2)
Join the Natural Resource Specialist for an early morning walk along a paved trail in search of migratory songbirds and birds of prey in Castle Rock. This two-hour easy walk is designed to advance birding skills discussed in the indoor class, but attendance in part 1 is not required. Please bring your own binoculars. Meet at the Castle Rock Central Service Center parking lot, 1400 Caprice Drive. Preregistration is required at CRgov.com/Registration or contact bspagnuolo@CRgov.com or 720-733-2294 for questions.
Date: May 14, 2022
Day/time: Saturday, 8 to 10 a.m.
Location: East Plum Creek Trail (meet in the Central Service Center parking lot at 1400 Caprice Drive)
Basics of Birdwatching Guided Hike (Part 2)
Join the Natural Resource Specialist for a guided hike in search of grassland and forest birds. This 2.3-mile hike will be on both the easy Chuck’s Loop Trail in search of grassland birds and bluebirds and the more difficult Legacy Trail as it travels through a mature forest on the shaded north slope of the mesa. Please bring your own binoculars. Preregistration is required at CRgov.com/Registration or contact bspagnuolo@CRgov.com or 720-733-2294 for questions.
Date: May 18, 2022
Day/time: Wednesday, 8-10 a.m.
Location: Gateway Mesa Open Space (Chuck’s Loop and Legacy Trail)