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.

Read an article about Cultivating Environmental Stewardship written by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

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.  

Explore on your own

Nature-Scavenger-Hunt-Checklist
  1. Wild in Our Town
  2. Basics of Birdwatching
  3. Guided Birdwatching Walk
  4. Guided Birdwatching Hike

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