Holiday season made special at Barr Lake

Column by Ron Hellbusch
Posted 11/6/18

The changing seasons and coming holidays are setting the stage for some fun and educational experiences for kids and families at Barr Lake State Park. Here is an early look at the state park fall …

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Holiday season made special at Barr Lake

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The changing seasons and coming holidays are setting the stage for some fun and educational experiences for kids and families at Barr Lake State Park. Here is an early look at the state park fall schedule and opportunity for some early holiday planning and scheduling.

The Friends Group of Barr Lake are offering a special day for veterans on November 11th (Veterans Day) 10am to 2pm. Free omission, park tours in the comfortable Eagle Express van capped with bowl of warm chili and conversation with park staff makes for an adventuresome way of saying Thank You vets! Reservations are encouraged by calling 303-659-6005.

Fall season is one of the two most dramatic monthly seasonal changes to observe local bird species. Migration is in full force for hundreds of bird types. Barr Lake is in the midst of filling from the South Platte River for winter storage, and as a result is the popular roosting and attraction site for migratory waterfowl. The Guided Bird Walks by Park Naturalist makes for a rare and exciting time to observe, photograph and identify ducks, geese raptors and host of smaller birds in the midst of their annual seasonal travels. Tours will start at the Nature Center on Nov. 24 and Dec. 22.

This big December event is a popular annual Week-long Sale & Holiday Open house at the Nature Center. Creative gifts for kids and stocking stuffers makeup unique Christmas items for kids with a once a year 20 percent holiday discount.

A not to miss event is the annual Holiday Open House at Barr Lake State Park. There is virtually something for everyone, including refreshments and time with Park staff. A full day includes the 9 am bird walks, craft making at 10am-2pm and an 11 am winter bird feeding workshop, plus an opportunity to explore the park.

A growing special event is offered by reservation, that being Full Moon Hikes. Explore the sights and sounds at Barr Lake State Park during the rising full moon period. It is amazing how active the Park is at twilight!

Call the Park about toddler activities. The Park Elves share time, stories and food with small toddlers 3-6; join the kids New Year’s Eve noon party and toddler story time Nov. 1 and Dec. 6, plus Christmas parade of lights in December.

For adults the Beer for the Birds Fundraiser at Big Choice Brewery 21 south 1st Avenue in Brighton is an annual gathering of Park supporters set for Nov. 30 5-8 p.m.

These programs and host of other equally fun, educational and exciting experiences await families at Barr Lake State Park. A call to 303-659-6005 will open up many ways to enjoy the fall season and coming holidays.

Outdoorsman and Westminster resident Ron Hellbusch can be reached at Ron-Hellbusch Comcast.net

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