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Apr 22, 2013 3:47 PM by JD Downing

May events at Cheyenne Mountain State Park

COLORADO SPRINGS - April snow shows bring May flowers and things are blooming and chirping at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Wildflower hikes, geocaching, stargazing and birding hikes will make you feel like spring is really here.

Below is a list of May's Events.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park is located south of Colorado Springs at 410 JL Ranch Heights Road. Take Nevada Ave. south which becomes Colorado State Highway 115 to JL Ranch Heights Road opposite the Main Gate One entrance to Fort Carson. Turn to the west to the park entrance. Programs are free but, unless otherwise noted, vehicles entering the park must have a $7 daily or $70 annual State Parks pass. For more information, call 719 576-2016.

Wild Puppet Show
9:30-10:30am, Thursday, May 2 at Camper Services
Park volunteer Sharon Dykes-Modlens will help 3 - 5 year olds and their parents learn new things about some of the wild animals that live in Colorado. A puppet show and other activities will keep everyone entertained! Reservations required. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

Junior Ranger Class - Fire Safety
1:00 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 4 at Camper Services.
Do you have the right stuff to be a Junior Park Ranger? Get a head start by picking up a Junior Ranger training booklet at the Visitor Center or at class time. 7-12 year-olds can earn a Junior Ranger badge and/or colorful patch depending on levels completed. Reservations required. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

GPS and Geocaching
1 to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 5 at Camper Services.
Come learn the basic operation of a GPS unit. Then have fun using your skills to go on a treasure hunt to locate geocaches hidden in the park. GPS units will be provided. For ages 8 and up. Reservations required. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

Birding Hike
7:30-9:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 7 at the Visitor Center.
It's migration time! Join birding expert Charlie Campbell on an easy hike to look for and identify both resident and migratory bird species. Bring water, binoculars, and a notepad. We have some binoculars you may borrow if you wish. No experience necessary. Reservations required. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

Wildflower Wednesday Walk
9 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 8 at the Visitor Center.
Bring your camera, water and a notepad and join volunteer park naturalists, Pat Cooper and Lucy Bell, on a nature hike to see what's blooming in the park this week. Reservations required. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

Kids Konnecting With Nature - How Birds Got Their Song
10-11 a.m., Thursday, May 9 at the Visitor Center.
3-5 year-olds and their parents are invited to join volunteer park naturalist Jerri DeCarolis for an exploration of birds. Listen to stories and learn some bird songs along the way. Reservations required. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

Discover a Trail With Lee
9-11a.m., Saturday, May 11 at the Visitor Center.
Get your weekend started! Park volunteer Lee Tatum will take you out for a brisk morning hike on one of the park's scenic trails. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Reservations required. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

Family Mystery Hike
1 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 11 at the Visitor Center.
These naturalist-led hikes challenge families to solve a puzzle, riddle or mystery as they walk and search for hidden clues along a one mile, easy trail. Recommended for ages 4 years and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

Mother's Day Family Mystery Hike
2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, May 12 at the Visitor Center
Come solve the mystery of animal mothers and their young as you walk and search for hidden clues along the trail in this naturalist led hike. Recommended for ages 4 years and up. Reservations required. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

Birding Hike
7:30-9:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 14 at the Visitor Center.
It's migration time! Join birding expert Charlie Campbell on an easy hike to look for and identify both resident and migratory bird species. Bring water, binoculars, and a notepad. We have some binoculars you may borrow if you wish. No experience necessary. Reservations required. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

Pre-school Trail Adventures
9:30-10:45 a.m., Thursday, May 16, check at the Visitor Center for location.
3-5 year olds and their parents are invited to join volunteer park naturalist Jerri DeCarolis on a guided discovery hike along park trails. Dress for an all outdoor excursion. Reservations required. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

Junior Ranger Class - Birds and Binoculars
1 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 18 at Camper Services.
Do you have the right stuff to be a Junior Park Ranger? Get a head start by picking up a Junior Ranger training booklet at the Visitor Center or one at class time. 7-12 year-olds can earn a Junior Ranger badge and/or colorful patch depending on levels completed. Reservations required. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

A Walk in the Woods with Henry David Thoreau
1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 19 at the Visitor Center.
Come walk with a volunteer naturalist on the Zook Trail. At the Rock Garden relax under the trees as selections from Henry David Thoreau's writings are read and discussed. Reservations required. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

Birding Hike
7:30-9:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 21 at the Visitor Center.
It's migration time! Join birding expert, Charlie Campbell, on an easy hike to look for and identify both resident and migratory bird species. Bring water, binoculars, and a notepad. We have some binoculars you may borrow if you wish. No experience necessary. Reservations required. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

Wildflower Wednesday Walk
9 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 22 at the Visitor Center.
Bring your camera, water and a notepad and join volunteer park naturalists, Pat Cooper and Lucy Bell, on a nature hike to see what's blooming in the park this week. Reservations required. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

Starry, Starry Night
7-8 p.m., Friday, May 24 at the Visitor Center.
Come learn about the stars and constellations you can see in the night sky. Reservations required. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

Full Moon Hike
8 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, May 24 at the Visitor Center.
Join us on this guided evening stroll as we explore moonlit landscapes and discover the nocturnal activities of owls and other nighttime creatures. Bring a flashlight. Reservations required. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

Discover a Trail
9-11a.m., Saturday, May 25 at the Visitor Center.
Get your weekend started! Park volunteer Lee Tatum will take you out for a brisk morning hike on one of the park's scenic trails. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Reservations required. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

Hummers of Summer
7-8 p.m., Saturday, May 25 at the Amphitheater.
There are four species of hummingbirds that come to Colorado. Come discover some of the special abilities of these tiny, feathered jewels. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

Family Mystery Hike
1 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 25 at the Visitor Center.
These naturalist-led hikes challenge families to solve a puzzle, riddle or mystery as they walk and search for hidden clues along a one mile, easy trail. Recommended for ages 4 years and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

Birding Hike
7:30-9:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 28 at the Visitor Center.
It's migration time! Join birding expert Charlie Campbell on an easy hike to look for and identify both resident and migratory bird species. Bring water, binoculars, and a notepad. We have some binoculars you may borrow if you wish. No experience necessary. Reservations required. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.

Big Cats
7-8 p.m., Friday, May 31 at the Amphitheater.
Colorado is home to three species of wild cats. Come join a park naturalist to find out what they are, where they live and what they eat. Call 719 576-2016. Parks pass required.


Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of Colorado's wildlife and a variety of outdoor recreation. For more information go to http://cpw.state.co.us.

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