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Junior Rangers: Dissecting Owl Pellets

Lathrop State Park 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg, CO

Junior Rangers aged 2 and up. Come learn about owls and how brilliantly their bodies are designed to make them incredibly silent and effective hunters. Then, roll up your sleeves to engage in the hands-on exploration of owl pellets. This program is free and happens Saturday, Sept. 3rd at 9am. Meet near the Swim Beach […]

Hike the Hogback Trail

Lathrop State Park 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg, CO

Join Trish Lootens to hike the Hogback Trail at Lathrop State Park. Experience gorgeous views of the Spanish Peaks, the San Juan Mountains, and Martin and Horseshoe Lakes. This 3.5-mile hike includes a combination of flats and a moderate climb to the crest of the Hogback, one of many basaltic dikes formed around the same […]

Exquisitely Polished Metal Fish Sculpture

Lathrop State Park 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg, CO

Artists Roger and Catherine Fowler know that there is something magical about the appearance of a fish, the fascinating combination of complex colors appearing as if they are illuminated from within when seen in direct sunlight. They had a goal to create metal fish sculptures that looked as if they were alive, and they succeeded. […]

Junior Rangers: Rocks, Water, Air, & Life Swim Beach

Lathrop State Park 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg, CO

Junior Rangers: Rocks, Water, Air, & Life Swim Beach Playground at Lathrop State ParkFor Junior Rangers (usually ages 4-16 but all ages welcome!), join us to explore how water and in-air life are present. Rocks are more like sand and dirt, and they count too! Geologist/geophysicist Dr. Heloise Lynn will take us on a hiking […]

Hiking Cuerno Verde Trail

Lathrop State Park 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg, CO

Join us for a hike on the paved, highly accessible Cuerno Verde Trail around Martin Lake. Trisha Lootens will lead us on this leisurely 3-mile loop trail with flat terrain, making it an exceptional place to hike with strollers and wheelchairs. Experience excellent views of the Spanish Peaks and the water. The hike is free […]

Ancient Celtic Music & Its History in the Visitor Center Multipurpose Room at Lathrop State Park

Lathrop State Park 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg, CO

Join us to hear favorite local musicians Carol Queener and Larry Berg playing ancient Celtic music and sharing its stories and history. This program is free and happens Friday, August 19th at 6:30pm in the Visitor Center Multipurpose Room at Lathrop State Park. Because this program takes place at the Visitor Center, park passes are […]

Tips for Happier Hikes

Lathrop State Park 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg, CO

Taking care of ourselves & others on hikes & in life can make all the difference AND be lots of fun. Come explore tips for staying hydrated; taking care of our feet (vital for happier hikes!); being cool enough on warm days & warm days & warm enough on cool days & more. We will […]

Hike with Beginners’s Mind

Lathrop State Park 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg, CO

Naturalists and scientist often begin their explorations with widely open minds and hearts. Join us for an observational and contemplative hike on the Hogback Trail to see what nature and a calm mind have to share with you. Park passes are required for all vehicles entering the park.

Sasquatch Investigations of Rockies

Lathrop State Park 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg, CO

Does the legend of Sasquatch intrigue you? Join Sasquatch Investigations of the Rockies founder Michael Johnson to learn more about these elusive creatures. This program is free and happens Saturday, July 30th at 7pm in the Lathrop State Park Visitor Center Multipurpose Room. Because this program takes place in the visitor center, park passes are […]

Junior Ranger: Learn about Rocks and Decorate your Own “Pet Rocks”

Lathrop State Park 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg, CO

Join us near the Playground at the Swim Beach at Lathrop State Park to learn about igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks with geologist/geophysicist Dr. Heloise Lynn. Then, decorate your own pet rocks. This program is free! Meet at 1 pm near the swim beach playground at Lathrop State Park. Be sure to bring a parent […]

Recycled Art with Gary Weston

Lathrop State Park 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg, CO

Come learn about fun, quirky Recycled Art with Gary Weston. Gary is known for his science fiction, steampunk, and pop culture art. He will show us pieces from his collection and share his appreciation and approach to creating with recycled materials. This free program happens Friday, July 29th at 7 pm in the Visitor Center […]

Writing Your life

Lathrop State Park 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg, CO

An exciting event will be on July 16th at the beautiful Lathrop State Park Conference room in Walsenburg from 10 am-4 pm. You have an opportunity to be guided by the expertise of two History Colorado staff, Mike Erickson and Cat Jensen, and their skill in guiding writing workshops. They will offer tools to assist […]

Biking, Vehicle & Pedestrian Safety at Martin Lake

Lathrop State Park 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg, CO

Join us at noon at the Martin Lake Swim Beach Parking Lot to adventure with State Trooper Martin Valdez. Trooper Valdez will be sharing about pedestrian and bicycle safety, as well as offering rides on the seat belt convincer, an experience that helps us naturally integrate why it is important to wear safety belts in […]

Junior Rangers: Grow at Caterpillar at Martin Lake Swim Beach

Lathrop State Park 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg, CO

Youth, come Grow a Caterpillar at Lathrop State Park this Sunday, July 9th at 10:00 a.m at Martin Lake Swim Beach. This Junior Rangers program will be led by La Veta Children's Librarian Stephanie Masinton. A butterfly activity and learning about insects and their habitats and what we can do to provide space for them […]

Junior Rangers Fishing Program

Lathrop State Park 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg, CO

Junior Rangers Fishing Program at West Beach at Lathrop State Park Youth are invited into a Junior Rangers fishing program with Ranger Sean at 1pm at Lathrop State Park's Martin Lake West Beach Picnic Area. If you have a fishing pole, bring it along. We will have fishing poles foer those who do not have […]

World of Nature Hike with Edie Flanagin

Lathrop State Park 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg, CO

Nature and Wildflower Hike with Edie Flanagin Martin & Horseshoe Lake in Walsenburg Join naturalist Edie Flanagin Sunday at 10 am. If you love identifying what you find with your smartphone, Edie will also be teaching us how to use the iNaturalist app (free for both iPhones and Androids). The closest parking is the Horseshoe […]

Colorado Parks & Wildlife Officer Bob Holder Amphitheater Talk at Lathrop State Park

Lathrop State Park 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg, CO

In honor of Veterans and Public servants who protect people and nature, we would love to have you join us to hear Colorado's longest-serving game warden Bob Holder share his experiences. Topics may include how helping protect the natural world and spending time in nature supports healing from the stressors of serving in war zones […]

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