Backyard Backcountry Series

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Overview

Every Monday
9am-1pm
Free ($10 if transportation is needed)

Join a naturalist guide for a day out on your local trails, and learn a little more about what’s going on in your backyard! This weekly series of half day hikes will help you put on your naturalist caps, and explore everything from the flowers blooming in your backyard, to rugged ecology of Colorado’s alpine, and why mushrooming can such a finicky hobby!

Programs are limited to 15 hikers and pre-registration is required.

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Program Topics:

What’s bloomin’ in the backyard? : Join a naturalist guide on your local backyard trail to learn which wildflowers are currently blooming, and to how to identify flowers on your next hike!

Life on the Frontlines: Climate Change in the Alpine: Learn about how Colorado’s Alpine zone is the frontlines in the climate crisis here in the Rocky Mountains, and what research is telling us about how this environment and the critters that live here may adapt.

Alpine Wildflowers: A whole unique community of spectacular, hardy (and often very tiny) wildflowers thrive in Colorado’s harshest environment. Learn what makes these plants so beautiful, unique, and awesome!

Mysterious Mycology: What’s an organism that is neither a plant nor an animal, thrives year after year but isn’t always seen, that’s sometimes tasty and sometimes deadly, and are some of the largest organisms on earth? Mushrooms! Join a naturalist in learning all about these fun fungi!
*this is not a foraging program.

Monday, June 22: Homestead Trails, Edwards
Topic: What’s bloomin’ in the backyard

Monday, June 29: Shrine Ridge, Vail
Topic: Life on the Frontlines: Climate Change in the Alpine

Monday, July 6: Stag Gulch, Edwards
Topic: What’s bloomin’ in the backyard?

Monday, July 13: Shrine Ridge, Vail
Topic: Alpine Wildflowers

Monday, July 20: Grouse Creek, Minturn
Topic: What’s bloomin’ in the backyard?

Monday, July 27: Shrine Ridge, Vail
Topic: Alpine Wildflowers

Monday, August 3: To Be decided
Topic: Mysterious Mycology

Monday, August 10: North Trail OR Spraddle Creek, Vail
Topic: What’s bloomin’ in the backyard?

Monday, August 17: Shrine Ridge, Vail
Topic: Alpine Wildflowers

Monday, August 24: Trail to be decided
Topic: Mysterious Mycology

Monday, August 31: Shrine Ridge, Vail
Topic: Life on the Frontlines: Climate Change in the Alpine

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