LAKE GEORGE, Colo. - Eleven Mile State Park's programs for adults, families and youngsters continue through the spring and summer with hikes, nature programs and other fun activities to connect kids and adults with nature and the outdoors. All programs are free, but all vehicles entering the park must have a daily pass, $7, or an annual pass, $70. For additional information, please call (719) 748-3863.
May 25 through May 28
Please join Eleven Mile State Park for this week's free, fun programs. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The amphitheater is sunny, so bring water and a hat to morning and afternoon programs. The program may be canceled if there is lightning or rain.
Friday, May 25
Crawfishin' Expedition - North Shore Amphitheater - 7:30 p.m.
Join park naturalist, Beth Dodd, for this crawfishin' expedition to hunt the wily crawdads of Eleven Mile Reservoir. Please bring a container to put your catch into if you want to keep it. Poles and bait will be provided, as well as a few tasty crawdad recipes!
Saturday, May 26
Family Fun Hike - Children's Program - Coyote Ridge Trailhead - 10 a.m.
Everyone is invited to join park naturalist, Beth Dodd, for a ramble through the woods and a few of her favorite outdoor activities. Please make sure you have water and appropriate footwear.
Fashion-A-Fish - Junior Ranger Program - North Shore Amphitheater - 2 p.m.
Create your own fish! Join park naturalist, Beth Dodd to explore the ways that fish survive in their watery world, and join in an art project to create a fish from your imagination.
Fly Fishing the Dream Stream - North Shore Amphitheater - 7:30 p.m.
Join Brad Tomlinson, a fishing guide and owner of The Peak Fly Shop, as he discusses a few of his favorite fly fishing techniques for landing the big ones along the South Platte River. Brad will also demonstrate proper fly-casting techniques and have a display of some of his favorite flies.
Sunday, May 27
Bird Watching for Beginners - Children's Program - North Shore Amphitheater - 10 a.m.
What's that up in the sky? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it really is a bird. Learn the basics of bird watching, like how to use binoculars and bird books, in this look at Eleven Mile's feathered friends with naturalist Beth Dodd.
Colorado's Birds of Prey - North Shore Amphitheater -- 2 a.m.
Discover the amazing adaptations that allow Colorado's eagles, hawks and owls to be successful as airborne hunters in this program with park naturalist, Beth Dodd.
Intro to Fly Fishing - North Shore Amphitheater - 7:30 p.m.
Join local fishing guide and entomologist, Robert Younghanz, for an interesting look at the aquatic bugs that the fish are eating in Eleven Mile and Spinney Reservoirs. This will include a very basic explanation on fly patterns, what works and why and a number of samples available for review.
Monday, May 28
Junior Ranger Awards Ceremony - Eleven Mile State Park Amphitheater - 10 a.m.
Hey Kids! Get a Junior Ranger Activity Book from the park naturalist or at the park office. Finish it by Monday morning and bring it to the Junior Ranger Awards Ceremony to get fabulous prizes! You'll earn a Junior Ranger badge and more. Not quite finished or leaving before Monday? The park naturalist can help.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife was created by the merger of Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, two nationally recognized leaders in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado's wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs. To learn more about Colorado's state parks, please see: http://parks.state.co.us
. To learn more about Colorado's wildlife programs, please see: http://wildlife.state.co.us