Friday, July 11, 2014

Lend a Hand to Colorado’s Lakes and Lands

The northeast region of Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) is pleased to offer three events to encourage visitors to help and appreciate our precious lakes and lands on Saturday, July 19:

Big Thompson Wildlife Area Lend A Hand Day

Big Thompson State Wildlife Area, fondly know as Big T, has been significantly damaged from the historic flood of 2013. CPW is seeking volunteers to help remove fence, clean up debris, and help scatter seed and plant willows to help restore some of the damage. Volunteers are encouraged to car pool as parking is limited. Amenities will be primitive.

Volunteer Project Time: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Lunch provided at noon) Sign up: If you are interested in getting involved or volunteering for this event, please contact Vicki Leigh at or at 303-291-7299. 100 volunteers max.

Boyd Lake State Park first annual Lake Appreciation Event

Held in honor of National Lake Appreciation month, Boyd Lake State Park’s event will provide public awareness on water as a vital resource that sustains life and provides drinking water, irrigation, energy, recreational use, habitat for wildlife and much more.

A lineup of community partners will be participating in Lake Appreciation day to provide the public a fun filled day at the lake. JAX, Mountain Rentals and WhatSUP Paddleboards will be out on the water demonstrating the use of water sport crafts such as kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards. Colorado Boating Safety and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary will be supplying the public with boating awareness and safety tips to ensure that water recreational activities are both safe and fun. Search and rescue is an important life-saving role and the Loveland Dive Team and Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado (SARDOC) will be in attendance to showcase their water rescuing skills. In addition, there will also be other outdoor recreational activities including an archery demonstration conducted by volunteers of Pheasants Forever, and a youth fishing clinic run by volunteers of Loveland Fishing Club and Colorado Parks & Wildlife. To finish out the day’s activities, the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society will set up telescopes and share details of the night sky. If you are interested in giving back to the community to show your appreciation of our freshwater ecosystem there will be some volunteer opportunities to take part in.

All activities are free and open to the public, but a daily or annual vehicle State Park pass is required. For more information regarding the details of Lake Appreciation Day and future events call (970) 669-1739 ext. 19 or check the park's website.

Cherry Creek State Park Lake Appreciation Day

Join Cherry Creek State Park for a day of fun in the sun! Sign-up for one of a number of cool volunteer projects from 8 a.m. to 11:30 (lunch will be provided), then stay for an afternoon of excitement! Projects will include a shoreline clean-up and the removal of harmful weeds at Cherry Creek. Volunteer help will protect native plants, fish, birds, and other wildlife at this much-loved Park.

Starting at noon and continuing until 3 p.m., there will be pontoon rides, educational programs and a prize-raffle for all ages (fishing poles, life jackets, miscellaneous prize baskets, and more!).

Volunteers should dress appropriately for the morning volunteer activities: closed-toed shoes, gloves, work clothes; bring sun block, bug spray, and a water bottle. Please call Tia Miller at 303 690-1166 X6566 for questions and to sign up your group or individual.


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