Nature programs at Lory State Park offer family members of all ages opportunities for discovery. All programs are free with the purchase of a $7 daily park pass or the display of a $70 annual state park pass. For times, meeting spots, and to sign up call the Lory State Park Visitor’s Center at 970-493-1623. Programs will typically feature an adventure hike, so attendees are asked to come prepared with closed-toe supportive shoes and a water bottle to beat the heat.
June 13: Full Moon Hike — Strawberry Moon Hike
Meet at the Well Gulch Trailhead at 7:45 p.m. for this 1.5 mile night adventure. This guided night hike lets you explore the park as the sun goes down and the moon rises. Learn how these full moon phases got their names and some history, lore, and fun facts associated with this lunar month. Bring sturdy walking shoes, a flashlight, and water. Space is limited, so call the Visitor’s Center at 970-493-1623 to reserve your spot!
For children 7 to 10 years of age. Earn your Junior Ranger patch by attending one or both of the programs below, or by stopping by the Visitor’s Center to pick up a Junior Ranger booklet to complete. All programs start at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Parents and guardians are invited to stay for the program but not required to do so.
June 10: Who Goes There?
Participants will learn about the biology and behavior of some native Colorado mammals by studying pelts, skulls, tracks and scat. “Mammal match-up” challenges kids to piece together clues to identify “who goes there?” Program concludes with a short hike. Meet at the Visitor’s Center.
June 24: Into the Woods
Take a hike with park naturalist Alicia Goddard to learn about Lory’s plants, animals, and geology. Wilderness safety tips, basic map reading, and observation skills will be reviewed during this outdoor adventure. Meet at the Well Gulch Trailhead.
Youth Explorers Club
For youth ages 11 to 14. Dates for this program are June 16, June 23, June 30, and July 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It is essential that participants attend at least 3 classes as they build on each other. Meet at the Visitor’s Center. Pack a lunch, a snack, and be ready to hike. Program description follows.
Ever wonder what it would be like to work with and for the benefit of nature and humankind? Conservation Biology combines the expertise of several scientific fields including ecology, biology, wildlife management and more. Conservation Biologists work to benefit people, animals, and the environment. In this hands-on science course, participants learn about Conservation Biology by exploring Lory State Park and its diverse wildlife while learning about conservation.
Lory State Park, located in beautiful Bellvue, Colorado, offers visitors a variety of terrains and the stunning vistas of the northern Colorado Front Range. The park covers almost 2,600 acres and features 26 miles of trails that lead through forest, meadows and rock-outcroppings, offering visitors great opportunities for mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, bouldering, and horseback riding.