New nature series offers naturalist-guided programs |

New nature series offers naturalist-guided programs

BRECKENRIDGE – Learn simple night-sky navigation tricks by using the Big Dipper as your starting point, find out why birds sing, become bear aware and more this summer with the Breckenridge Nature Series. Coming programs include Stargazers 101, Bird Songs and Bear Aware.In Stargazers 101, participants will learn simple night sky navigation, identify constellations and learn how to reduce light pollution.During Bird Songs, a program designed for 3-to-5-year-olds with adults, children will hike in search of birds, learn why birds sing and make a craft to take home.Bear Aware participants will find out how to help keep black bears out of trash and out of trouble.The Breckenridge Nature Series is presented through a partnership with the town of Breckenridge and the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC). The BOEC is a nonprofit outdoor education center that provides high-quality experiences to people of all ages and abilities. The Nature Series will offer trail-based, naturalist-guided programs for adults, families and children ages 3 to 5 with an adult and will focus on a variety of natural history topics relevant to Summit County. Programs are open to residents and visitors and will be presented at Cucumber Gulch, F and D Placer, the Moonstone Trail and the Blue River Plaza. Adult and family programs are $6 per person; Children’s programs are $5 per child.For more information, to receive a copy of the Breckenridge Nature Series schedule and to pre-register for programs, contact Peg Alig at the BOEC, (970) 453-6422, ext. 19,, or visit or online.- Special to the DailyBreckenridge Nature Series ScheduleSaturdays, July 19 and Aug. 9n Stargazers 101Join fellow stargazers as we learn simple night sky observation tricks. Bring binoculars and flashlight. This program is designed for individuals and families with children ages 10 and older. Advance registration is required. Location: F & D Placer, meet at Snowflake lift lot to carpool; 9-11 p.m. Cost: $6 per person.Wednesday, July 23n Bird SongsDo you know why birds sing? Find out and make a craft to take home. Program designed for children ages 3 to 5 with an adult; advance registration is required. Location: Breckenridge Nordic Center; Two sessions: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Cost: $5 per child.Tuesday, July 29n Stream and Water Bug BasicsFind what types of aquatic insects are emerging along the river bed from Zeke at Blue River Anglers. Program designed for adults. Advance registration required. Location: Blue River, (meet at Valley Brook parking lot); 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $6 per person.Wednesday, Aug. 20n Clickin’ HoppersLearn why grasshoppers are important to other wild creatures, and make a craft to take home. Program designed for children 3-5 with and adult; advance registration required; Location: Breckenridge NordicCenter; Two Sessions: 10 a.m and 11 a.m. Cost: $5 per child.Sunday, Aug. 31n Be Bear AwareAre you prepared to keep black bears out of trash and out of trouble? Drop by the Blue River Plaza and find out how to bear-proof your home and yard, what to do if you encounter a black bear and how to recognize their tracks and signs. Location: Blue River Plaza; Stop by between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Cost: Free to all ages.Saturday, Sept. 6n Wild Wetland NeighborsJoin us for a hike and find out who waddles, walks, hops and swims in Cucumber Gulch. Program designed for individuals and families with children ages 3 and older. Advance registration required. Meet at Breckenridge Nordic Center; 10 a.m. to noon Cost: $6 per person.Sunday, Sept. 14n Fine Pine CreaturesJoin us for a two-mile hike through lodgepole pine forest and find an array of different animals. Program designed for adults. Moonstone Trail; Meet at Carter Park; 1-3 p.m; Advance registration required. Cost: $6 per person.n For registration or information, call (970) 453-6422, ext. 19.

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