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Issue No. 51, October 2016      
Civic Doody
September 24 marked the annual largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands, National Public Lands Day (NPLD). At Jeffco Open Space, we celebrated by talking about and picking up dog poop. That’s right, we organized the pickup of over 424 pounds (!!!) of dog waste at the Elk Meadow Park Dog Off-Leash Area (DOLA). This unique, 107-acre dog off-leash area is very popular, but with increased use has come a host of problems, including elevated levels of bacteria in the stream within the park. When owners leave dog waste behind it impacts water quality in streams and pollutes groundwater. The dog off-leash area is experiencing unusually high amounts of dog waste left on the ground and was in need of a cleanup effort as well as ongoing monitoring of behavior and education. With 76 volunteers and 21 staff members across multiple JCOS teams, the clean-up effort was a huge success and the beginning of a continuous stewardship responsibility by all park visitors. This effort fits into the larger “Let’s Doo It!” campaign that is sweeping Jefferson County and is spearheaded by Jeffco Open Space and the City of Lakewood. Going forward, we encourage frequent users of the Elk Meadow Dog Off-Leash Area to sign up for the Friends of Elk Meadow DOLA group to stay involved and lead this sustainable effort. For more information about this group: mrmartin@jeffco.us, 303-271-5971.

Thanks to Doody Calls for bringing their industrial pooper-scoopers and donating two new animal-proof pet waste stations to the park!

 
 
From Floods to Finish Line
On September 18 Jeffco Open Space hosted the first ever mountain bike race on their trails, The Golden Giddyup. Even more significant than that, it celebrated the culmination of many long hours of trail stewardship efforts from the mountain biking community alongside JCOS teams over the past few years. This relationship was forged after the floods of 2013 devastated our trails and forced closures throughout many JCOS parks.
Wanting to assist with the repairs and ultimate re-opening of trails, a small group of neighbors and frequent trail visitors formed The Friends of Apex volunteer group. This group worked with guidance and direction from the JCOS Trail Services Team. On more than 50 different days, more than 60 volunteers put in over 600 hours to help get Apex Park re-opened. 
The Golden Giddyup represented an opportunity for mountain bike racers to contribute to trail maintenance and construction by pledging a minimum of 1 volunteer hour with each entry to the event. Instilling a sense of responsibility and stewardship to #shapewhatyoushred, the Giddyup consisted of local community members and businesses coming together to give back and raise awareness for the parks and trails we all share.
Hosted in Lions Park as well as three popular JCOS parks, North Table Mountain, Apex and Windy Saddle, the race was a major success for the whole community. In the end, the Giddyup attracted 440 riders, 1400 volunteer hours, over 120 volunteers and raised approximately $35,000 for the trails!
 
Fall Trail Celebration at
Alderfer/Three Sisters

October 15 8:30am-3pm
Volunteers will help restore trails that are experiencing erosion and address other portions that require some general maintenance. After the project, volunteers will be treated to a FREE BBQ and a chance to win prizes at the Alderfer barn. Sign up to help!
Lookout Mountain Nature Center’s
Tales & Trails Halloween Festival

October 22 1-6pm 


Enjoy games, crafts, storytelling walks, and fun for the whole family! Dress up encouraged. Free event, suggested family donation $10, individuals $5. 

Signup here

The Jeffco Native Plant Master® Program has received the Blue Grama Award for Environmental Education from the Colorado Open Space Alliance (COSA). The award was presented at the COSA annual conference in Estes Park on September 13, 2016. 

Register for the next Webinar, November 3.

 
New Trail Connection!
A new trail connection is open at County Road 93 between Matthews/Winters Park, Dakota Ridge Hogback trail and the Woolly Mammoth parking lot. It is a 10’ wide, multi-use trail connection with a pedestrian crossing beacons and refuge. Addressing a huge safety concern in this area, the connection increases parking options by over 1200 spaces in the adjoining Stegosaurus, T-Rex and Mammoth lots—encouraging better traffic flow for everyone!
Photo of the Month
The Outdoor Industry Association  came to South Table Mountain to create some new, designated trails! This service project was sponsored by Timberland with the help of JCOS Trails Team, Mile High Youth Corps and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC).
Video of the Month
National Public Lands Day at Elk Meadow DOLA was a huge success, with 424 lbs of dog waste collected. Sign up for the Friends of Elk Meadow DOLA group to stay involved and lead this sustainable effort. To join this group: mrmartin@jeffco.us, 303-271-5971.

October Parks Events

View full events calendars for Open Space, Lookout Mountain Nature CenterCSU Extension, and Jeffco Fairgrounds.
Alderfer/Three Sisters Light Trail Maintenance
9am-3pm
Jefferson County Open Space will host volunteer workdays every Wednesday and occasional Saturday through October in an effort to engage volunteers in a multitude of trail restoration efforts. Lunch Provided. More information.
October’s Night Sky
6–8pm at Flying J Ranch Park
Ages 6+ w/ Adult

The moon, the planets, and star clusters. We’ll view them all in the beautiful, autumn night sky with telescopes. Learn more.
Jeffco Open Space Nature Journal Club: Autumn Seeds
9am–1pm at Lair o’ the Bear Park
All Ages
After a short demonstration on using pen and ink to depict textures, we will examine and sketch the amazing diversity of seeds that can be found in the autumn landscape. Register here.
Preschool Nature Nuts: Lively Lizards
10:15–11am OR 11:15am–12pm
Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Ages 3–5 with Adult
Push-ups, sprints, and inflating like a balloon – all in a day’s work for Jefferson County’s lizards. More information.

Wednesday Walk and Talk
4pm at Matthews/Winters Park
All Ages
Meet an educator for an informal talk on timely nature and history topics. Bring your curiosity and questions. Come back each week for a new experience. Learn more.

Wednesday Volunteer Trail Crew at Lair O' the Bear

8:30am-3:30pm
Work will focus on restoring crusher fin trail, revegetation work and light trail maintenance. Lunch provided. 
Sign up to help.
Preschool Nature Nuts: Lively Lizards
10:15–11am OR 11:15am–12pm
Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Ages 3–5 with Adult
Push-ups, sprints, and inflating like a balloon – all in a day’s work for Jefferson County’s lizards. Register online.
Beautiful Junk Sale
8:30am-7pm, Early Bird $30, General $4
Jefferson County Fairgrounds Exhibit hall

Early bird shoppers get in free on Saturday
Early Bird Shopping: Friday, October 14th at 7:00am!
Beautiful Junk Sale
8am-4pm, Early Bird $30, General $4
Jefferson County Fairgrounds Exhibit hall

Early bird shoppers get in free on Saturday
Early Bird Shopping: Friday, October 14th at 7:00am!

Preschool Nature Nuts: Lively Lizards
10:15–11am OR 11:15am–12pm
Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Ages 3–5 with Adult
Push-ups, sprints, and inflating like a balloon – all in a day’s work for Jefferson County’s lizards. More information.


Full Moon Hike
7:30–9pm, Mount Falcon-West Trailhead
Adults Only
Are your senses in the dark up to task? The nocturnal creatures of Jefferson County are up to the challenge. Test yours while enjoying this special evening hike. Learn more.


Fall Trail Celebration with Jefferson County Open Space
8:30am-3:00pm, Alderfer/Three Sisters Park
Volunteers will help restore trails that are experiencing erosion and address other portions that require some general maintenance. After the project volunteers will be treated to a barbeque and a chance to win prizes at the Alderfer barn. 
Sign up to help!
Wednesday Walk and Talk
4pm, Matthews/Winters Park
All Ages
Meet an educator for an informal talk on timely nature and history topics. Bring your curiosity and questions. Come back each week for a new experience. More details.
Alderfer/Three Sisters Light Trail Maintenance
9am-3pm
Jefferson County Open Space will host volunteer workdays every Wednesday and occasional Saturday through October in an effort to engage volunteers in a multitude of trail restoration efforts. Lunch Provided. Register.
Fall Whale of a Book Sale
9am-5pm, Admission: Free, $10 early bird admission (8am)
Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Check out more information and find out how to volunteer.
 
Fall Whale of a Book Sale: Half Price Day for Jeffco Employees and Friends of the Library
9am-5pm, Admission: Free
Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Don’t forget your IDs.
Check out more information and find out how to volunteer.

October Birds at Lair o’ the Bear Park
8:45am–12:45pm, Lair o’ the Bear Park
Adults Only
Join our monthly birding group at Lair o’ the Bear. Observe and discover how to identify our local birds. Find out more!


Halloween Tales and Trails
1–6pm, Lookout Mountain Nature Center
All Ages
Enjoy playing games and creating seasonal crafts at our annual, family-friendly, Halloween festival. Register here.


Climbing Access Trail Maintenance at North Table Mountain Park
9am-3pm
Jefferson County Open Space will host volunteer workdays the 4th Saturday of each month through October in an effort to engage volunteers in maintaining popular climbing access routes. Register.
Fall Whale of a Book Sale: Bag Day!
11am-3pm, Admission: Free
Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Get a bag of books for $6
Check out more information and find out how to volunteer.
Wednesday Walk and Talk
4pm, Matthews/Winters Park
All Ages
Meet an educator for an informal talk on timely nature and history topics. Bring your curiosity and questions. Come back each week for a new experience. Learn more.
Hiwan Halloween
4–7pm, Hiwan Heritage Park and Museum
All Ages
Put on your best costume and enjoy Halloween treats, activities, and crafts. This event is free and open to children of all ages. Sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Society. More information.
Brutish Botanical Behaviors
10am–12pm, Hildebrand Ranch Park
Ages 13–Adult
Walk with a Native Plant Master and search for wildflowers. Understand how plants defend themselves.
Registration opens one month in advance of program. More information and registration.

 






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