The Rifle Gap State Park Complex is offering programs for adults, families and youngsters through the summer with hikes, nature programs and other fun activities to connect kids and adults with nature and the outdoors. The programs are held at Rifle Gap, Rifle Falls and Harvey Gap State Parks. Please join us for this week’s free, fun programs. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 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 970-625-1607. The programs may be canceled if there is lightning or rain. The Aug. 4-5 programs are: Saturday, Aug. 4 Spinning the Ecoweb. Meet at Rifle Falls’ Wildlife Gazebo at 10 a.m. Hike Rifle Falls with a park naturalist to learn about the various ecosystems within the park. Create your own ecosystem picture at the end of the hike. Parents will support their children in the process. Creativity is encouraged! Bring water, a camera, sunscreen, and a bag to collect your materials. Teeth Tell A Tale Meet at Rifle Falls’ Wildlife Gazebo at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Join the Rifle Falls’ park naturalist at the interpretive table to become a “Nature Detective” by examining the teeth of some of our animals that live at the park. What tale do they tell? Take a Walk in the Wild Side and Enjoy the Wild about Bats Program Meet at Rifle Falls’ Mountain Mist Amphitheatre at 8 p.m. Take a Walk on the Wild Side. The “Wild about Bats” program celebrates the 2012 International Year of the Bat! Celebrate bats by joining the park naturalist for an interactive presentation on everything you ever wanted to know about bats but were afraid to ask. Learn some amazing facts about bats, take a Myth Buster’s group quiz, learn about their biology, ecological role and the challenges these amazing critters are facing. Bring your flashlights because as dark approaches we will hike and observe their flight patterns while they munch on their supper. Make sure you have sprayed yourself with insect repellant Sunday, Aug. 5 Beach Blanket Bingo at Rifle Gap State Park Swim Beach 11:30 a.m. Travel back to 1965 with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello and learn about one of our favorite residents of Rifle Gap State Park Complex– the beaver. Put on your sunscreen, beach hat, sun glasses and a pair of flip flops to play “Beach Blanket Bi
Rifle Gap State Park’s Interpretive Programs for Aug. 4-5
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