If you plan to be in the Denver area on October 10th, the best place to be will be Barr Lake State Park. Friends of Barr Lake is holding our 8th annual Fall Harvest Festival. The poster below has all the details you need about the events on that day.
We will be limiting the number of visitors to the park at any one time during the events. Please make sure to register at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0A4FAEAA2CA7FE3-harvest to make sure you will have a spot!
You can download the poster below to print for your office or home here:
The Leave No Trace 7 Principles may be difficult for young children to understand. This kid-friendly cartoon should help them realize how important it is to protect our natural world so they can enjoy and appreciate it as they grow older. Please share this with your kids, your grandkids, all kids!
Friends of Barr Lake is working hard to help make Barr Lake State Park a gold standard park! By receiving this highest standard of recognition, Gold Standard Sites become exemplary models, encouraging other public lands to ensure that Leave No Trace education is part of everyone’s experience when spending time outdoors.
Do you know what the 7 Leave No Trace Principles are? Why are they so important? Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the principles, and then take our Leave No Trace Survey…
7 Leave No Trace Principles:
Where to learn more information here is the Leave No Trace website: https://lnt.org/why/7-principles/
Friends of Barr Lake and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies are working jointly to build a sensory garden in the grove just west of the Old Stone House at Barr Lake State Park. The funds for the sensory garden were provided through a Legacy Grant awarded to us by City of Brighton.
The sensory garden will engage four or five of visitors’ senses, minus taste. The garden consists of a wheelchair accessible path through the grove. There are two flower boxes which are accessible by wheelchair that will have plants that allow visitors to engage their sense of sight (colorful plants), sense of smell (fragrant plants), and sense of touch (plants that are safe to be touched). Further along the path will be places for visitors to sit and enjoy the sounds of nature, wind blowing through the trees, and wind chimes. There will also be appropriate signage. The intent of the garden is to accommodate people with disabilities. The planters are low enough for visitors in wheelchairs to reach in, touch, and smell the plants. The areas for listening will have a bench and tree stumps for visitors to sit on, relax, and enjoy the sounds around them. In addition to the sounds of nature, and the wind chimes, the sounds of the outside world including the railroad and highway will also be heard.
The materials and labor for the flower boxes were donated by an Eagle Scout, Ryan Pelster. Planting soil, river rock for the base and weed barrier material were donated by Richardo Bejarano, a local landscaper. Wind chime was donated by Ron Burge (Friends of Barr Lake board member).
We are excited to work on this project with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and think it will be a great addition to Barr Lake State Park, that will be inclusive for many different types of visitors!