Friends of Barr Lake is a non-profit organization formed to partner with Barr Lake State Park for education, recreation and conservation activities. All contributions to FOBL are used directly to support construction projects, park maintenance, special events, and educational programs. No one on the FOBL board accepts any kind of monetary payments for their efforts. They log thousands of hours of volunteer work each year.
A great example of our mission in action were the activities of this past weekend. On Saturday afternoon, Friends members and park staff helped a group of 35 children select and paint pumpkins to take home for Halloween decorations.
This event required no additional payment from attendees, aside from the park entrance fees. The pumpkins were donated by Mazzotti Farms. The kids had a great time, and all of their creations were beautiful and quite unique.
On Saturday evening, FOBL members, along with park volunteers and staff, showed amazing last-minute flexibility when they moved the Halloween Trail festivities into the Nature Center due to the incredibly fast advance of high, cold winds ahead of the coming snow storm. This ensured that no one was disappointed, and most people who planned to attend braved the high winds to make sure they did not miss this really popular annual event!
Each of these activities had not only fun things to do, but they afforded educational opportunities by FOBL, Barr Lake SP, and nearby partner organizations. Kids learned about pumpkins, their importance over the years, and how in Ireland they used turnips as Halloween decorations before pumpkins became popular in the US. The planned educational stops along the trail were moved inside, including information about nocturnal animals. Also provided were crafts for the kids, a face painter, and snacks and hot beverages.
FOBL is proud to partner with Barr Lake State Park and our neighbors to help provide these types of events for our community!
We have the most wonderful, supportive community ever! Our 7th Annual Harvest Festival was held on Saturday, and we raised over $1237! All of the money raised by Friends of Barr Lake events is dedicated to help Barr Lake State Park provide education, recreation and conservation activities.
We had 842 attendees! A great crowd. About 300 of those were kids who loved playing the midway games. We had a petting zoo, kids crafts, carnival games, hayrack rides, face painters, art festival, and a yogi bear express ride.
Saturday, September 28th was a great time for visitors to the park. First, it was Bark in the Park day. It’s a special day when we celebrate our love of dogs and shower them with attention and gifts! Dogs come to walk in the park every day, but on one special day each year, we invite them all to join us for a really fun day.
We had tons of sponsors and participants this year:
Owners and their dogs posed together at the funny-face stand-in for a perfect photo op (at least those who could get their dogs to put their face through the hole.) There was a Pooch Pool Party, and a Dog Bone Kissing Booth. It was an opportunity for beloved pets to become Bark Rangers!!!
This was also National Public Lands Day, and we had lots of volunteers helping us clean up the park!
Check out photos of each of these events on our Fun, Fun, Fun page!
On August 31, 2019 visitors enjoyed an evening of music and dancing to the light of a beautiful sunset while supporting a great organization–Friends of Barr Lake! The proceeds of this concert went towards the Bergman Barn Restoration Project at Barr Lake State Park.
The great music was provided by Colorado Southern Band. They always get toes tapping and feet moving!
We raised $698.23 from the Concert on the Prairie for the Bergman Barn. We are moving closer to our goal of $25,000 in matching funds to help the park complete this project that will benefit our entire community!
Here is a story in The Daily Post about the concert and the importance of the Bergman Barn renovation:
Autumn is an exciting season at Barr Lake. Our premier event is our 7th Annual Harvest Festival on October 12th. So much fun, and so much to do!
There are tons of other events planned like Friday Night Campfire Tales, Drawing from Nature, Bark in the Park, and a Halloween Trail.
If you haven’t visited Barr Lake lately, plan to visit during the Fall season when the leaves are turning, giving the park a beautiful and colorful glow.
If you visit, make sure to go out to the Gazebo and take in the amazing beauty of the Bald Eagles’ nest surrounded by incredible colors! And watch closely for tiny birds taking advantage of the fallen leaves to hide when you approach!