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Parks in El Paso and Teller counties mark Colorado Public Lands Day

May 17, 2018 Updated: May 17, 2018 at 9:44 pm
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A young buck grazes in a meadow in Cheyenne Mountain State Park, on Friday, November 24, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)

Colorado is paying homage to its 24 million acres of public lands Saturday with the third annual Colorado Public Lands Day.

Across the state, public and private organizations are hosting events to celebrate Colorado's forests, rivers, mountains, grasslands and parks, which generate $28 billion in consumer spending and 229,000 jobs.

Here's what's happening in the Pikes Peak region:

- Spring Birding Photography Workshop, Fountain Creek Nature Center, 7-9 a.m.

Join award-winning photographer Mike Pach at the Fountain Creek Nature Center to learn how to best capture spring migrants. All skill levels welcome. Bring a camera. Limit 15 participants. $20 per person. Call 520-6387 to preregister.

- Red Rock Canyon Open Space Stewardship & Celebration, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Field Institute will lead a trail restoration workday between the Mesa Trail and Intemann Trail paralleling the designated Section 16 connector trail between 8 a.m. and noon. Afterward, enjoy lunch courtesy of Mad Crane Marketing, then hop on a guided adventure hike, guided and social rock climbing or social group bicycle ride. End the day with prize drawings and drink specials at Fossil Craft Beer Company.

Minimum age for the workday is 16 or 13 with a parent or guardian volunteer. Climbing gear is available if needed. Contact Molly Mazel, RMFI Volunteer & Partnership coordinator, at 471-7736 or molly@rmfi.org.

- Kids to Parks, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Celebrate Colorado public lands with archery, skins and skulls interactive display, hikes, crafts and other activities at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Event and activities are free, but a state parks pass is required. Daily passes are available for $7, and annual passes are available for $70. Activities at 410 JL Ranch Heights Road.

- Kids to Parks Day, Meadows Park Community Center 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join Mayor John Suthers and the City of Colorado Springs at Meadows Park for a day of running, crafting, dancing, snacking and socializing. At noon, a park proclamation will be read by city officials. The park is located at 1990 S. El Paso Ave.

- Birds of Mueller State Park, 8 p.m.-9 p.m.

Learn about some of Muellers 100+ species of birds living in the park's conifer and aspen forests, grassy meadows and quiet ponds. The event is $7.

For events across the state, go to http://copubliclandsday.com/events/.

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