Standley Lake Regional Park Programs
Park rangers offer programs throughout the year for visitors of all ages. Additionally, rangers can work with schools to create customized programs to fit into classroom curriculum. Please check the City of Westminster On-line registration page to enroll or call the Standley Lake Nature Center for more information at 303-425-1097. Here are some examples of programs offered throughout the year.
Owl Pellet Dissection Class - Learn all about owls and what they eat! You’ll get to dissect an owl pellet that will contain valuable clues to what the owl was eating and the habitat in which the owl was hunting. Each pellet contains a complete disarticulated skeleton that will be studied using bone charts. For ages 8-14.
Tree Ring Discovery Class - Learn about how to calculate the age of a tree, determine climatic change and adaptation through changing growth ring patterns, find fire scars or unusual growth patterns and identify tree anatomy. For ages 8-12.
History of Standley Lake Regional Park - Standley Lake Regional Park is a 3,000-acre park located in unincorporated Jefferson County. Ever wonder how it was formed or how it came to be a regional park? At the nature center, we have all that information and more! Join us and discover all about the fascinating history of this beautiful area. From the first homesteading claims in the 1800s to what it has become today! Please join us and learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the history of Standley Lake.
Pine Cone Bird Feeder Making Class - This class is typically held in the Spring! Join us in making a pine cone bird feeder. We will experiment with different recipes to attract different types of birds. All parts of the finished feeder are biodegradable, so if a clever squirrel makes off with one, the feeder will turn into compost! For ages 5-11.
Discovering Bald Eagles - Take a guided nature tour through Standley Lake Nature Refuge to get an “up-close” look at our resident eagles. This tour will discuss every aspect of an eagle’s life from cultural significance and mating rituals to what they eat for breakfast. This tour is interactive, fun and exciting, while at the same time, you will learn everything you want to know about the bald eagle. All ages.
Timeline Cottonwood Display: The Timeline Cottonwood trunk section was originally taken from a diseased tree in Westminster open space in 2010. The slab is approximately four feet in diameter and weighs nearly four hundred pounds. Utilizing Dendrochronology (tree-ring dating), it has been determined that the tree first began growing in 1890. Significant historical dates have been marked on the tree, and they include many historical highlights relating to local, state, national and international events. The tree lived throughout the terms of twenty-two American Presidencies, the Spanish – American War and into the Iraq – Afghanistan Wars. Visit the Standley Lake Visitors Center to see this amazing “time capsule” and discover some new and interesting facts about our history. All ages.
School of Snakes Class: Learn about the different species of snakes that slither about the park. There are 28 different species of snakes that call Colorado their home, but only three of those are venomous. Out of those 28 species, only seven can be found in the area and four others have been found, but don't commonly live here. You will have the opportunity to handle a live bull snake if you choose to! All ages.
Kids' Fishing Derby: In this fishing class, you’ll learn many things like how to tie a hook, the anatomy of a fish, what it is to be an “ethical angler” and how to handle fish. Fishing poles will be provided to children only. Adults must have a fishing license and their own fishing pole. Bait will be provided. This class is for kids aged 6 to 12 and is limited to 30 children.
Birds of Standley Lake: Learn about the Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons and Cormorants - all which live at the park. You’ll get to touch a heron nest, see the bald eagles/eaglets from a spotting scope, go on a 1-mile hike and see how both the heron and cormorant hunt for food. This class is appropriate for all ages; space is limited to 20 people.