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Navajo State Park programs begin this weekend

This weekend at Navajo State Park, join the park’s naturalist for some fun-filled events.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, meet at the Sambrito Wetlands trailhead for a 1.5 hour hike that will explore the mosaic of ecosystems that influence the Sambrito Wetlands of Navajo State Park. With its slight rise in elevation and its location near the Sambrito Creek, the Sambrito Wetlands trail offers commanding views and a variety of environments to contemplate. The Sambrito Wetlands is also a quieter side of Navajo that offers great bird watching opportunities which can be discussed in the context of the program. Bring binoculars.

Do you like cats? Wait until you learn about the wild cats that occasionally make appearances at Navajo! Through some fun activities, we’ll learn what is so unique about the bobcat, the mountain lion, and maybe your own household feline. This Kids’ Corner program will be held at the Visitor Center Pavilion at 4:30 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Later in the evening at 8 p.m. at the amphitheatre, come explore what makes the night time so special. In “Wonders of the Night,” you’ll learn about animal adaptations, human fears and cultural perspectives of the darkness. While it won’t be exactly dark at this program, do be prepared with a flashlight to get back to your vehicle or camp site.

Another hike at 10 a.m., Sunday, June 5, will offer tips on wildlife tracking. Practice your skills or learn some new ones to tracking wildlife on this two-hour hike along the North Piedra Trail. Bring binoculars and any other tracking tools that you find helpful. Meet at the Watchable Wildlife Pavilion.

All events in the park are free with a Colorado State Parks pass. Call 883-2208 for more information or log on to the park’s website at www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/Navajo.

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