Pagosa Ranger District offers free programs

By Brandon Caley
Special to The SUN

The Pagosa Ranger District announces free programs for the week of July 14 through July 26. Walks and Talks take place in and around the San Juan National Forest unless otherwise noted in the program description. Programs may be canceled due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Sturdy footwear is recommended for those attending walks, and bring plenty of water to drink.

Read with a Ranger

Thursday, July 17, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., join the Forest Service for a summer of nature books and fun activities. This programs takes place in the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library meeting room. We will be reading books that are part of the Summer Reading Program, followed by a related activity. Books and activities are geared towards first- through third-graders.

Family adventures

Thursday, July 24, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., join Donovan and Jill Porterfield for some fun family outdoor adventures this summer. We will explore easily accessible areas of our beautiful mountain woods, while together learning more about a unique and wonderful place — the San Juan National Forest.

For convenience, we will begin our adventures each time at the parking area on the left side of Piedra Road just after the first cattle guard, just over 6 miles north of U.S. 160. Bring a picnic if you and your family would like to join Donovan and Jill for lunch after the walk.

Children of all ages are welcome to join the fun. All walks will be short in length, but long in careful observation and discovery. Please leave your four-legged friends at home, and all children must be joined by an adult.

Look for the last Family Adventures in the Woods coming Aug. 21 with a special guest.

For additional information, please contact the Pagosa Ranger District at 264-2268 or stop by and pick up a free Walks and Talks brochure at the front desk. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 180 Pagosa St.

This story was posted on July 10, 2014.