Educational, kids’ programs this week at Navajo Reservoir


From Colorado Parks and Wildlife

There’s more than just boating and fishing at Navajo State Park.

Throughout the summer, a regular schedule of programs for youngsters and informational programs for the whole family are planned.

Four programs are scheduled for this week that will focus on learning about the park, archeological history and Native American culture.

Friday, May 24, 6:30 p.m.: Kid’s Story Time will feature Will Hobbs, a writer based in the Four Corners area, who will present “BearDream,” stories and tales about the Ute Indian culture and the tribe’s unique “Bear Dance.” Other stories for children will also be read. Location:  Visitors Center.

Saturday, May 25, 9 a.m.: Learn about Gyotaku, the traditional art of Japanese fish painting. The technique was developed more than a century ago as a method of recording the size and species of fish caught. Freshly caught fish are painted with a non-toxic ink and then covered with rice paper. The paper is then removed and a picture of the fish is revealed. This will be a hands-on program. Location: Rosa Campground shower building.

Saturday May 25, 7 p.m.: “Heart of the Dinetah” will explain the cultural significance of the Navajo Lake area to the Navajo People from about 1400 to the mid 1800s. Traditional rock art and numerous archaeological sites sit beneath the waters of the reservoir. Location: Visitors Center.

Sunday, May 26, 9 a.m.: Take a walking tour of the Lakefront Trail.  The park naturalist will discuss the area’s geological and archaeological history, and talk about wildlife and insects that flourish along the lake’s edge. Wear good hiking shoes and bring water and a snack.

All programs are free, but anyone attending must have a Colorado State Parks Pass.

For more information about Navajo State Park, or these programs, call 883-2208.