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Upcoming Events

September 1 Volunteer Work Day and Appreciation Picnic! 

Following our volunteer work day (10 am – noon) at Morrison Nature Center on Saturday, September 1, we are hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Picnic! The picnic will start at NOON!

We want to thank the volunteers who have helped us in MANY ways throughout the year–by helping out on one of our work days, by filing trail condition reports/ride reports, by serving on our board or one of our committees, etc. We’re serving a picnic lunch and we’ll have goodies and gifts to show our appreciation for your care and concern and the HARD WORK you bring to our Sand Creek Greenway.

Please sign up by emailing Courtney at cgarwood@sandcreekgreenway.org  THANK YOU!

 

September 8 Xcel Energy Day of Service

We’ll be working at the Commerce City Wetland Park again this year for the Xcel Energy Day of Service and want to you to feel welcome to join us! This special work day runs from 8 am to 11 am, and we’ll be working on a host of habitat restoration and trail clean-up activities.

It is important to sign up in advance for this one, as space is limited!
Sign up here: http://xcelenergydos.ivolunteer.com/sandcreek18

Activities include: 1) planting native tree species, 2) planting native grass/forbs/wildflower species, 3) creating “milkweed seed bombs” out of clay and native milkweed seeds to support the planting and establishment of native milkweed seeds, and 4) re-caging trees (particularly young cottonwood trees) to prevent future damage by beavers.

You will want to wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, long pants (like jeans), and closed toe shoes (like sneakers). Xcel Energy will provide t-shirts, bottled water and snacks for everyone. Sand Creek Greenway, Commerce City and Xcel Energy will have all other necessary tools for you to use.

The park is located at 52nd Ave. and Ivy St, Commerce City, CO 80022. From I-70 you can take Colorado Blvd north, then go east on E 52nd to the trailhead parking lot near the intersection of Ivy and E. 52nd. There is parking along E. 52nd Ave after the trailhead lot fills up. Google map.

 

Volunteer Work Days!

The Neighborhood Partners Environmental Team (NPET) will meet once a month on a Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon. Volunteer activities include trash pick up, removing invasive species, planting native trees and shrubs, removing graffiti, and repairing the trail. We welcome all volunteers: individuals, families (children over five, please), retirees, students, groups. Please email Courtney at cgarwood@sandcreekgreenway.org for more information, or if you would like to attend.

Our 2018 Volunteer Work Days!
January 6 Smith Road Trail head area, Denver
February 3 Bluff Lake Nature Center
March 10 Commerce City
April 7 Star K Ranch, Aurora
April 22 (Earth Day Cleanup!) Sand Creek Park, Aurora 9 am to noon (planting trees and seeds, trash pickup and general park cleanup!)
May 5 Westerly Creek area, Denver
June 2 Bluff Lake Nature Center
July 8 Commerce City
August 11 Smith Road Trail head area, Denver plus a fundraiser with Runners Roost (Stapleton) and Cheluna Brewing Company 
September 1 Aurora (and volunteer appreciation picnic!)
September 8 Commerce City Wetland Park (Xcel Energy Day of Service–special sign up required, see above!)
October 6 Bluff Lake Nature Center
November 3 Commerce City
December 1 Star K Ranch, Aurora

We thank Suncor Energy for support of the volunteer work days across the calendar, with additional thanks to ConocoPhillips for their additional support of the Aurora volunteer work days on April 7, April 22, September 1 and December 1. We also thank Xcel Energy for support to add naturalist information and speakers to our volunteer work days and other Greenway programming.

 SPECIAL Walk2Connect walks on our Sand Creek Greenway!

Our spring series of walks was enormously successful with 15 walkers completing all four segments–and all 14 miles–of our Greenway. In total, we had 44 walkers, and a total of 408 miles walked!

We are enormously excited to partner with Walk2Connect again this fall as they create and lead special Sand Creek Greenway walks! Please register online at their website (see links below for each walk) and plan to participate in all four walks! Those who walk the entire 14 miles will receive a special gift from us–a Sand Creek Greenway patch!

This fall, we’ll walk west to east, so we’ll start with Segment 4.

Schedule for all 4 segments:

Segment 4 Saturday, 9/1, 7:30-10:30 am | Commerce City to Stapleton |3.5 Miles | Details & Registration

Segment 3 Saturday, 9/15, 7:30-10:30 am  | Star K Ranch to Bluff Lake| 4.5  Miles | Details & Registration

Segment 2 Saturday, 9/29  7:30-10:30 a.m. | Bluff Lake to Star K Ranch | 3.5 Miles | Details & Registration 

Segment 1 Saturday, 10/6  7:30 – 10:30 am | Star K Ranch to Eastern Aurora  | 4 Miles | Details & Registration

This program is possible with generous support from Suncor.

 

 

Colorado Dragonfly Monitoring Project Training Session

 

We are very excited to offer our first “citizen scientist” training session and volunteer opportunity through a new partnership with the Butterfly Pavilion of Westminster, Colorado. The training session for the Colorado Dragonfly Monitoring Project was offered in our Sand Creek offices in Denver in April, and volunteers will be working on this project through November.  Read more about this special volunteer opportunity and commitment and registration information on our Volunteer page.

We hope to offer more “Citizen Scientist” volunteer opportunities and trainings as a new way to support our Greenway habitat and fulfill our mission to support conservation stewardship!

 

Recurring Events

Star K Ranch Walk
A Walk2Connect walk, the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, from 9-11 am, approximately 5 miles
Meet at the Morrison Nature Center, Aurora
For more information, visit the Walk2Connect website

Stapleton Walk
A Walk2Connect walk, every Monday morning at 8:30 am, approximately 3 miles
Meet at the Central Park Recreation Center, Denver
For more information, visit Walk2Connect website

Sand Creek Greenway Exhibit at Commerce City Historical Society

Sand Creek’s Emily Schaefer created the exhibit for Commerce City Historical Society by handcrafting birds, butterflies, and even Sand Creek for the display as well as adding detail provided by Commerce City staff partner, Traci Ferguson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Events

August 11-Volunteer Work Day and Benefit!

We’ll start the day with a volunteer work effort at the Smith Road trailhead on the Greenway in Denver. (Get there by turning onto Smith Road from Havana, and traveling west to the trailhead sign and large parking lot!) At 10 am, we’ll start with bagels and coffee, and a brief naturalist talk by our friends from Denver Parks and Recreation, Monique Fair and Vicki Vargas-Madrid. We’ll work on projects to help the Greenway and riparian area in this Stapleton section of our creek and trail–removing invasive plants, bolstering native species, trail repair and cleanup, and graffiti eradication.

We welcome all volunteers: individuals, families (children over five, please), retirees, students, groups. Please email Courtney at cgarwood@sandcreekgreenway.org for more information, or if you would like to attend. (Please note, our offices are closed August 1-8, and it may take some time to respond to your email, but we will!)

We’ll work on the trail until noon, and then reconvene at Stanley Marketplace’s Cheluna Brewing Co., where our generous brewery friends have created a special menu for us. Order from that menu from 12:30 and 2:30 and 20% of the proceeds will be donated back to Sand Creek Greenway to support our nonprofit mission! There will be live music and lots of fun!

Please join us for the morning’s and/or the afternoon’s festivities!

We thank our friends and partners who are each contributing to this special day–Runners Roost Stapleton, the Stapleton Sustainable Neighborhood Group, Groundwork Denver, Denver Parks and Recreation and many more!  Corporate sponsors contributing to this volunteer day include Suncor and Xcel Energy.

 

 

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Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership

About the Greenway

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is a jewel in the necklace of trails that has made Denver a national model for linked trail systems.

This 14-mile public greenway connects the High Line Canal in Aurora, Colorado with the South Platte River Greenway in Commerce City. Along the way, it passes through northeast Denver and the new Stapleton community.

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is open every day from dawn until dusk. Runners, walkers, nature viewers, horseback riders, and leashed dogs are encouraged to enjoy the trail. We invite you to become acquainted with our wilderness in the city.

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