Upcoming Events

June 2 is National Trails Day and our next 
Volunteer Work Day!

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 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 (we’re cooking up a fundraiser with Runners Roost (Stapleton) and Cheluna Brewing Company (Stanley Marketplace for this one! Stay tuned!)
September 1 Aurora
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.

SPECIAL Walk2Connect walks on our Sand Creek Greenway!

We are enormously excited to partner with Walk2Connect this year 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! 

Schedule for all 4 segments:

Segment 1 Sunday, 4/22, 9:0 a.m. | Eastern Aurora to Star K Ranch | 3.5 Miles | Details & Registration

Segment 2 Saturday, 4/28 @ 9:00 a.m. | Star K Ranch to Bluff Lake| 3.5 Miles | Details & Registration

Segment 3 Saturday, 5/12 @ 9:00 a.m. | Bluff Lake through Stapleton | 4.5 Miles | Details & Registration 

Segment 4 Saturday, 6/2 @ 9:00 a.m. | Stapleton to Commerce City | 3.5 Miles | Details & Registration

Weather Makeup Saturday, 5/20@ 9:00 a.m.


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


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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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