April 6 Volunteer Day – Prairie seeding at Star K Ranch

April 2, 2019

Join us this Saturday as our volunteers will meet at Star K Ranch / Morrison Nature Center in Aurora (April 6) at 10 am for a special prairie seeding work project. To take part, please email Beth at bnobles@sandcreekgreenway.org

We’ll start the day with coffee and bagels, and a brief talk about native prairie by Melissa Islam, the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Associate Director of Biodiversity Research.

Then, under the direction of Aurora’s Parks Recreation and Open Space Department, we’ll head to the assigned work area with the rakes and seeds they’ll provide. (Some of us might take to the trail with trash pickers and trash bags!) Not to worry, we’ll provide everything you’ll need to take part, including tools and work gloves. Please do come wearing closed toe shoes and long sleeves and pants for protection.

We’ll work until noon, and then the group is invited to visit the Morrison Nature Center, which is one of our “gems” of the Sand Creek Greenway. There’s lots to explore!

A couple of special notes:

Though we are awaiting word on confirmed dates, our Sand Creek Greenway will be closed for sanitary water line work by Aurora Water from Chambers to Airport Road for several weeks, and there won’t be a trail detour for the Greenway during this time. (We’ll post more details when we have them.) During this closure, the Morrison Nature Center and their Wetland Loop trail will remain open.

And we thank Suncor and Xcel Energy and our individual donors for support of our volunteer programs!

Morrison Nature Center (Map)

How to get there: At the intersection of Chambers and Smith Road, turn east on Smith Road. Drive for 1/2 mile and turn right on Laredo Street. Follow the road around to the right, and park in the Morrison Nature Center parking lot. Make sure to pop into the nature center, which is filled with maps, educational displays, and is run by very knowledgeable Aurora naturalists. To connect to the Sand Creek Regional Greenway, follow the path that leads from the parking area about 1/2 mile to the Greenway trail. There are bathrooms and water at the nature center, which is open Wednesday-Sunday.

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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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