Commerce City Boys and Girls Club Explore Sand Creek Regional Greenway

June 26, 2013

 

By: Zach Pekor, SCRGP Youth Program Coordinator

On June 25th, students from the Commerce City Boys and Girls Club took part in a scenic nature hike along Sand Creek complete with a discussion on invasive species, water testing, and microscopes.  The discussion on invasive species, such as Russian Olives, is part of a grant funded by Xcel Energy to help educate Greenway users about habitat restoration.  Students took part in an interactive hike which educated the group about how invasive species out-compete native species for resources, thereby causing issues within our riparian ecosystem.  The culmination of these hikes will be the creation and installation of an interpretive sign detailing SCRGP’s effort to restore habitat.  In addition to learning about invasive species, the students from the Boys and Girls Club were able to search for macro-invertebrates and use those results to interpret stream health.

It was really rewarding seeing some of these kids use a microscope for the first time and sharing the Greenway with them.  Many of the kids were so excited to catch their first minnows and crawfish that they did not want to leave!  It is these moments that I am thankful I wound up at the Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership.

Americorps VISTA Zach Pekor educates students from CCBGC about invasive species such as Russian Olive

Americorps VISTA Zach Pekor educates students from CCBGC about invasive species such as Russian Olive

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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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