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Winter Tours

Southwest Colorado Winter Ecology Series 2014
Make plans to participate in the special Winter
Ecology Series led by Mesa Verde National Park,
San Juan Mountains Association, and San Juan/
Four Corners Native Plant Society.

Contact and Reservation Information

Mesa Verde National Park (MVNP)
www.nps.gov/meve
• For reservations contact:
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
970-529-4631
meve_education@nps.gov

San Juan Mountains Association (SJMA)
www.sjma.org/education/Education/education.htm
• For reservations contact:
Gabi Morey gabi@sjma.org 970-385-1256
MK Thompson MK@sjma.org 970-759-9113


San Juan/Four Corners Native Plant Society (SJFCNPS)
www.swcoloradowildflowers.comXC
• For reservations contact:
Al Schneider
970-882-4647

JANUARY 2014

Surviving the Snow Season - The Trees of Winter at La Plata Canyon (SJMA)
Thursday, January 2
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join the San Juan Mountains Association (SJMA) and
learn how different trees survive the winter and
discover what animals depend on these trees for
their own survival.
Snowshoes and poles will be available during each hike for those who need them.

• For adults and ages 4 and up accompanied by an adult.
• For directions, contact SJMA
• Advance reservations requested. Contact MK at SJMA.


Plant & Animal Adaptations at Morefield Campground (MVNP)
Saturday, January 11
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Park biologists and staff will lead a hike to explore the amazing ways that animals and plants survive in the cold winter environment of Mesa Verde National Park. The hike will tour the winter habitats of plants and animals in the Morefield Campground area.
Snowshoes and poles will be available during each hike for those who need them.

• Limited to 20 people, ages 7 to adult.
• Meet at the Morefield Village parking lot at Morefield Campground, 4 miles from the park entrance.
• Advance reservations required. Contact MVNP.

Sensing Winter at Boggy Draw, Dolores (SJMA)
Saturday, January 18
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

How can you sense winter? Smell, see, hear, feel, and taste the coldest of the seasons during this fun family exploration.
Snowshoes and poles will be available during each hike for those who need them.

• For ages 4 and up accompanied by an adult.
• Meet at the Boggy Draw parking lot. For directions, contact SJMA
• Advance reservations requested. Contact Gabi at SJMA.

 

FEBRUARY 2014

Critter Curosity at Chris Park, North of Durango on Hwy 550 (SJMA)
Saturday, February 1
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Search for signs of life in the winter stillness. Look closely, and you will realize that life lives on in the cold and snow of winter.
Snowshoes and poles will be available during each hike for those who need them.

• For adults and ages 4 and up accompanied by anadult.
• Advance reservations requested. Contact MK at SJMA.

Winter Festival at Morefield Campground Store (MVNP)
Saturday, February 8 and 15
Times TBA

Join Mesa Verde for it’s 2nd annual winter festival. This year, the event is split between two Saturdays in February. Events include a fun cross-country ski race, animal track hike, fire starting, atlatl throwing, and a moonlight hike. Watch for flyers and public service announcements for more information.

Become a Junior Snow Ranger at Chicken Creek Cross-Country Area, Mancos (SJMA)
Saturday, February 22
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Become a Forest Service Junior Snow Ranger during this winter adventure! Discover animal tracks, examine plants, and conduct snow experiments to receive your official Jr. Snow Ranger booklet and badge!
Snowshoes and poles will be available during each hike for those who need them.

• For ages 4 and up accompanied by an adult.
• Meet at Chicken Creek Cross-Country area, County Road 40, Mancos.
For directions, contact SJMA
• Advance reservations requested. Contact Gabi at SJMA.


MARCH 2014

Winter Plant Identification Hike
at Mesa Verde National Park (SJFCNPS)

Saturday, March 1
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Winter months strip many plants of their foliage and make winter identification of these plants difficult. Join the San Juan/Four Corners Native Plant Society on the second winter plant identification hike in Mesa Verde National Park to learn how to identify plants in the winter.
Snowshoes and poles will be available during each hike for those who need them.

• Limited to 15 people. Recommended for high school age to adult.
• Advance reservations required. For information and reservations contact Al Schneider with SJFCNPS at 970-882-4647.

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Snowshoe Tours

Purgatory Ski Area
Half and full-day guided snowshoe tours are available upon request and can accommodate groups or individuals. Inquire and register at the Purgatory Guest Services office at 385-2147.
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Winter Discovery Programs

Winter Discovery Programs can include both indoor and outdoor components. Discovery time indoors will include activities discussing snow properties and track patterns of animals; Discovery Time outdoors will include snowshoeing (snow-dependent), looking at snow, snowflakes and evidence of animals, including tracks. Winter Discovery Programs can be done at your school, or in the forest, and they are free! Call soon to reserve your date: 385-1256 or gabi@sjma.org

SJMA is now part of a national program called SnowSchool that gets kids outside in the winter, having fun, exploring nature, and learning winter ecology. For more information, visit www.snowschool.org

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