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Sandstone Ranch Visitors & Learning Center

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Spotlight

A variety of nature-focused, educational and artistic events/classes are happening at the Sandstone Ranch Visitors & Learning Center. Check out the schedule and mark your calendar. There is fun for all ages, and many programs are free!



 Download the Sandstone Ranch Visitors & Learning Center Coloring Book.

The Visitors & Learning Center is a historic property that was first homesteaded in 1860 by the Coffin family. The house (now the Visitors & Learning Center) and property are on State and National Historic Registers. Longmont also designated the house as a local landmark in September 2000. It includes hands-on displays on environmental features of the area, as well as history of the Coffin family and other early Longmont history.

Exhibits provide information on the unique geology and wildlife found at the site. They also help portray life as it was more than a century ago. A trip to the 1880's era homestead includes historical and environmental hands-on displays, as well as educational exhibits in the ice house, tool shed and barn.

A nature trail from the Visitors & Learning Center takes you past several historical buildings, near the sandstone bluffs, and includes a scenic overlook. Numerous species of wildlife and birds are seen frequently on the property including white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, bald eagles and red-tailed hawks.

Sandstone Ranch Visitors Learning Center line map

Directions

To get to Sandstone Ranch from Longmont, go east on Ken Pratt Boulevard / Highway 119, past the intersection of Weld County Road (WCR) 1. The ballpark facilities are located on the south side of the road, 1/2 mile east of WCR 1. The Visitors & Learning Center, sports field complex, skate park, adventure playground and picnic shelter are located on the south side of the road, 1 mile east of WCR 1. View pdf map.

Location

Sandstone Ranch Visitors & Learning Center

3001 Sandstone Drive, Longmont, CO 80504

Contact us through Recreation Services

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There are no general admission fees to the Sandstone Ranch Visitors & Learning Center. Donations are welcome.  Specialty programs may incur fees.

Hours

The Visitor Center is open seasonally.

  • Tuesdays: 9 am to noon, May, 2017, through October*, 2017
  • Second and Fourth Saturdays: 10 am to 2 pm, May 13, 2017, through October 21*, 2017
    *Please note: the Visitor Center will be closed on Tue, July 4, and Sat, Aug 12.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Visitors & Learning Center volunteers serve as ambassadors to tell the story of Sandstone Ranch. If you’d like more information, please contact Recreation Services. You can also view a listing of volunteer needs on the Recreation Volunteer page and complete an online recreation volunteer form and note your interest in becoming involved with the Sandstone Ranch Visitors & Learning Center.

Group Tours

Group tours are offered as requested throughout the year. One and two hour tour packages with flexible hours are available Monday through Friday. 

One hour tours:  Enjoy a historical tour of the home, enjoy the wildlife the inhabit the area, and learn about the life of a pioneer. Cost: $3 per child/adult.  Teachers are free with school groups.

Two hour tours:  Can be customized to specific curriculum, i.e mammals, raptors, or history.  Our staff will lead a themed tour based on your curriculum.  If desired and weather permitting, an outdoor learning walk can include tours of the historic barn, ice house & tool shed.  A history of the house, a pioneer dress-up station, and a puppet theater can all be included in the cost of your tour.  Cost:  $4 per child/adult.  Teachers are free with school groups. 

For more information, please contact Recreation Services.  Ask about special rates for scouts.

Rental Information

Multipurpose Room Rental
Suitable for corporate retreats and small gatherings of up to 50 people.  Includes use of tables and chairs. Rental fee is non-refundable. Download the Sandstone Ranch House Rental Brochure. Fees vary; contact Recreation Services for more information and reservations.

 

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