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Special Programs, Classes & Events - Sandstone Ranch

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All programs are held or begin at the Sandstone Ranch Visitors & Learning Center unless otherwise noted.

Community Nights @ the Ranch

Flynn & The Electric Company - Music at the Ranch

June 19, Tues, 5:30-8pm at the Sandstone Ranch Visitors & Learning Center, 3001 Sandstone Dr
At 5:30pm, enjoy the scenery, lawn games, and coloring table while you enjoy your sack dinner. The Evening Main Event, Bluegrass music by Flynn & The Electric Company, begins at 6:30pm.  An outdoor event, weather permitting. FREE. No pets. Carpooling encouraged.

Harwood & Woodward - Modern Day Vaudeville Show

July 17, Tues, 5:30-8:30pm at the Sandstone Ranch Visitors & Learning Center, 3001 Sandstone Dr
At 5:30pm, enjoy the scenery, lawn games, and coloring table while you enjoy your sack dinner. The Evening Main Event, Harwood & Woodward - Modern Day Vaudeville Show showcasing illusions, comedy and magic, begins at 6:30pm.  An outdoor event, weather permitting. FREE. No pets. Carpooling encouraged.

Hawk Quest - Live Raptor Program

Aug 21, Tues, 5:30-8:30pm at the Sandstone Ranch Visitors & Learning Center, 3001 Sandstone Dr
At 5:30pm, enjoy the scenery, lawn games, and coloring table while you enjoy your sack dinner. The Evening Main Event, Hawk Quest, presents a live raptor program beginning at 6:30pm. This outdoor program will include a Bald or Golden eagle, an owl, a falcon, and features a free-flying hawk. An outdoor event, weather permitting. FREE. No pets. Carpooling encouraged.

Seasonal Offerings

Most of the following programs are free with suggested donation of $2/child, $4/adult. Spaces are limited.
Registration is available online with keyword "SSRVLC" or by calling 303-774-4692.  All ages are welcome unless specified. Download the seasonal Sandstone Ranch informational brochure.

Ongoing Seasonal Activities

Tuesday Treasures

May 22 - Aug 28, Tuesdays, 9am-12pm at Sandstone Visitors & Learning Center, 3001 Sandstone Dr
Enjoy activities during Sandstone Ranch Visitors & Learning Center's open hours with themes that relate to Sandstone Ranch. Enjoy both adult and child appropriate activities. Note: wear clothing that can get dirty.

Tuesday Treasures Themes: 
1st Tues of month:  Earth & Sky
2nd Tues of month:  Feathered Friends
3rd Tues of month:  History (enjoy a tour at 10am)
4th Tues of month:  Critters Warm & Cold
5th Tues of month:  Predators & Prey

Fun Fridays

June 1- July 27*, Fridays, 9am-12pm at Sandstone Visitors & Learning Center, 3001 Sandstone Dr
Come enjoy indoor and outdoor play with weekly themes & crafts geared for children and their adults. Bring sunscreen, water, snacks & washable clothes. Storytelling at 11am. *No June 29.  $2/child suggested donation to help with crafts

Fun Fridays Themes:
June 1:  Summer Sunshine
June 8: Birds, Birds, Birds
June 15:  Who Lives in a Tree?
June 22:  Mini Mammals
July 6:  Something Fishy
July 13:  Nature's Nest
July 20: Wild Wind
July 27: Beautiful Butterflies

Single Day Events/Classes

Sandstone Ranch Volunteer Training

Sandstone volunteers participate in monthly trainings to learn the information to share to others about SSR. Topics include history of SSR, mammals, plants, birds, and the art of interactive and engaging interpretation. If this sounds interesting to you, come volunteer with us - it all begins with an online volunteer application!

Bees, Hornets & Wasp Workshop

Apr 28, Sat, 10:30am-12pm at Sandstone Visitors & Learning Center, 3001 Sandstone Dr      
Are you looking at Bees, Hornets or Wasps?  Come find out the difference between these often misidentified, & misunderstood insects.  Fun & informative for all ages!! $2/child, $4/person donation  206408.A  Register online keyword “SSRVLC”

Guided Bird Walks

Tuesday, 8:30am:  May 1, June 12, or July 10
Local birder, Carl Starace, guides you around the loop trail identifying as many of the 30 or more species of bird that call Sandstone home. Bring binoculars. Walks start at the covered picnic shelter at the SE corner of the soccer fields. No registration required.

Sandstone Seasonal Grand Opening

May 12, Sat, Open to public: 10am-2pm at Sandstone Visitors & Learning Center, 3001 Sandstone Dr
Plant Lecture: 10:30am-12pm    
During the Seasonal Opening, come learn beautiful spring flowering plants with botanist Ronda Koski of the Northern Chapter of the Colorado Native Plant Society. Indoor talk geared towards adult. 206443.A Register online keyword “SSRVLC”

Night Sky Revealed

June 22, Fri, 9-11pm at Sandstone Visitors & Learning Center, 3001 Sandstone Dr
Come for an informative inside lecture indoors from the Longmont Astronomical Society then, weather permitting, head outdoors to view the night skies with telescopes provided.  View craters, rills & valleys then tour globular clusters, nebulae & galaxies from the upper parking lot. $4/person donation  347920.A  Register online keyword “SSRVLC”

 Bugs vs. Beetles Workshop

June 23, Sat, 10:30am-12pm at Sandstone Visitors & Learning Center, 3001 Sandstone Dr
Learn how to identify bugs and beetles by their lifecycle, what they eat, and what they look like. A family friendly, outside program best suited for children 5 & up.  $2/child, $4/adult suggested donation  306409.A  Register online keyword "SSRVLC"

Birding 101

July 14, Sat, 10:30-12pm at Sandstone Visitors & Learning Center, 3001 Sandstone Dr
Learn the basics of bird watching. Start indoors, then walk the loop trail. Best suited for adults and children 10 & up. $2/child, $4/adult suggested donation  306205.A  Register online keyword "SSRVLC"

Backyard Wildlife - Family Workshop

July 28, Sat, 10:30am-12pm at Sandstone Visitors & Learning Center, 3001 Sandstone Dr
Join volunteer naturalists for a fun, hands on, outdoor programs about some of the animals that call Sandstone Open Space and your backyard home.  After the program, visit the beautiful and historic ranch house to learn about some of the interesting human history associated with this site.$2/child, $4/adult suggested donation 306107.A  Register online keyword "SSRVLC"

Buffalo Harvest at Sandstone Ranch

August 25, Sat, 10:30a-12pm at Sandstone Visitors & Learning Center, 3001 Sandstone Dr
Enjoy this family friendly event done in partnership with the Longmont Museum. Come learn why and how the buffalo was a very important way of life for the Cheyenne and other Plains Indian tribes, along with how it provided them with most everything from food, to clothing, to shelter.  Best suited for adults and children 5 & up. $2/child, $4/adult suggested donation 306120.A  Register online with keyword "SSRVLC"

 

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