Special Programs, Classes & Events - Sandstone Ranch

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Sandstone Ranch Visitors Learning Center lawn steps
Sandstone Ranch Visitors Learning Center school group tour
Sandstone Ranch Visitors Learning Center lawn class
All programs are held or begin at the Sandstone Ranch Visitors & Learning Center unless otherwise noted.

Community Nights @ the Ranch

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.

Single Day Classes
Community Nights
On-going programs


Single Day Events/Classes

Reptiles Talk

June 8, Sat, 10:30am-12pm     

Do slimy or slithering critters get you exited?  They do for volunteer Naturalist Roger Meyers, who has been chasing after reptiles and amphibians for over eight decades. Over the past 30+ years he has served as a volunteer naturalist in California, Texas, Montana, and now Colorado leading hikes and programs on reptiles and amphibians. Roger will be accompanied by his sidekick, Bobby the bull snake, as he talks about the scaly denizens that call Sandstone Ranch their home. Recommended for ages 10 and up.    Register online keyword SSRVLC

Beginning Plants: Workshop & Walk

June 22, Sat, 8:30-12:30pm

Join us for a fun morning of plant identification. We’ll start in the classroom where we’ll learn about the different parts of a flower and how to use a basic plant key. Weather permitting, we’ll head out for a walk to practice keying out native flowers and shrubs. Dress for the weather, bring a sun hat, water, & a plant key or guide (if you have one). No prior plant knowledge is required.  Ages 16 and up. Limited seating.  Register online keyword SSRVLC

Art Class: Card Making

July 13, Sat, 10:30am-12pm

Learn how to make your own greeting cards.  Supplies will be furnished: envelopes, card stock, decorative paper and embellishing tools. You will be making 3-5 cards depending on time.  Bring personal photos if you would like to incorporate them into your finished projects. 306353  Register online keyword SSRVLC

Backyard Wildlife

July 27, Sat, 10:30am-12pm

Join volunteer naturalists for a fun, hands-on program to learn about some of the animals that call Sandstone Open Space and your backyard home. After the program you can visit the beautiful and historic ranch house to learn about some of the interesting human history associated with this site. This program will be outside (weather permitting) and is best suited for children with adult companions. 306107  Register online keyword SSRVLC

Community Nights

No Registration needed       Free to community   Fun for ALL ages  
Weather permitting, these events will be outdoors. Be sure to bring something to sit on & dress for the weather.
5:30-6:20pm:  Feel free to bring a sack dinner, enjoy the scenery, lawn games & coloring table before the main event.  

Murdock's Magical Delights

June 18, Tue, 6:30-7:30pm

A theatrical world of wonderment - where the unexpected is expected, the ordinary becomes extraordinary, surprises are suspected, and laughter treasures abound.   This master prestidigitator will take you on adventures in illusion, ventriloquism, puzzlement's, and comedy.  FUN for all ages!

The Vibe Tribe

July 16, Tue, 6:30-7:30pm   

Playing Dixieland, jazz and swing, the Vibe Tribe puts on an entertaining show that is fun for the whole family.  By combining Dixieland jazz with a touch of humor, this band will get your fingers snappin' and your toes tappin'.  They have been featured at Rhythm on the River, Colorado Rockies games, Mardi Gras parties, and concerts throughout the metro area.

Hawk Quest:  Owls of the World

Aug 20, Tue, 6:30-7:30pm

This outdoor program will take you on a trip around the world, featuring live owls from five continents. The one-hour program focuses on the tools used by owls worldwide and their importance to global ecosystems by controlling the pest animals that threaten our food supply.  Dress for the weather, and plan extra time to park in the upper parking lot, taking the trail to the visitor center. 


On-going programs

Guided Bird Walks

May 7, June 4, July 9, Aug 20, Tue, 8:30am

These walks will start at the covered picnic shelter at the Southeast corner of the soccer field. Local birding guide Carl Starace will guide you around the loop trail to look & listen for local birds that migrate through or call Sandstone home.  Please bring your binoculars and water. Free.

Tuesdays at Sandstone

Every Tuesday, May 21-Aug 27, 9am-12pm

Drop in during open hours to explore the self-guided theme tables with information, examples, and activities relating to weekly themes related to Sandstone and its surrounding area (history, geology, nature, wildlife, etc).  All ages welcome.  Enjoy a walk out to the new bridges to see the beautiful views.  **Please note: this is not a workshop or class. 

Fun Fridays at Sandstone

Fridays in June and July (no July 5), 9am-12pm
Ages 2-10, parents must chaperone children.  $2 per child suggested donation to help with craft supplies.

Come enjoy indoor & outdoor play with weekly themes & crafts, and Storytelling in the main room at 11am.  Parking near house is limited, so use upper parking lot, & try to carpool.  Bring sunscreen, water, snacks & washable clothes.

June 7            Interesting Insects
June 14          Mighty Mammals
June 21          Feathered Friends
June 28          Pretty Pollinators

July 5  CLOSED for 4th of July weekend

July 12            Rainbow Magic
July 19            Turn Back Time
July 26            Friends that Fly

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