September 2015 Staunton State Park Programs, Hikes, and Activities

03 Sep 2015 16:16 #1 by FriendsofStauntonStatePark
Visitor Programs and Hikes!
***Free with Park Pass***
All Activities begin at the Group Picnic Area (Exception: Fishing is held at Davis Ponds)

Wednesday September 2
Kids Activity 10am
Tracking Mammals!! Come enjoy a fun program, crafts, and hike to discover where the wild things are!

Saturday September 5
Interpreter's Table: Medicinal/Edible Plants 10am-2pm
Archibald and Rachel Staunton were physicians in the early 1900s. Explore the historical uses of plants they may have used to restore health to local people.

Sunday September 6
Ungulates and the Rut 10am-2pm
Ungulates in the Area? Hands on display of Colorado's large mammals. Discover what the "Rut" is all about and how these animals prepare for the rough winter ahead.

Wednesday September 9
Kids Activity 10am
Snow shoe Hare, the real Big Foot!!

Saturday September 12
Wildlife Photography Class 10am
Learn how to take breathtaking pictures! Bring your camera and Hike along to learn how to use your camera to take extraordinary pictures of the beautiful scenery at the Staunton Park!

Sunday September 13
Native Plant Hike 10am
Walk with a Native Plant Master and discover the importance of our native plants and their nuts, fruits, berries, and seed pods to wildlife and humans!

Saturday September 19
Mushroom Madness!!! 10am-2pm
Learn mushroom ecology and why mushrooms are so essential to the health of the forest!

Sunday September 20
Interpreter's Table 10am-2pm
Owls and Squirrels...Can they share the same tree?

Native Plant Hike 10am
Walk with a Native Plant Master and discover the importance of our native plants and their nuts, fruits, berries, and seed pods to wildlife and humans!

Wednesday September 23
Kids Activity 10am
Come peep the leaves! Why do leaves give us such glorious colors in the fall?

Thursday September 24
History Hike 9am (3 mi.)
Enjoy beautiful meadows and spectacular views. Take a trip through time to the Cabin District, while learning about the plants, people and animals, past and present that share this beautiful park! (Easy)

Saturday September 26
Wildlife Photography Class 10am
Learn how to take breathtaking pictures! Bring your camera and Hike along to learn how to use your camera to take extraordinary pictures of the beautiful scenery at the Staunton Park!

Sunday September 27
Interpreter's Table 10am-3pm
Tremendous Trees! Why do leaves give us such glorious colors in the fall? Come find out and learn the botanical differences and unique characteristics of the Park's trees.

Wednesday September 30
Kids Activity 10am
Soil Soup! Who makes the dirt and how do they do it?

And Remember...
Leave No Trace
Take only pictures, Leave rocks, flowers and all other natural items in the Park for others to enjoy!!
Thank You!


Friends of Staunton State Park's New Website!
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CPW's Page for Staunton State Park
Location: 12102 S. Elk Creek Rd, Pine CO 80470
Active park hours 6:00am-10:00pm
Park Phone: 303-816-0912
Mission Statement:
Our mission is working in partnership with others to preserve, promote, and protect the wildlife, natural beauty and historic legacy of Staunton State Park for current and future generations.
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05 Sep 2015 16:49 - 05 Sep 2015 16:50 #2 by Arlen
Staunton Park is the most boring park that I have seen. State monies should not have been spent on this thing. The last time we went to take a hike, they charged $7 per car. That is quite a ridiculous fee considering that the park is nothing spectacular in the least.

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06 Sep 2015 16:22 #3 by Photo-fish
So stay away. More open space for the rest of us.

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04 Oct 2015 17:27 - 04 Oct 2015 17:29 #4 by FriendsofStauntonStatePark
Arlen, we are sorry to hear that Staunton did not live up to your expectations. Please keep in mind that Staunton is the newest of Colorado's State Parks, only 2 years old, so the time and funds have yet to pass to build infrastructure or improve amenities. The Visitors Center for which the park has been raising funds for the past 3 years, will begin construction hopefully this fall! A $130,000 grant from the Colorado Historical Society was recently gifted in order to begin assessments of our historical cabins so we can plan for structural improvements, and future benefits such as holding classes in them!

The Park is just now breaking ground on a new trail to Elk Falls and soliciting bids for another trail to be built.

All Colorado state parks cost between $7-9 to enter , and while that money does go into the Colorado Parks & Wildlife state pool to be disbursed back to all parks, thus meaning that we only receive a portion of those entry fees back, all funds donated to the Friends of Staunton State Park stay here and are used exclusively to improve our park only! Some examples of what we use those donations for include :
  • a Climbers Kiosk that was installed last month providing information to those wishing to learn climbing routes at Staunton State Park.
  • Ice-Rescue Equipment for use by the Park Rangers in case of emergency at the Davis Ponds.
  • Installing a webcam at the park for the enjoyment of visitors and volunteers alike

We are very excited about the potential for our park's growth; but, most importantly, we are happy that this land has been preserved for all time for future generations to enjoy, and for local wildlife and plant life to continue to use as a pristine home, with no commercial or residential construction able to disrupt the habitat. We are proud the park's volunteers have the opportunity to teach children about nature while in nature, and to appreciate the beauty of life all around them.

We do hope you will come back and see the improvements made. As once said by Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." We would invite you to come volunteer with our park's 80 other volunteers and help us shape our park; or at the very least, provide some input as to what would make the park less boring for you.

Thank you!

Friends of Staunton State Park's New Website!
Our Facebook Page
CPW's Page for Staunton State Park
Location: 12102 S. Elk Creek Rd, Pine CO 80470
Active park hours 6:00am-10:00pm
Park Phone: 303-816-0912
Mission Statement:
Our mission is working in partnership with others to preserve, promote, and protect the wildlife, natural beauty and historic legacy of Staunton State Park for current and future generations.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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