NOTICE: Effective 8/1, seasonal closures lifted

All seasonal closures for wildlife protection have been lifted for Clear Creek Canyon Park, Black Bear Trail at Deer Creek Canyon/Hildebrand Ranch Park, Cathedral Spires Park, and Rim Rock Trail at North Table Mountain Park.

Managing the Open Space that Surrounds Golden

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Jeffco Open Space will hold a planning meeting tonight from 6-9PM to discuss the “Mesa Region.”  That’s us: North Table Mountain Park, South Table Mountain Park, and Mount Galbraith Park.  Attend if you’re interested in their plans for conservation and development of the mountain open space that surrounds Golden. You can review the proposed plan on their website.

The Colorado Renewable Energy Society is sponsoring a talk tonight at 7PM at the Unitarian Church: H2@Scale – Can HYDROGEN Save Our Energy System?

Tonight is your last chance to attend Jim Salestrom’s Buffalo Bill Stories. I went to the Tuesday night show, and it was delightful. Jim created a multimedia show with old photos and movies of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Exhibition, which played in the background as he told stories and sang about Buffalo Bill. The audience was so small that Jim introduced himself and shook hands with each one of us–what fun! I also enjoyed the opportunity to see the upstairs meeting hall at the Masonic Lodge. You should go to tonight’s show! 7PM at 400 10th Street. Suggested donation of $10, with all proceeds going to charity.

Jerry Hodgden - Golden ColoradoTomorrow
Jerry Hodgden, pillar of the Golden Community, Living Landmark, and long-time chair of the Parks & Rec Board, died on Sunday.  His obituary appears in our News About Golden section. The memorial service will be held tomorrow afternoon (Friday the 23rd) at 3PM at the Mountaineering Center (NE corner of 10th & Washington).

Seasonal Wildlife Closures to Begin February 1

Each year Jeffco Open Space (JCOS) uses seasonal wildlife closures at the parks to protect species at sensitive times in their life cycles. This year’s seasonal wildlife closures will be implemented at five JCOS Parks…  Read more…

#MannequinChallenge, Jeffco Open Space Style

Thanks to our park visitors for joining our staff for the #MannequinChallenge!
Song “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors…  View…

Jeffco open-space closures help people learn how to protect wildlife

BY Christy Steadman

A hiker and her dog are walking along Rim Rock Trail in North Table Mountain Park. Along the way, the dog barks. She looks up to see an eagle fly overhead. A beautiful sight for the hiker, but little does she know that perhaps the eagle — spooked by the barking — fled its nest.

The hiker did not purposefully want to cause harm, but did so inadvertently, park officials say…  Read more…

Seasonal Wildlife Closures to Begin February 1

Each year Jeffco Open Space uses seasonal wildlife closures to protect species at sensitive times in their life cycles. This year’s seasonal wildlife closures affect five JCOS Parks…  Read more…

Spring cleaning, spring planting, raptors, and jazz

The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office (map) is holding a Shred-a-Thon this morning from 7AM-noon.  Each person will be allowed to drop off three copier-paper boxes or kitchen garbage bags of papers to be shredded. Old checks, carbon copies of checks, bank statements, pay stubs, receipts, credit card offers, medical information, bills, and retirement statements are typical of the type of forms which should be shredded, so use this opportunity to get it done.  Prohibited items include phone books, newspapers, plastics and aluminum cans.

The Greener Golden event is this morning from 9AM-noon.  Head to the Public Works building (map) to buy some attractively-priced xeric plants and water wise products, and while you’re there, collect some free mulch (bring your own container for the mulch).

Rangers will be on hand at North Table Mountain Park (map) from 9AM-noon to teach you about the raptors that live in our area.

The Golden Games will be happening all day on Clear Creek.

West Side Live! is presenting “After Midnight” tonight at 7, at the Unitarian Church (map).  Award winning clarinetist Roger Campbell leads the hottest sextet since the Big Band Era! Swinging hard since 1997, this extraordinary group of musicians has performed thousands of concerts around the world for jazz festivals, clubs, weddings, summer concerts, and more. They conquer dizzying charts by the likes of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Lionel Hampton. It’s tight, fun, exciting, danceable, and hugely popular among the jazz and swing crowds.  All Tickets: $17 online / $20 at the door.

Mothers, Trains, Dinosaurs, and Raptors

The Railroad Museum is honoring both mothers and trains today!  Amtrak Train Days is held each year on the Saturday closest to May 10, which is the anniversary of the pounding of the Golden Spike in Promontory, Utah—This marked the completion of the first transcontinental railroad within the United States. Over 300 communities in all 50 states have celebrated their love of trains on this day.  Mothers will be admitted to the museum FREE today, and will be given a flower, while supplies last.

Dinosaur Ridge is celebrating Dinosaur Discovery Days today, so extra guides and volunteers will be on hand, to make the experience even more educational than usual.  This is Boy Scout Day, so a lot of Scouts will be on hand, earning merit badges, but the general public is definitely invited.

Naturalists from Jefferson County Open Space will be on hand at North Table Mountain Park (map) this morning from 9-12 to talk about the raptors we have in the Golden area.  Raptors are key indicators of ecosystem health. You can help protect our local raptors by learning to identify the species in local parks and where these raptors live and nest. Knowing their nesting cycles and understanding and supporting trail closures in our parks during nesting seasons can also make a difference.

Drop by our Education Station at North Table Mountain Park to learn more about our local raptors and what you can do to protect them. You will find the naturalist near the kiosk in the main parking lot. Just look for the Education Station sign. Bring your interest, enthusiasm, and willingness to share your experience and knowledge.

Remember–today is Stamp Out Hunger.  Leave a bag of non-perishable food next to your mailbox today.  Your mail carrier will bring it to the Golden Post Office and the Golden Lions Club will bring it from the Post Office to the Christian Action Guild, for distribution to Golden’s needy families.

Every day is Earth Day!

Earth Day is this Wednesday, April 22nd, but Golden has events lined up all week, including two tours and a lunch lecture at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  For more information on any of these events, follow the links or check the calendar.

1:30-3:15PM – Sustainable NREL Campus Walking Tour
9:30AM – Earth Day Eve Bike Ride – 22 miles circle around the two Table Mountains
12-1PM – Power Lunch Lecture – Food Waste Recycling – Composting and Renewable Natural Gas
4PM – Day-Before-Earth-Day Geology and Nature Hike on South Table Mountain
6PM – Water-Wise Gardening Seminar: Xeric Natives by Kenton Seth at the Golden Community Center
10-11:45AM – Sustainable NREL Campus Walking Tour
4:45PM – Everyday is Earth Day Yoga and Hike at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center (must pre-register)
9AM-noon – Have You Met Your Local Raptors? at North Table Mountain Park
9AM-2PM – Purge Your Spurge event
9:30AM-noon – Annual Rose Pruning Workshop at the Jeffco Detention Center
12:30PM – Organic Gardening Class at the Golden Community Garden
1-4PM – Earth Day Block Party on the School of Mines campus


The Golden Fire Department and the UC Hospital will celebrate Safety & Preparedness Day today from 10-2.  Stop by Fire Station #1 (911 10th Street) for up close and personal fire truck tours, fire safety puppet shows, car seat checks, and much more. There will also be an opportunity to learn about wildfire prevention and mitigation. Come enjoy activities and safety education for all ages. Free coloring books, safety materials, give-aways, and refreshments. There will also be drawings for door prizes.

The JeffCo Innovation Faire is still going on today, from 9-5.  See over 100 of the top Central Colorado educational institutions, startups, large companies and small businesses exhibit powerful products, cool gadgets, and innovative offerings! Free Admission • Free Parking • Food Trucks • Live Demonstrations • Information Sessions • Activities for Kids & Adults

Celebrate the Year of the Horse with the Share the Trail event at North Table Mountain Park (map).  Fun and educational displays will center around trail etiquette between equestrians, bikers, and hikers. Learn about horses and how safety is a rider’s primary concern. Ask questions of the Patrollers and Rangers to learn about sharing the trail and interacting with horses. There will be a Horse Height demonstration at which people can sit atop a suspended barrel “horse” to understand the height and unsteadiness a rider feels on a mount. Children are encouraged to attend.  The Rangers will be on hand from 9 till noon.

The Frontier Olympics is going on today from 11 to 4, and the Farmers Market runs from 8-1.  Today is the first day of Thomas the Tank Engine’s annual visit to the Railroad Museum.  There are two more showings of Suddenly Last Summer at the high school, today at 2 and 7.