Open Space Upcoming Events

 Education, Outreach and Special Events

Educational programs are important tools for land management and public awareness of Douglas County’s protected properties. Education through interpretive programs and guided hikes teach respect for natural resources and land stewardship, while allowing people to develop a sense of ownership and community service.

  • Educational programs – Several properties serve as ‘classrooms’ for environmental education and historical interpretation. For example, Prairie Canyon Ranch is managed as a working cattle ranch to preserve historic values and protect wildlife habitat, while it also provides unique educational opportunities for students of any age. Topics of study could include plant and animal ecology, Colorado history, agriculture, aquatic studies, geology and geography.
  • Outreach – Staff and volunteers may be available to present special programs or displays for events, or provide an overview and history of the Division to various organizations.
  • Special Events – Events such as horse rides, guided hikes, celebrations, or educational demonstrations can be hosted at one of the open space properties.


Animal Husbandry (beginning) – October 20
Prairie Canyon Ranch 

October 20 – 2017 Tree Cutting Online Registration

Registration will begin online at 10 a.m., Friday, October 20 

Reservations for the 2017 Spruce Mountain Christmas Tree Cutting will be accepted online ONLY.   The Spruce Mountain Christmas Tree Cutting will be held on Saturday, December 2 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.  There are 60 slots available for each hike.


Ranching 101 – October 27
Prairie Canyon Ranch 

Grass 101 (Grass, Weeds and Grazing)  – December 1
Prairie Canyon Ranch 

Grass 201 (advanced)  – December 8
Prairie Canyon Ranch