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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.

Grass 101 (Grass, Weeds and Grazing)
April 20, 1-4 p.m. 

Prairie Canyon Ranch, 4620 S. State Hwy 83 in Franktown
RSVP by April 19 to or call 719.331.6121 with questions.

In this workshop we will really “Cover the Ground!”  Join us for an enjoyable and informative afternoon at beautiful Prairie Canyon Ranch.  We will traverse the many facets of Soil, Grass, Weeds, and the Animals that graze them.  Gain a true understanding of how these systems work, and work together.  Learn how to build soil, increase your plant production and graze so that it actually enhances and regenerates your property.  It can be done!  Whether it is your front lawn, your “back Forty” or your large ranch acreage, you will find thought changing information that will transform your property.  Time for questions and discussion.  Enjoy a pasture walk on the ranch as well as an historical tour of the well preserved and famous structures of the Prairie Canyon Ranch.

FREE WORKSHOP Grass 201 (advanced)
April 27, 1-4 p.m.
Prairie Canyon Ranch,  4620 S. State Hwy 83 in Franktown
RSVP by  April 26 to or call 719.331.6121 with questions.

Now that you are excited about regenerating your property, let’s get serious!  We have already ‘covered some good ground’ so let’s ‘dig a little deeper.’  A more in depth look at the influence of animals on your pasture and how to calculate your available forage, plan your grazing paddocks and graze periods, and know when your pasture has been given the rest it needs.  These principles apply no matter your animal of choice.  As the land stewards of your own property you will have opportunity to create a Land Plan, a Grazing Plan, and a Monitoring Plan.  Weed and fire mitigation grazing, temporary fencing and a host of other topics included.  Remember if you dig a little you can learn a lot!  Once again, you are invited to take a pasture walk and historical tour if you choose.