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Kids in the Creek is CHLP’s education programs for kids and families to encourage kids to explore the nature and science in our own backyard.

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For July, we're taking a look at hummingbirds - and we found a punny little joke to run by the kiddos: Why do hummingbirds hum? Because they don't know the words! With that little giggle out of our system, keep reading for interesting facts and activities all about hummingbirds, check out the CHLP 2020 Field Guide and sign up for our upcoming events!

The 2020 Kids in the Creek Field Guide is here! 

CHLP is happy to bring you all this year's new Field Guide. Click on Read More below to download and print a copy or pick up your copy at Cherry Hills Village CIty Hall! 
To celebrate the release, CHLP has a special offer for you:
  • Complete the Village Trail and 5 other trails
  • Mark the trails off in your field guide
  • Take a picture of you with your field guide & the completed trails 
  • Send the picture to us (  
  • Get a Cherry Hills Land Preserve Trail t-shirt!
Read More
A special thank you to Janet Kritzer and The Village Club in the creation of this year's Field Guide!

Kids in the Creek Crafts

Do one of these activities and share your masterpiece with CHLP for a chance to win a $10 giftcard!

1. Pick one of these activities:
2. Email pictures of entries to CHLP by midnight August 12 to be entered in the drawing. (
3. Please include your child(ren)'s first name(s) with their corresponding entry.
4. View entries on our Instagram or Facebook pages - be sure to "like" your favorites!
5. CHLP will contact winners via email.
**By entering, you agree to entries being shared on CHLP social media with your child's first name**

Big Facts About Tiny Birds!

These adorable little critters are fixtures of summer in Colorado.  Here in Colorado, there are 4 native species of super-slurping hummers to look out for: broad-tailed hummingbirds, rufous hummingbirds, calliope hummingbirds, and black-chinned hummingbirds.


Some Hummingbird facts:

Hummers beat their wings incredibly fast (about 70 times per second) in a figure-8 pattern that lets them both hover and fly backwards (the only birds that can go in reverse).

Hummers are so smart because their brains are big! They have the biggest brain of any bird relative to their body size.

Hummingbirds drink nectar from flowers with their tongues, not sucking with their beak.  They like to eat bugs every once in a while for a protein boost!  They work so hard collecting nectar that they visit hundreds of flowers every day and drink their weight in nectar daily.

Because they need to conserve energy hummingbirds do not spend all day flying, they spend the majority of their time perched digesting their food.

Hummingbird feathers are very bright colors, especially the males’ throats (called gorgets), but those colors can be hidden when the bird holds the feathers a certain way.

Hummingbird hearts beat around 250 times per minute at rest. For comparison, healthy human hearts beat around 60-80 beats per minute at rest

Rufous and calliope hummingbirds are notoriously brave and territorial and have been known to chase off animals as big as red-tailed hawks even though the hummers are barely the size of the hawk’s foot

Broad-tailed hummingbirds make a special zooming sound when they fly, because the males have a special feather that makes this sound, kind of like when you put a card in the spoke on your bike to make it sound like a motorcycle
The best places to regularly see hummingbirds in Colorado are in mountain meadows of wildflowers, where broad-tailed hummingbirds are happiest

All four native species of hummingbird found in Colorado live at least 8 years


     Book Picks for Kiddos     


Today is the day Tiny Bird begins its amazing journey south for the winter, traveling as fast as thirty miles an hour for hundreds of miles on end. The trip is long, with savage weather and many predators along the way, but Tiny Bird is built for this epic journey and eventually arrives at its winter home.

Click on the book to purchase at The Bookies.

CHLP Upcoming Events you don't want to miss!

July 18
9:00 am-10:00 am

Creeks and Critters 

Cherry Hills Land Preserve and Denver Audubon are teaming up to present a hands-on discovery of Little Dry Creek at Woodie Hollow Park in Cherry Hills Village. The event will run from 9 AM to 11 AM.  Kids of all ages are invited to put on their water shoes, lather up on sunscreen, and pack drinking water for a morning of outdoor water play and education. Learn about the animals and habitats that Little Dry Creek has to offer.

Sold out

July 31
9:00 pm

Summer Stargazing 

Join Cherry Hills Land Preserve at Quincy Farm for a mid-summer evening under the beautiful Colorado night sky! Observe and learn about the many stars in our solar system and beyond. Don't forget to bring blankets, jackets, masks and bug repellent!  Bring a headlamp or flashlight with a “red light” setting if you have one.



August 5
9:30 am- 10:30 am

Building Homes, Building Habitats:
Bird-friendly Gardens for Kids (Webinar) 

Connecting with nature in your own backyard is a powerful tool to help children relieve stress and create joy, all while helping our feathered friends!  Learn about food, water, shelter, and space options that can welcome birds into a backyard sanctuary created by your family. 


August 11

Hummingbird Doodle (Webinar)

You may not be able to catch a hummingbird, but you can learn how to draw one!  


August 30
9:00 am- 11:00 am

Family Bird Walk 

Join the Cherry Hills Land Preserve and Denver Audubon as we tour the Cherry Hills Village trails. The Bird Walk will be a great opportunity to look for the nest hosting the great horned owls that call the area home. We will also learn about the variety of birds that live and migrate through the area. 


We are doing the onsite programs under the Tri-County Health Guidelines, so our on-site classes are smaller to accommodate Covid-19 guidelines. Reserve your spot early!

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