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Summer is in full-swing and we hope everyone is enjoying the hot, sunny days outdoors and preparing for a fun and safe Fourth of July weekend!

For some outdoor exploration for the kiddos during these long summer months, check out CHLP's 2020 Kids in the Creek Field Guide below. We also have more Cherry Hills Village Locals for you to meet this month and a book recommendation for the nature-loving book worm.

Happy Fourth of July!

Cherry Hills Land Preserve


The 2020 Kids in the Creek Field Guide is here! 

CHLP worked with Parks, Trails, and Recreation Commission of Cherry Hills Village 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!
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A special thank you to Janet Kritzer and The Village Club in the creation of this year's Field Guide!

CHLP Upcoming Dates

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.



July 22
6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Wildscaping 101:
Native Plants for Birds

Go ahead & get to WILDSCAPING!
Understanding the complexities of wild bird diets will help attract a more diverse collection of birds to your backyard landscape. Utilizing native plant choices, Denver Audubon will guide you through the process of designing a wildlife habitat, including the potential to certify through the Habitat Hero program offered through our partner organization, Audubon Rockies. This program is for adults and is a webinar. 


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 and bug repellent!



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 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!


Meet the Locals


Like tiny, feathered, emerald jets but with about 1000 times the personality, these adorable little critters are fixtures of summer in Colorado. It’s hard not to enjoy watching them zoom from flower to flower and is even harder not to be in awe of just how super these smallest of birds actually are. 
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They’re everywhere. In the grass, under your porch or shed, eating your garden and being chased by your dog. Wascally wabbits are a ubiquitous sight around Cherry Hills and Metro Denver. But what are these bouncy critters that look so cute and cuddly? 
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Nature Lover's Book Club

How to Raise a Wild Child by Dr. Scott Sampson

Were you a wild child? Are your kids wild children? According to Dr. Scott Sampson, if the answer to the former is yes, then you were raised right; if the answer to the latter is yes, then you are raising your kids right. Dr. Sampson's book, How to Raise a Wild Child, and a TED talk of the same name share the positive impacts that time in nature has on kids.
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Let's be Social

Don't forget to share pictures of all the exploring of our open spaces going on as the weather warms up. These Lewis Flax purple flowers were shared with us.  What have you found in your backyard?

Have other cool nature pictures you want to share? Tag us on social media or send us an email!
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