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Now that everyone is wearing a mask and given the recent tragic events, let us all take the opportunity to look more deeply into peoples’ eyes and see them in a new way. Perhaps, at a time that it is more important than ever, we will truly start to see others like we never have before.

We also encourage you to breathe deep and take a fresh look at your nature neighborhood. In this newsletter, meet some locals, learn tips and tricks for navigating our trails and open spaces in a Covid-19 world and celebrate a conservationist heroine.

Pause. Breathe. Rejuvenate with Nature.

Cherry Hills Land Preserve
 

What does it mean to yield to a horse?

All trail users have rights and responsibilities to each other and to our trails. Please keep a 6’ distance and a mask is recommended if you can’t keep that distance. If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home and enjoy the trails another day. We all share a love of nature, open space and trails, and it's important that we unite to support and care for our trails and public lands.
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CHLP Upcoming Dates

June 9・8:15 am-10:00 am

Quincy Farm Committee Meeting 

Interested in Quincy Farm?  Click below to see the Committee Agenda and the Attachment of the approved site plan and the draft Master Plan that is under review.  You need to scroll down to reach the draft Master Plan.
https://www.cherryhillsvillage.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_06092020-768
Please stay informed and join the meeting.  If you can't make the meeting and would like your ideas or comments presented, please send them to info@cherryhillslandpreserve.org.
We thank the Quincy Farm Committee for the time and energy they have devoted to this important project.
 

June 12・8:00 am-9:00 am

Outdoors Family Birding Adventure 

Learning about local birds and exploring them together as a family is a wonderful way to engage even your youngest child in the Great Outdoors! Join Audubon Staff and Volunteers on walks throughout the Metro-area. Toddlers to teenagers will improve their spotting skills and bird identification through calls, colors, and flight. Bring your own binoculars and start a new family hobby! 
 

June 15

Our popular Cherry Hills Land Preserve Field Guide will be published on our website for you to download and begin summer adventures with your kids!  Find it at www.cherryhillslandpreserve.org.
 

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 and 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. 
 

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. 

Contact kathy@cherryhillslandpreserve.org to reserve a spot in these programs.  We are doing the onsite programs under the Tri-County Health Guidelines, so our on-site classes are smaller to accommodate the Covid-19 guidelines.  Reserve your spot early!

Meet the Locals

Bullsnakes

Have you encountered a large, yellow and brown snake with a banding pattern on its back in the village? Maybe on the High Line Canal Trail in the sun? If the answer is yes, it was probably a bullsnake. These rodent-gobbling, legless wonders are really important predators in our ecosystems here and we want them to stick around. 
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Miller Moths

Living along the Front Range means that every spring we experience a small, dusty migration. Those of you who have been here a while know exactly what I’m talking about. Those of you who are newer to the area: meet the Miller Moth. 
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Stress and the Healing Effects of Nature

Take a “nature pill!”

Anybody else been feeling a little stressed lately? Take a “nature pill!” Given current events, the phrase “a little stressed” may be the understatement of the year, but the good news is that stress relief is all around us, especially here in Cherry Hills Village.
 
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Nature Lover's Book Club

What we're reading:
The Overstory by Richard Powers

The Overstory drops you into the lives of 9 flawed individuals and their love for trees. Through their stories you discover how much like humans trees really are. They experience pain, communicate with each other, look after one another, and despite not having a brain they are 'aware'...
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Let's be Social

Painted Rocks

Painted Rocks are showing up at Three Pond Park! Go search for them and share your pictures with us on Instagram with #CHLPpaintedrocks or tag us (@CHLP_CO).

Have other cool nature pictures you want to share? Tag us on social media or send us an email!
@CHLP_CO
@CHLPinCO
@CHLP_CO
comm@cherryhillslandpreserve.org

Celebration of Life: Candy Gray

Cynthia Norton Gray (Candy) was born in Denver, on June 10, 1951 and died on April 5, 2020 of lung cancer at Quincy Farm in Cherry Hills Village.  Candy was independent with her thoughts and action, a nonconformist, very astute observer of others, an adept caregiver, and skilled crafts person in carpentry, pottery, and welding. 

Candy was a conservationist and her beliefs were consistent with Aldo Leopold who said, “When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”  He called this a “land ethic” which expanded the definition of “community” to include not only humans, but all of the other parts of the Earth, as well: soils, waters, plants, and animals, or what Leopold called “the land.”  Working with the owner of Quincy Farm, Cat Anderson, Candy taught generations of children about this “land ethic” through Pony Club, the nurturing of many horses, goats, donkeys, chickens, dogs, cats, and Quincy Farm, “the land”, itself. 

Our open spaces are as important now as ever -
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