Community Programs

From pre-k to gray, adventure for everyone!

Campfire Hikes



Avoid cabin fever with a family friendly hike at our Backcountry Base Camp. Depending on the weather and conditions, we’ll do a short nature hike, explore in the woods, build snowmen, and relax in the fresh air. After the hike, post up next to the fire to roast marshmallows and make s’mores..


Guided Hikes



Explore the Backcountry Wilderness Area with a naturalist. Meet your naturalist at Base Camp, then wander through ponderosa stands, look for wildlife in their natural habitat, and chat about the conservation of the area. Keep an eye on the weather—these hikes will be guided on snowshoes if the snow accumulation calls for it. Don’t forget your binoculars! Ages 12+ recommended.


Full Moon Hikes



Leave your flashlight behind and let the full moon guide this hike into the Backcountry Wilderness Area. Put your senses on full alert as you take in the sights and sounds of the night. A naturalist will share how humans and animals see in the darkness versus the daylight, and how your eyes may not be able to see what's really out there. Ages 7+ recommended.


Wellness Walks



Join us for a walk in the Backcountry Wilderness Area! Stretch your legs and your knowledge of the Backcountry during this on-road walk. This social walk will be paced by the present participants and will not go off-road (no single-track trail hiking)..


Birding



Have you seen our local pair of nesting golden eagles or peeked into a birdhouse to see baby bluebirds? Whether you are a master birder or merely a curious beginner, join us on one of our hikes or hayrides to see and learn about the magnificent birds found in Colorado. Don’t forget your binoculars and camera! Ages 8+ recommended.


Vehicle Drawn Hayrides



Join us on one of our various themed vehicle-drawn hayrides where you will get to take in the views of the Backcountry while learning about, and hopefully seeing, the magnificent wildlife found in Colorado. Depending on the time of year we might head out in search of birds, wild turkeys, or bugling elk. Don’t forget your binoculars and camera!


Constellations and Cocoa



Take in the night sky with a cup of cocoa in-hand! Bring a picnic dinner to eat around the campfire, along with a blanket or camp chairs to sit on as astronomers use their know-how and telescopes to teach on the constellations of the winter sky. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN MUG. This event is zero waste; we do not provide cups.


Night in the Backcountry



Dinner al fresco, a natural free-play area, and a Rocky Mountain sunset…right in your backyard! Come out to Night in the Backcountry and spend an evening outside with the whole family. Bring a picnic dinner and spend the evening exploring our Base Camp Backyard as a family. Activities are always changing, but a night may include taking a short hike, listening in on a kid-focused nature chat, or learning constellations!


Paint the Wild



Relax, socialize with your friends, and paint a unique piece of art! You'll be guided step-by-step to paint a realistic picture of an animal or plant that lives in the Backcountry Wilderness Area. The painting subject will change each class. All materials and one freebie Living the Dream Co. beer will be provided. Adults only. THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE AT LIVING THE DREAM BREWING CO.: Living the Dream Brewing Co.,12305 N. Dumont Way, Littleton, CO 80125


Camp Cooking 101



Prep for the summer camping season with a lesson on whipping up meals in the woods...beyond the standard hot dog over an open flame. We'll give you information on helpful cooking tools along with some recipes sure to please the taste buds for the entire family. And yes, there will be lots of taste-testing as all of the course's food and materials are included!


Women in the Wilderness



Become a leader in the outdoors no matter the makeup of your exploring group! Beyond learning how-to pack your backpack with the necessities for a safe trip into the wild, pack your brain with tips and tricks for fire starting, plant identification, knot tying, water purification, shelter building, and more. This is a women's-only course geared toward adult participants and mature teens. Make sure you bring a backpack with a reusable water bottle, snack, and any other essentials you would like for spending the afternoon outdoors.


Community Program Details



What to Wear: Please wear closed toe shoes and comfortable, weather appropriate clothing for all programs. 

What to Bring: Bring your sense of adventure and any basic necessities listed in the program description above. You will receive an email a few days prior to your program with reminders and any other details related to your program.

Location: Backcountry Base Camp; 6005 Ron King Trail, Littleton, CO 80125. Map & Directions.

Refund Policy: Refund and transfer requests must be made 5 days prior to the start date of the program. Programs typically run rain, snow, or shine. If we have to cancel a program due to severe weather, you will be given a full refund.

Questions? Contact Tara Clark at tara.clark@hrcaonline.org or 303-471-7053.

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