Summer ’21 Educational Events

All of Friends of the Dillon Ranger District’s educational hikes, tours, and events are free to the public! Space is limited in each tour to ensure everyone in the group can hear the leader and engage in the conversation while on the trail. Please be mindful of the group size restrictions and try to limit your educational tour registrations to three per summer. This will allow all who are interested in joining a tour, to have a chance to attend. Thank you for your understanding!

*More hikes and tours will be added throughout the summer, so keep checking the website for more offerings.*

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Dates:

  • Wednesday, May 19th, 4pm – WEBINAR: What Our Snow Pack Means for Summer

  • Tuesday June 8th, 9am – Fuels Reduction in Summit County Hike, at Miners Creek

  • Saturday, June 12th, 9am – Amateur Archeology, Location TBD

  • Tuesday, June 15th, 9am – Waterside Walk: Spring Runoff and Forecasting, Location TBD

  • Friday, June 25th, 9am – Birds of Prey Auto Tour

  • Sunday July 11th, 5pm – Raptor Education Foundation Presentation at the Dillon Amphitheater

  • Tuesday, July 20th, 8:45am – Geological History of Summit County Auto Tour

  • Thursday, July 22nd, 9am – Mining History Hike at Mountain Pride Mine

  • Saturday, July 31st, 9am – Amateur Archeology, Location TBD

  • Friday, August 6th, 8:45am – Geological History of Summit County Auto Tour

  • Friday, August 20th, 9am – Mining History Hike at Gold Run Mine

  • Friday, September 17th, 9am – Waterside Walk: State of the River, Location TBD

Space is limited and sign up is required for all educational hikes, tours, and events!

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Descriptions:

WEBINAR: What our Snowpack Means For Summer

Join us for an evening with Blue River Water Commissioner, Troy Wineland, as he discusses the snowfall from the 2020-2021 winter season and what we can expect for our rivers, reservoirs and drought conditions this summer. Learn more about diminished water levels in the Colorado River Basin and how this affects water availability and use. There will be a question and answer segment at the end of the webinar.

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Fuels Reduction in Summit County Hike

Join the Dillon Ranger District’s Fuels Planner, Kat Gray, on a hike around some of the recent fire breaks that have been implemented around the county. We will discuss the work that goes into these treatments as well as the importance of these clear cuts to our community. Take in beautiful views of Lake Dillon while learning how the USFS is preventing greater negative impacts from wildfires.

Amateur Archeology

Join longtime local and FDRD board member, Charlotte Clarke for a visit to a local ghost town. We will use guides to study nails, glass, cans, and other remnants that are on site to determine when this ghost town was in its heyday.

Waterside Walk: Spring Runoff and Forecasting

Join FDRD and Blue River Water Commissioner, Troy Wineland, for a walk by the waterside! At the time when rivers are usually at their highest for the season, Troy will discuss what the water level this year means for our community and water users downstream. We will also discuss how Troy forecasts water levels and what this year’s forecast means.

Birds of Prey Auto Tour

Join dedicated FDRD volunteer and birder extraordinaire, Ruth Heimburger Carroll, for a driving tour to spy on a few of our local raptor nests here in Summit County from a distance with a spotting scope. If we are lucky we will see some osprey, hawks, maybe even a bald or golden eagle! Due to current COVID-19 regulations, we will not have people carpooling to different locations, you must drive to each site with the same people you came with.

Raptor Education Foundation Presentation

Join FDRD, the Town of Dillon, and the Raptor Education Foundation at the Dillon Amphitheater for a FREE educational program about raptors, complete with live birds from their rehab center in Brighton, Colorado. Learn about eagles, hawks, falcons, and more from the birds of prey experts.

Geological History of Summit County Auto Tour

Have you ever been curious about the different rock formations that speckle our local landscape? The mountainous environment here in Summit County provides a phenomenal landscape to observe geological and historical points of interest. Join FDRD and our resident geology expert, Joe Newhart, for an informative tour of some of Summit County’s most interesting geological locations. This tour has 5 different stops around the county to observe rock formations, therefore we drive to each location and very minimal walking is done.

Mining History Hike

Join our friend and mining/history expert, Rick Hague, for an informative walk covering our rich history of mining in Summit County. Rick will lead discussions on the way things were back in the mining days. Bring your questions for Rick – he’s got all the answers! This will be a fascinating morning you won’t want to miss.

Amateur Archeology

Join longtime local and FDRD board member, Charlotte Clarke for a visit to a local ghost town. We will use guides to study nails, glass, cans, and other remnants that are on site to determine when this ghost town was in its heyday.

Geological History of Summit County Auto Tour

Have you ever been curious about the different rock formations that speckle our local landscape? The mountainous environment here in Summit County provides a phenomenal landscape to observe geological and historical points of interest. Join FDRD and our resident geology expert, Joe Newhart, for an informative tour of some of Summit County’s most interesting geological locations. This tour has 5 different stops around the county to observe rock formations, therefore we drive to each location and very minimal walking is done.

Mining History Hike

Join our friend and mining/history expert, Rick Hague, for an informative walk covering our rich history of mining in Summit County. Rick will lead discussions on the way things were back in the mining days. Bring your questions for Rick – he’s got all the answers! This will be a fascinating morning you won’t want to miss.

Waterside Walk: State of the River

Join FDRD and Blue River Water Commissioner, Troy Wineland, for a walk by the waterside! We will look back at the summer’s precipitation and what we might expect for the winter season. We will discuss the forecast that was set in the spring. Was the forecast high? Low? Take in the serene sights and sounds of the water as we pick the brain of a local water expert.

Space is limited and sign up is required for all educational hikes, tours, and events!

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