Volunteers help construct trail at Betasso Preserve

A Workforce of Thousands

February 28, 2014 | by Pascale Fried

This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, demonstrating the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions. National Volunteer Week, April 6 -13, is a time to celebrate people doing […] Read More

Field Notes

Staff from FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers and Parks and Open Space examine St. Vrain Creek flooding issues

A Day in the Life of a Project Manager

February 28, 2014 | by Barry Shook

A project coordinator is a professional who ensures that people and resources devoted to completing a goal are used appropriately. They typically juggle a combination of responsibilities, including managing and communicating among team members, coordinating meetings, […] Read More

Nature Detectives


Dig Badger Dig

February 28, 2014 | by Staff

Badger ambled across the grassy field, pausing now and then to sniff the spring air. She smelled Coyote’s scent on the breeze. Coyote wasn’t far away, but he didn’t worry her. Badger had a bold and […] Read More


Treatment area is shown by trees on map

Reducing Fire Hazards at Mud Lake

February 28, 2014 | by Ashley Garrison

In 2014, the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department is treating approximately 100 acres at Mud Lake Open Space for wildfire fuel reduction. The hazardous fuels reduction treatment plan was approved in the 2004 Mud […] Read More


Famuer Rasmussen Jr

A Farming Legacy Continues

February 28, 2014 | by Jennifer Kemp

On a cold and wet October day in 2012, participants in the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Fall Ag Tour descended from two charter buses onto an extremely muddy sugar beet field. There to greet […] Read More



American Avocet, aka “Blue Shanks”

February 28, 2014 | by Maggie Haseman

Looking through binoculars or a spotting scope at one of the ponds on open space you might see a distinctive bird strolling on slender bluish-gray legs. Its nickname is “blue shanks,” but the more commonly used […] Read More

Park Visitors


Visitors at Betasso: Balancing Needs

February 28, 2014 | by Michelle Bowie

In 1976, Betasso Preserve made history as the county’s first major open space purchase. Easily accessible from the Front Range, the property quickly became a popular destination. By 1985, it was estimated that around 3,000 people […] Read More


Pella Restroom and Kiosk

Aftermath & Images: Flood of 2013

November 21, 2013 | by Sally Wier

In the 4.5 billion years that Earth has existed, the arrangement of its lands and waters has altered enormously. Continents have come and gone, oceans have taken on many shapes and sizes, and mountains have been […] Read More

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