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Annual event honoring bighorns at GoG Visitor Center Feb. 10

Jan. 28, 2018; updated Feb. 1, 2018
       The Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center will once again honor the official state animal of Colorado with the 13th annual Bighorn Sheep Day at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center Saturday, Feb. 10.
       The time range will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center is at 1805 N. 30th St.
Telescopes and binoculars were the thing on the upstairs deck of the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center during the annual Bighorn Sheep Day in February 2017. The viewers were hoping for glimpses of bighorns in the Garden or just north of it.
Westside Pioneer file photo

       Admission and all activites are free.
       Included will be crafts, games, hourly guided walks, four scheduled presentations and telescopic chances to view bighorns from the center as well as from the Mesa Road overlook.
       Coordinated by City Parks and the Nature Center with other outdoor-related entities and nonprofits, the annual event spotlights the roughly 70 Rampart Herd bighorns who live in the mountainous terrain north of the Garden.
       Here is a list of the presentations:
       · 10:30 a.m., “Bighorn Survival Game” (for ages 6 and up), by Pat Grove, Colorado Parks and Wildlife volunteer.
       · 11:45 a.m., “Bighorn Sheep of the Pikes Peak Region,” by Jeremy Agnew, Colorado Parks and Wildlife volunteer.
       · 1 p.m., “Animal Jobs” - featuring small animals brought in by staff from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
       · 2:15 p.m., “Rampart Range Bighorns,” by Corey Adler, wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife..
       Manning information tables will be the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Bear Creek Nature Center, National Forest Service (Smokey the Bear), Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Bighorn Sheep Society, Garden of the Gods Foundation, FOGG (Friends of Garden of the Gods) and City of Colorado Springs Cultural Services.
       Overflow parking will be available in the Rock Ledge Ranch parking lot on the other side of 30th Street.
       For more information, call 634-6666 x0.

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