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'Gateway Adventure' programs at GoG Visitor Center through July

Numerous attendees at the annual Bighorn Day are seen on the patio of the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center in February 2016.
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New offerings have been announced in the Gateway Adventure Series at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.
       The series, which started this year, consists of one-to-two-hour programs - lectures, guided hikes or classes - on subjects typically related to the scenic city park.
       Unlike the ongoing, shorter presentations at the center, those in the Adventure Series require a fee and reservations are required.
       The Visitor Center is at 1850 N. 30th St. Gateway Adventure programs through July are the following:
       - Saturday, July 8, from 10 to 11 a.m., “Native American Cultural Stories and Art,” by Native American Women's Association - traditional stories and art. $5.
       - Wednesday, July 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., “Essential Climbing Skills,” by Front Range Climbing Company - introduction to rock climbing (ages 12 and up). $5.
       - Wednesday, July 19, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., “How to Climb,” by Front Range Climbing Company - rock climbing in greater detail. $5.
       - Monday, July 24, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., “Understanding the Solar Eclipse,” by Bruce Bookout and the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society - a look at the science and cultural perspectives. $5.
       Free, weekly programs scheduled at the Visitor & Nature Center are:
       - Mondays, 11 a.m., “The Noisy Magpie - A Real Bird Brain.”
       - Mondays, noon, “Bear Essentials.”
       - Wednesdays, 4 p.m., “Rattlesnakes…”
       - Saturdays, 11:45 a.m., “Pikes Peak or Bust - The Gold Rush of 1859.”
       - Saturdays, 12:45 p.m., “Bighorn Sheep - Versatile Monarch of the Mountains.”
       Other free offerings include guided nature walks daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (plus 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 8 a.m. Saturdays), and two weekly fitness activities (a walk - "Get Fit in the Garden," Wednesdays at 9 a.m.; and a 5K run, "Gallop in the Garden," Thursdays at 4 p.m.).
       Note: The weekly, summer Bat Walk programs through August are entirely booked up, according to Dolores Davis, the center's community relations director.
       The Visitor Center is owned and operated by the Garden of the Gods Foundation. To make reservations for the Gateway Adventure Series or to obtain other program information, call 219-0104 or go to gardenofgods.com.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 6/24/17; Outdoors: Garden of the Gods)

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