Nature Study Goals

We didn't do so well on 2015's goals - completed 2 of the 10 goals, partial completion of 3 of the 10 goals and didn't even touch the other 5.  In 2016, we did even worse on the goals I had written out but we learned a lot about bluebird monitoring and bird banding and took lots of hikes.  In 2017, I hope to do a better, more rounded nature study.  

Here are our goals for 2017

1) Visit two new national parks in 2017.  We have already visited
  •  Arches National Park
  • Badlands
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Great Sand Dunes
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Wind Cave in South Dakota
  • Bryce Canyon, 
  • Zion National Park, 
  • Death Valley, 
  • Grand Canyon, 
  • Sunset Crater, 
  • Walnut Canyon, 
  • El Malpais, 
  • Petrified Forest and 
  • Painted Desert, 
  • Bandelier National Monument, 
  • Great Sand Dunes

2) Complete 1 of the 4 Outdoor Hour Challenges each month.  These are gleaned from the Handbook of Nature Study website. 
3) Identify and journal three new rocks.

4) Identify and journal three new trees.

5) Identify and journal three new insects 

6) Identify and journal three wildflowers of Colorado

7)  Visit a new-to-us state park


  • Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
  • Barr Lake
  • Boyd Lake
  • Castlewood Canyon
  • Chatfield
  • Cherry Creek
  • Cheyenne Mountain
  • Crawford
  • Eldorado Canyon
  • Eleven Mile
  • Elkhead Reservoir
  • Golden Gate Canyon
  • Harvey Gap
  • Highline Lake
  • Jackson Lake
  • James M. Robb Colorado River
  • John Martin Reservoir
  • Lake Pueblo
  • Lathrop
  • Lone Mesa
  • Lory
  • Mancos
  • Mueller
  • Navajo
  • North Sterling
  • Paonia
  • Pearl Lake
  • Ridgway
  • Rifle Falls
  • Rifle Gap
  • Roxborough
  • St. Vrain
  • San Luis
  • Spinney Mountain
  • Stagecoach
  • State Forest
  • Staunton
  • Steamboat Lake
  • Sweitzer Lake
  • Sylvan Lake
  • Trinidad Lake
  • Vega 
  • Yampa River
8) Take a monthly hike in April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November

9) Participate in a citizen science project.


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