Animals Around the Rock
Join Douglas Land Conservancy and the Town of Castle Rock as we dive into the characteristics that define our local wildlife, including raptors, reptiles, bats, insects and other species. Local wildlife experts, organizations and wildlife rehabilitators, such as Nature’s Educators and Denver Audubon, will be featured at these programs. Discover the various types of animals that live locally and all over the world. Find out what they eat, how they hunt, where they live and how they benefit the local ecosystems.
- Family-friendly event; free to the public
- Amphitheater programs have outdoor seating up to 250; families are invited to bring a picnic dinner
- Indoor seating at the Millhouse will be limited depending on current State health orders.
- Donations to Douglas Land Conservancy are suggested as $10 per person or $20 per family
- Nature's Educators is a local, non-profit licensed wildlife education program that is the primary expert for Castle Rock's Animals Around the Rock series. They are always in need of support both financially, as well as, with supplies for their wildlife ambassadors and the patients in their new wildlife hospital. Due to COVID-19, their opportunities to give presentations and receive donations are down. However, the costs to care for the animals remains the same. If you would like to donate items such as sheets, towels, ziplock baggies, latex gloves, bleach, white vinegar, gift cards or make a financial donation, please visit their website natureseducators.org or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Raptors Over the Rock
- Reptiles Under the Rock
- Batty About Castle Rock
- Creepy Crawlies at the Rock
- What a Hoot! Virtual Presentation
Raptors Over the Rock
Join Nature’s Educators for this popular one-hour presentation featuring the birds that share our home. Learn about the characteristics that define raptors, including where they live and how they hunt. Arrive early for picnicking. Dogs are not allowed at the event in order to minimize disturbance to the birds.
Tuesday, July 13
The Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park
Rain date: July 20
Reptiles Under the Rock
Join Nature’s Educators for another one-hour presentation featuring some of the amazing reptiles and amphibians that live in our area. They will bring up to six native reptiles to meet and learn about their habitats, diets, defenses, conservation and more. Arrive early for picnicking! This event is great for all ages.
Tuesday, Aug. 10
The Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park
Rain date: Aug. 17
Batty About Castle Rock
Join the Denver Audubon for a presentation on local bats, adaptations and the benefits they bring to our ecology, sponsored by the Douglas Land Conservancy. Registration required and limited to 100 participants. Registration will open later this summer.
Tuesday, Sept. 14
The Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park
Watch a recording of the 2020 presentation.
Fall Festival featuring Creepy Crawlies Around the Rock
From the changing leaves, to the soft, fall breeze there is something special about this season at Festival Park. Experience a new Fall Festival full of activities, seasonal vendors and all things autumn.
The festival, put on by the Local Colorado, the organizer of our Sunday Farmers’ Market at Festival Park begins at 10 a.m.
In addition to strolling through over 30 harvest-style vendors featuring locally made food and craft products, families can enjoy activity stations such as giant tic-tac-toe, guessing games, and a decorated photo station for all of your selfies. Plus, enjoy a free photo booth, caricature artist, henna tattoos and candy for your little trick or treaters.
Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Douglas Land Conservancy will also join the fun with Creepy Crawlies Around the Rock. This educational, Halloween-themed animal booth will include some of Castle Rock’s creepiest creatures such as snakes, spiders, toads, owls and roaches. Presenters from Nature's Educators will be on hand to answer questions.
What a Hoot!
This program is dedicated to learning about owls and the physical and behavioral adaptations that help them survive. Meet some real live owls and learn their personal stories and amazing features. Recommended for ages kindergarten and up. Registration is required and limited to 100 participants. When complete, registrants will receive the Webex link.