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'Gateway Adventure Series' offers lengthier presentations at GoG Visitor Center

A tree overlooking the Garden of the Gods shows the effects of a curious snowfall, with the snow on one side but not the other.
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The Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center this year has begun offering the Gateway Adventure Series.
       These are one-to-two-hour programs - lectures, guided hikes or classes - on various subjects, typically related to the scenic city park.
       Unlike the frequent, ongoing, shorter presentations at the center, those in the Adventure Series require a fee.
       “We're getting a good response so far,” said Dolores Davis, the center's community relations director. “There are some really fun new offerings for the Westside folks.”
       Reservations are required. For more information about the series, or about any other garden activities/programs, call 219-0104 or go to gardenofgods.com.
       The Visitor Center is at 1850 N. 30th St.
       Scheduled through March in the Adventure Series are the following:
       - Friday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m., “Growth of a Garden,” by City Parks interpreter Brook Cruz - a history presentation on the development of Garden. $5.
       - Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m., “Voices of the Garden,” by Navigators historian Susan Fletcher - stories about the park, along with information about recording oral history. $5.
       - Friday, March 3 at 10 a.m., “History of Climbing in the Garden of the Gods,” by climber/author Stewart Green - lecture, followed by a hike/walk to view climbing routes. $5.
       - Saturday, March 11 at 3 p.m., “Introduction to Astronomy,” by Hal Bidlack and the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society - presentation to help people get started in the discipline. $5.
       - Friday, March 17 at 10 a.m., “Blacksmithing Demonstration,” by Rock Ledge Ranch manager Andy Morris - display of techniques in the ranch shop. $5.
       - Sunday, March 26 at 1 p.m., “Pine Needle Basketry Class,” by Visitor Center program coordinator Elizabeth Barber. Ages 16 and up. $20.

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(Posted 2/12/17; Outdoors: Garden of the Gods)

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