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Renovation done, GoG Visitor Center brings back nature, history presentations

       With the completion in May of the 1 1/2-year renovation project, daily interpretative programs have returned to the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1850 N. 30th St.
       The talks, some with displays or even period costumes, last 15 to 30 minutes each and are free to the public. The presenters are volunteer naturalists and/or historians.
       Included are the seasonal bat walks, Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.,
From Woodall Mountain in Missippi (806 feet) to Denali (Mt. McKinley) in Alaska (20,320 feet), a panel in the new exhibit area at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center compares the elevations of several mountains in the United States.
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Specialist Jeanne McElderry leads groups to where bats can be found. Reservations are required by calling the center at 219-0108.
       In addition, in collaboration with the Pikes Peak Library District, a “Nature Storytime” started this month for ages 3 and up. Including stories and crafts, the activity is on Sundays at 1 p.m. in the Red Rocks Room, located on the Visitor Center's second floor.
       “We are finally starting up all the presentations again and more,” explained center spokesperson Dolores Davis, noting that additional programs are in the works.
       The following schedule lists the interpretative programs (presenter in parentheses) through the end of June. Times are subject to change. The meeting place is the Red Rocks Room, except where otherwise noted. For more information, call 219-0108.
       June 23 - 10:30 a.m., “Wildlife in the Park” (Alan Simmons); 11:15 a.m., “Birds, Plants, and Trees in the Park” (Simmons); noon, “The Park Rocks - Geology of the Park” (Simmons); 6:30 p.m., “Bat Walk” (McElderry - reservations required).
       June 24 - noon, “Lost Structures of the Garden of the Gods” (Bowen Gillings); 1:15 p.m. “Rattlesnakesss” (Jane Gasko); 4:45 p.m., “Prairie Falcon Watch” (Jane & Cliff Eisenach - meet at Perkins Trail, Central Garden).
       June 25 - noon, “He Gave Us the Garden: Charles Eliott Perkins” (Gillings); 1:30 p.m., “A Peek at Pikes Peak” (Sue Stoner).
       June 26 - 11 a.m., “Zebulon Pike” (Lee Tatum); 1:30 p.m., “Zebulon Pike in Person” (Dave Wallace); 2:15 p.m., “Mountain Man” (Wallace).
       June 27 - 12:15 p.m., “Pikes Peak or Bust - The Gold Rush of 1859” (Paul Roberts); 1:45 p.m., “Mountain Man” (Wallace); 2:30 p.m., “Zebulon Pike in Person” (Wallace).
       June 28 - 10:15 a.m., “Bison! Bison!” (Bette Lamore); 11 a.m., “Jewels in Flight - Hummingbirds” (Lamore); 1-2 p.m., “Storytime” (Crystal Carter); 2:30 p.m., “Our Mountain Lions” (Jane & Cliff Eisenach); 3 p.m., "Wildcats of Colorado" (Eisenachs); 3:30 p.m., “Our Mountain Lions” (Eisenachs); 4 p.m., “The Black Bear” (Eisenachs).
       June 29 - 11:15 a.m., “Peoples of the Red Earth” (Tom Kelley); noon, “Bear Essentials” (Larry Reisinger).
       June 30 - 10:30 a.m., “Wildlife in the Park” (Simmons); 11:15 a.m., “Birds, Plants, and Trees in the Park” (Simmons); noon, “The Park Rocks - Geology of the Park” (Simmons); 6:30 p.m., “Bat Walk” (McElderry - reservations required).

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 6/23/15; Outdoors: Garden of the Gods )

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