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Friends of Red Rock Canyon Talk and Walks scheduled; preregistration necessary

Sandstone rock formations border a meadow at the upper end of Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
Westside Pioneer file photo
       Free outdoor presentations followed by hikes are scheduled as part of “Education Week,” sponsored by the Friends of Red Rock Canyon Aug. 24-27.
       Three of the four events - which are dubbed “Talk and Walks,” will be at the city-owned Westside open space. The other will be Aug. 24 in Ute Valley Park.
       Here is information about the three Talk and Walks in Red Rock Canyon:
       · Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. - “Plants of Red Rock Canyon,” by Amber Shanklin, Pikes Peak region conservation director for the Palmer Land Trust. She will discuss the region's “native and non-native plant species and what impacts they have in our open spaces,” a press release states.
       · Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 6 to 7 p.m.- “Geology of Red Rock Canyon,” by Anthony Maltese, a local paleontologist and president of the Friends group. “His Talk and Walk will lead us up through geological time while focusing on the animals and plants that lived in the open space,” according to the release.
       · Thursday, Aug. 27 from 10 to 11 a.m.- “Educational Activities for Pre-School and Kindergartens,” by Teresa Valier, a veteran kindergarten teacher. “Activities will focus on awareness of environment that will help them appreciate the natural surroundings,” the release states.
       Pre-registration is necessary because of space limitations. To sign up, call David Valier at 685-4792 or e-mail friends@redrockcanyonopenspace.org.
       Working with City Parks, the Friends of Red Rock Canyon supports the open space through advocacy as well as maintenance projects.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 8/19/15; Outdoors: Red Rock Canyon)

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