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The Wildlife Experience is located at Parker, Colorado. This is a wildlife conservation museum and has various natural and historic exhibits, paintings and sculpture, photography and large-format films. This museum was opened in the year 2002 C.E as a part of wildlife conservation efforts.
This park is one of the most visually stunning parks in Colorado, best known for its fabulous red rock formations, with fossils chronicling the life of animals and plants for more than one billion years. The ecological diversity here is a result of the "zone of transition" location, between the plains and the mountains. Micro-climates within the parkland have produced seven unique plant communities, all mixing species from both the mountain and plains zones. This is a great place to hike and view wildlife without dodging mountain bikes. But watch out for mountain lions.
Centennial Center Park is located in the heart of its namesake city, within a short distance of the Centennial Civic Center. Sprawling across 11 acres (4.5 hectares), it is an award-winning landscape for family recreation. It features lush greenery, picnic tables, a playground and water park for children. Their shelter, plaza and amphitheater can be rented out for private functions and community events.
Set in the Colorado foothills, this park boasts a world of outdoor recreation. Swim on the open beach (seasonal), fish in the reservoir, or take advantage of the marina and go boating. Hike and bike the easy paved and unpaved trails or visit the B&B livery and take to the park on horseback. Additionally, land has been set aside for camping and picnicking. The setting is conducive for wildlife viewing and during March-September you are certain to see great blue herons on the south side of the park.
Denver's RTD system includes a program called Art-n-Transit, where commissioned statues, murals, and art installations are included at over 30 light rail and bus stations in the Denver metro area. The Arapahoe Village light rail station features a piece entitled Nucleus, created by Michael Clapper and dedicated in 2010, making the last of the Southwest Corridor Art-n-Transit pieces to be dedicated. Nucleus specifically refers to a statue on the south side of the station entrance, along the wheelchair ramp, which consists of three interlocking but separate sandstone forms meant to convey interdependence. Nucleus could also be said to describe the entire station, as it is built as a series of circles within circles, stating with the fountain at the center and moving through the stairs and ramps until it reaches the street again.
Denver's RTD system includes a program called Art-n-Transit, where commissioned statues, murals, and art installations are included at over 30 light rail and bus stations in the Denver metro area. The Orchard light rail station features a piece entitled Orchard Memory, or the Orchard Station Orchard, created by Wopu Holup and dedicated in 2006. Orchard Memory is subtle and easy to miss; it consists of two separate parts. The first, a small orchard of fruit trees planted to surround the parking area and bus stations, could be taken as part of the natural surroundings of the area. The main part of the installation is a series of stamps in the concrete displaying ever growing tree leaves, and stainless steel birds perched on the safety fence alone the sidewalk. Orchard Memory was created to memorialize the apple orchards that once existed where the station now stands.
The preserve at Chatfield is the name sake of the Denver Botanical Garden and runs along the banks of the Deer Creek. The park contains nature trails, gardens, exhibits, observation areas and many more fun things to do. Admission is free for members though non-members have to pay a nominal amount.
Denver's RTD system includes a program called Art-n-Transit, where commissioned statues, murals, and art installations are included at over 30 light rail and bus stations in the Denver metro area. The Belleview light rail station features a piece entitled Thunder Over the Rockies, created by Richard Elliot and dedicated in 2006. Thunder Over the Rockies can be found at the north end of the station, through the pedestrian tunnel leading through the overpass to the larger of the two parking lots. Thunder Over the Rockies consists of several Native American mosaic designs set in brightly colored tiles on the walls and ceiling of the entire tunnel. The effect is subtle but beautiful, especially at night when the tiles reflect light and make the tunnel glow.
Observing birds and animals in their natural environment is one of the best ways to learn about them. Providing an expansive habitat to exotic flora and fauna, the Audubon Center at the Chatfield State Park offers classes, lectures and workshops for visitors of all ages. One of their popular features include identifying different species of birds from the 345 that spend either part or all of the year at the park. Equipped with binoculars, microscopes and more, the Audubon Center facilitates a hands-on approach to the discovery and understanding of nature.
Following the meandering flow of a tree-lined canal, this easy, paved trail for biking, running and strolling travels through the southern section of Denver, from the edge of the western foothills to the eastern outskirts of the city. The route runs along side the Wellshire Golf Course before heading decidedly east. This trail crosses the Cherry Creek Bike Trail, which goes southeast to the Cherry Creek State Park, or northwest to the edge of Denver proper. Continue east on the Highline Canal Trail and tour through the Fairmount Cemetery before the trail shoots into the dark reaches of Aurora.
If you need a temporary reprieve from the city bustle, take in a bit of nature at this local state park. The Cherry Creek Reservoir is the focal point of the park and is a haven for fishing, sailing, swimming and skiing. Numerous nature trails snake through the park offering hikers a chance to see wildlife, while bikers, runners and roller bladers utilize the paved trails and roads. Camping and horse back riding are available. The nature center offers various classes in subjects like aquatic entomology and falconry.
Haunted houses never go out of style. If you're looking for a chill down your spine, then the Reinke Brothers Haunted Mansion will happily fulfill that wish. It's located in Littleton and is billed as Denver's oldest haunted house. There are over 30 elaborately crafted rooms, each displaying astonishing attention to detail. Entrance fees are reasonable and you get an experience well worth your money. Check website for more.