Events for Youth

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2016 Summer Workshops for Children Grades Kindergarten – 5th Grade


Dates: Fridays June 10-Aug 5, 2016 9am-noon (No workshop July 1)

Price: $30/workshop

Venue: University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Boulder, CO

Description: Spend Friday mornings with Melissa Reed-Eckert and other science educators at the University of Colorado (CU) Museum of Natural History exploring and creating! The museum’s newest exhibit Becoming Butterflies UCMlogo_color.jpgwill be our jumping-off point to cross-pollinate science and art. Your elementary-age child will visit exhibits, participate in hands-on creative activities with real museum tools and specimens, and move through natural areas outside of the museum. Each workshop meets for three hours from 9:00 am – 12:00pm at the CU Museum of Natural History on the CU-Boulder Campus.

child-with-butterfly.jpgRegistration Information: Advance registration and payment required. The fee is $30 per workshop. 10% discount for Family Level Museum Members. Please choose from the dates and topics listed below. To begin the registration process, call 303-492-1666, fill out the Workshop Registration Form, or email We look forward to exploring the world with your child this summer!
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* Programs facilitated by Melissa Reed-Eckert

Past Events

Celebrate Earth Day with the Twin Lakes Owls in Boulder, CO

Date: Friday, April 22, 2016 5:15-7:00pm

Price: FREE!

Location: Twin Lakes Boulder County Parks and Open Space. Trailhead parking available at 6375 Nautilus Drive, Boulder, CO (map).

Description: Ever wanted to visit amazingly cute baby Owls in their nest?  You’ll likely see the parent owls watching – ready to face any threats.  Excitingly, the young Owls will soon start learning to fly!


Join the inspiring nature guide/ecologist Melissa Reed-Eckert on a beautiful spring evening at her Owl Earth Day table on the walking path just west of Colorado’s most famous owls. Area map here.

A perfect experience for kids and people of all ages, Melissa will share touchable natural wonders related to owls including feathers, mysterious owl pellets, and wonderful stories of wild Great Horned Owls!  Kids and adults will be able to make feathered crafts that they can wear!

Call your family and friends because this beautiful evening stroll and visit with the Owls is a miracle not be missed 🙂 

To visit Twin Lakes and the Owl family this Earth Day pass Avery Brewing and head two blocks east to the end of Nautilus Dr.  Park at the end of the road. (marked by first green arrow)  From there, stroll south on the lovely land bridge between the two lakes.   Walking time is about 10 minutes and you may see bald eagles and a blue heron along the way! As you reach the end of that path, cross a charming bridge and you will see the Owl Education table (blue square on map) and Melissa (pictured below).  Come by any time between 5:15pm and 7:00pm and watch the baby owls to follow!

In-Service Day Workshop for youth grades K-5 at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History ~ Plants: From Fossils to Food

Date: Friday, April 15, 2016 – 9:00am to 4:00pm

Price: $60

Venue: University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Boulder, CO


Description: Where would we be without plants? From palm fronds dug up near highway 36 to plants collected in the high mountains to food growing in our backyards, we’ll explore how everything is connected to plants. We’ll spend some time learning about the special relationships between butterflies and plants. You’ll go home with a plant press to start your own collection, and some seeds to start your own garden. Can you think of a plant that both you and butterflies would like to eat from your garden?

Registration Information: Advance registration and payment required. $60 for the day – you provide lunch, we’ll provide morning and afternoon snacks. Drop-off and pick-up will be in the lot just in front of the museum. 10% discount for Family Level Museum Members. To register, please call 303-492-1666 or email

Presenters: Melissa Reed-Eckert will facilitate the morning workshop. The afternoon workshop will be lead by Sarah Snow.