Great Fun and Education for Public Lands Day
This is another great event, of many, taking place in Pagosa Springs. Opportunities for such fun and educational events abound in the area giving folks and children activities to participate in. The Forest Service and the Pagosa Area Trails Council are to be thanked for this excellent work. Norm
Pagosa Springs, CO – We didn’t even have to open the box. It was already open for us. The contents missing. The donated Polaroid camera sent from across the country was gone. We were excited to use this nearly extinct piece of equipment to take photos with Smokey that would be tucked into a frame colored by the kiddos and placed on home refrigerators. Instead, we would have to rely upon the new technology of digital cameras and uploading to social media (check out our 2017 Public Lands Day photos on Facebook.
Over 150 kids, and their accompanying parents, joined the Public Lands Day festivities at Coyote Hill on Saturday, September 23rd. The weather changed by the moment but that didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm and smiling faces of families dressed for the conditions.
Activities included a cross-cut demonstration, nature scavenger hunt and trail gorp BINGO. As expected, the highlight was a visit by Smokey the Bear – who is seemingly adored by young, and the not so young. The San Juan String Band provided musical entertainment despite the clouding weather.
Paul Blackman, Recreation Program Manager for the Pagosa Ranger District, ever worried about the weather that washed out the event in 2016, was as excited as, well as excited as Paul gets. “National Public Lands Day is critical to create awareness to the diversity and value of our public lands. By highlighting this special day to a broader audience, we hope to promote a greater appreciation and protection of these special places. Public lands drive the local recreation economy and helps build momentum for the ongoing effort to grow the number of stewards of our public lands.”
A huge thank you to the Pagosa Ranger District, Pagosa Area Trails Council, San Juan Backcountry Horsemen, San Juan String Band, Mountain View Homemakers and the various volunteers including Brandon C, Betsy C, Thomas D, Janine E, Debbie M, John N, Lisa N, Lynne S, Bev W, Mark W, Meg W and the many others who jumped in where assistance was needed.
To learn more about the Pagosa Area Trails Council, please contact:
Stacy Boone, President
Office: (970) 946-5001